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Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab
Address:Patiala-Rajpura Road
Patiala (District Patiala)
Punjab, India
Pin Code : 147002
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Punjabi University, Patiala Punjab is a University recognised by UGC. Punjabi University, Patiala Punjab was established on / in 30th April, 1962.


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

Fax # of Punjabi University, Patiala Punjab is 282881, 2286682, 2283073.

Contact Person(s) of the Punjabi University, Patiala Punjab is (are): Dr Gurmeet Maan (Director Public Relations).

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Punjabi University, Patiala Punjab are 99880-96004, 98153-95729, 94175-52234.

email ID(s) is Punjabi University Patiala Punjab

Website of Punjabi University, Patiala Punjab is www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in.

Vice Chancellor : Dr Jaspal Singh (Mobile 98786-73990 ok) 2282418, 3046001 Res Ph:2282478.

Registrar : Dr AS Chawla, 0175 - 852416, Tel : 0175-3046030 (new), 91-175-2286416 / 2222767 (R ).


Contact Details of Punjabi University, Patiala Punjab are : Telephone: +91-175-282418, 282478, 282416, 282569, 214300, 3046290, 3046598-99, 304-6366. EPABX-282461-66, Telephone: +91-175-282882, 283073, 321770
earlier Vice Chancellor Dr SS Boparai. email id: boparai@pbi.ac.in, jsa@pbi.ernet.in

Dr Balwinder Singh Tiwana, Director, Academic Staff College
Dr Kulbir Singh Dhillon, Dean, Students
Dr Rajinder Singh Gill, Dean, Art & Culture Faculty
Dr Yash Pal Sharma, Ex Dean, Art & Culture Faculty
Dr Gurcharan Singh, Drama Dept
Dr Sunita Dheer
Dr Yogesh Gambhir
Dr Navjot Kaur Ksel, Music Dept
Dr Navpreet Kaur, Zoology Dept
Dr Gurnam Singh, HoD, Gurmat Music Dept
Dr Davinder Singh, Director Planning & Monitoring

Dr Gurnam Singh, Founder Professor and Head, Gurmat Sangeet Chair, Gurmat Sangeet Dept
Prof Dr Harjinder Walia, Head, Dept of Journalism 98723-14380
Dr Pushpinder Gill (Reader, Dept of Business Management) 98141-45045
Mr Arun Bansal (Dept of Computer Science) arun.bansal@mailcity.com 98150-22218, SUNAM 3022218
Mr Rakesh (Mansa Wale), Research Scholar, Commerce Dept 94171-38132
DR MUNISH PURI, DEPT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY, 282461-65 (extn 6281) Fax 2283073.
RES.: #794, URBAN ESTATE, PHASE I, PATIALA. Res. 282248 Res Fax 303881, mpuri@pbi.ac.in, purimunish@rediffmail.com

Dean, College Development council - Dr Zamshed Ali Khan 0175-3046165
Lakhwinder Singh, Distance Education Dept Teacher

Dean, Academic Affairs - earlier Malkit Singh Saini, now Dr S.S. Tiwana 0175-2286412


PA to Dean, Academic Affairs 0175-3046150

Dr Pawan Kumar Singla, Controller Exams 2286454 2285548, PA 3046370

Dr Baljeet Singh Sidhu, Additional Controller Exams 0175-3046374

Computer Department:
Dr. Vishal Goyal, Ph.D., M.Tech., MCA, M.C.S.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science,
(M)(0)9417671421 (R)0175-2280054,
(O) 0175-3046313, (Fax) 0175-3046312

Punjabi University Patiala (Evening) Law
Punjabi University, Department of Physical Education
Dr. Pushpinder Kaur Dhillon, Head, Department of Law
Department of Law: 2282461-66 (6 Lines) Extn. 6261

Dr. Rupinder Bansal, Lecturer (Senior Scale)
Department of Human Biology. Telephone: 09872886304 (Mobile)

Punjabi University Research Scholars Association (PURSA) Vice President Sukhdev Singh, Secretary Kuldeep Singh, Joint Secretary Basant Singh, Press Secretary Paramjit Kattu, Member Harvinder Singh.

CP Kamboj, Computer Expert and Computer Author

Physics Dept
Hem Raj Verma, Ph.D. (Pb. Univ. Chandigarh 1979)
Date & Place of Birth: 10-04-1948
Present Position: Professor, Department of Physics
Tel. 098151 73645 (M), e-mail: drhrverma@yahoo.com
Address for correspondence : #1415, Sector-21, Panchkula - 134112. Tel. (0172) 2586450

Computer Dept
Dr Chandan Singh, Head
0175-2282461-66 EXTN, 6341, 2282423 (D) 2283209 (R) chandan@pbi.ac.in,chandan@pbi.ernet.in

Dean Dr R.S.Ghumman, 3046165 (O), 3046166 (Fax) 2286109 Ph/Fax 282040 Res.
Ex-Dean 282639 (RES)

Education Dept: Dept 3046218, Head 3046219

Exam Branch*Chief Co-Ordinator Exams
Dr Baldev Singh 2286456 (Ph and Fax), 3046370 Computer Dept Related: B.R.Dabra extn 6386 Enquiry: Manjit Randhawa Supdt Extn 6377

Practical Section: Supdt Raghu Nath. Asst Surta Ram, Sukhdev Singh 2281218 Extn 6722, 2280929

Registration Branch: Mrs Bhupinder Pal Kaur, Sawtanter K Sharma 3046406
UGC Coaching 283245
Dr Dhillon 93163-33777
Dr A.K.Sikhri, Prof in Physics, 0175-2282133
Dr R.N.Paul, Pro VC, 0175-2282693 (R),98150-77677 cell, 2282469, 2282472 (O)
Surinder Singh, Dept of Economics, 2282856
Director, Youth Welfare, 0175-2636310, Sharma ji 2286310 (D)
Prof BN Goswami, Visiting Professor in Dept of Fine Arts (joined in July 2004)

Vice Chancellor
282418 (D) 282461-65 EXTN 6000 FAX (O & R) 282882
282478 (R) 282461-65 EXTN 6015 Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, Ex VC CHANDIGARH RES 600157, 603110


Courses

BCA, PGDCA, MSc, (IT)

Faculties/Departments
* Faculty of Languages
* Faculty of Life Sciences
* Faculty of Physical Sciences
* Faculty of Business Studies
* Faculty of Arts & Culture
* Faculty of Social Sciences
* Faculty of Education & Information Sciences
* Faculty of Law
* Faculty of Medicine
* Faculty of Engineering and Technology

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Profile of Punjabi University

Punjabi University Patiala, one of the premier institutions of higher education in the north of India, was established on the 30th April, 1962 under the Punjabi University Act 1961. This is the second University in the world to be named after a language, the first being Hebrew University of Israel. Although initially the main task before the University was to develop and promote the language of the Punjabi people, it has since evolved into a multi-faceted, multi-faculty educational institution with over fifty five teaching and research departments covering disciplines in Humanities and in Sciences as diverse as Fine Arts and Space Physics. The University has a modern well planned campus located about seven kilometers from the Patiala city, called the City of Gardens. The campus is spread over about 320 acres with imposing buildings in lush green, pollution- free environment away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The University also has three regional centres namely The Guru Kashi Regional Centre at Bathinda, The Guru Kashi Campus at Talwandi Sabo and The Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan Institute of Advanced Studies in Urdu, Persian and Arabic at Malerkotla. The University has established a well stocked Extension Library at Mohali. The Mohali centre also has a fully equipped Computer Centre which runs PGDCA course. The University has undertaken the responsibility of maintaining the estate of Dr. Norah Richards at Andretta in Himachal Pradesh. The buildings of the estate have been renovated keeping the original architecture intact. Arrangements have been made for the comfortable stay of faculty members and students who wish to carry out study and research in the field of Theatre and Television. The Department of Theatre and Television arranges theatre performances at Andretta every year. The University also manages Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra at Dehradun. There is a rich library with rare books and manuscripts bequeathed by Bhai Vir Singh, Dr. Balbir Singh and Prof. Puran Singh, the doyens of Punjabi literature. Research on comparative religions is carried out at this Centre and the Punjabi University has provided all necessary facilities for scholars. The University Campus at Patiala makes available international standard facilities for students and researchers. Punjabi University Library is a hub of academic and research activities. It is housed in a spacious modern building and stocks more than 4,15,000 books and subscribes to several hundred journals. Latest books are added regularly every year. Library is kept open for 360 days of the year from 8.15 a.m. to 8.15 p.m. The library has a majestic reading hall, which has a capacity for 400 readers where they can sit and consult reference books and other relevant literature. A separate air-conditioned hall for using the personal books and a Reading Room has been provided at the ground floor. One night Reading Room remains open from 8.00 p.m. to 12.00 p.m. To further modernize University Library services, it is being computerized. Punjabi Reference Library, which is an integral part of the library, is housed in a new building interlinked with the main building for the convenience of the staff and the users. This part of the library has 41,548 books on Punjabi Language, Literature, Punjab History and Culture. The University Library is also maintaining libraries in some of the Departments at the Campus, Extension Library at S.A.S. Nagar Phase 7, Mohali, and a Library at Regional Centre Bathinda. Besides, Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra, Dehradun has a rich Library containing rare books and manuscripts. The Computer Centre has established a local area network and all university Departments enjoy the facilities of Internet and e-mail through this network. The Centre as well as the teaching Departments are equipped with the latest computers and software. The University Computer Centre and Department of Computer Science and Engineering alone have over 150 PCs and Servers. Peripherals such as printers, plotters, scanners, multimedia equipment etc. are available in large numbers. Many Departments of the University, viz. Physics, Mathematics, Management, Economics, Journalism, have their own large computer laboratories. Nodal lab in the Department of Chemistry which caters to the needs of half a dozen Departments and Central Library which has a very effective computer section are connected under Local Area Network (LAN). Computer Centre is providing Internet and e-mail services through this LAN. Internet and e-mail services are being provided via 2 Mbps connectivity from M/s Sab Infotech (Glide) through radio modem. These facilities are being provided to more than 40 Departments/offices of the University having 300 computers connected under LAN. More than 800 e-mail accounts have been allotted to faculty and staff members. The University has its own website- www.universitypunjabi.org., which is being maintained by the Centre. The website provides rich information about the University which is not only beneficial for the University community but also for the outside world. The University Computer Centre has recently established another laboratory for Internet access. Established with the assistance from UGC, the lab was inaugurated by the Vice-Chancellor, Shri S.S. Boparai, Kirti Chakra, Padam Shri, on January 16, 2003. The laboratory caters to the needs of students, staff and wards of the staff of the University. As suggested by the UGC, the lab is being run on payment basis, although the payment is not much (Rs. 10/- for per hours usage). Video Conferencing Facility connecting five major offices and University Computer Centre is also available. The University is going in a big way to modernize the infrastructure of the Computer Centre. Students are encouraged to take active part in sports. Well maintained sports grounds and facilities for games such as hockey, football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, athletics etc. and well as various indoor games are provided. The Punjabi University also has a large gymnasium and a hall for indoor games. It is one of the very few institutions in India to prossess its own velodrome. The Youth Welfare Department of the University organizes youth activities all round the year. The Punjabi University has won unique distinctions in Youth Festivals organized by the Association of Indian Universities in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Govt. of India; Directorate of Youth Services, Panjab; Directorate of Higher Education, Panjab and Panjabi Academy of Delhi State. The University has won overall second position in National Inter-University Youth Festival, won overall championship in North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival many times, has won overall championship in Panjab State Inter-University Youth Festival repeatedly and also has won overall championship many times in All India Inter-University Punjabi Cultural Festival. Students of Punjabi University have had the privilege of representing India in the Festivals of India held in the former USSR, Mauritius, Spain, China, Germany and U.A.E. (Dubai). Apart from the above mentioned activities, the Department of Youth Welfare organizes Hiking Trekking, Mountaineering and Rock Climbing courses, holds Youth Leadership Training Camps, prepares the students for participation in All India Level Youth Festivals, organizes Rotract Club, Young Cultural Club, Lee Club and Youth Club. It organises Yoga Training Camps for the benefit of students of the university teaching Departments and colleges affiliated to the University. The Department publishes the Yuvak Sabha Magazine and also holds literary and cultural competitions. The National Service Scheme being implemented by the NSS Department helps students to participate in different programmes of social service and national development. A well equipped Health Centre with qualified physicians and paramedical staff is at the service of the students round the clock. The Centre has an x-ray unit and also a laboratory for medical tests. The Centre has an AIDS awareness wing. Students of various teaching departments at the campus are entitled to free medical aid by the University Health Centre. The Health Centre is equipped with basic necessary and modern equipment. The transport Department of the University runs a fleet of buses for linking the campus to various parts of Patiala city. There are three residential Hostels for boys and four residential Hostels for girls. The Hostels have all modern amenities for comfortable living for 2000 students. To keep pace with global thought processes and for updating of contemporary consciousness, every year the University has undertaken series of Lectures, Seminars and Conferences. To make the University a vibrant global centre for Punjabi language, literature and culture, a new faculty of Arts and Culture has been created.

Originality and authencity in the pursuit of Sikh Studies is another area which is also receiving more attention and energy. Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra Dehradun is being developed as an Advanced Centre for Sikh Studies. Punjabi University has established the first ever overseas centre for teaching of Punjabi as a foreign language at Espanola, New Mexico. The Web-site at the University Campus is projecting our research into the world horizon. Path breaking strides are being encouraged for realizing breakthroughs in Computer Science, Space Science, Bio-technology and Pharmacy where innovative research is under way. All the departments are involved to promote research culture and spirit. Most of the departments have been able to mobilize additional research funding from UGC, DST, CSIR, Planning Commission, Government Departments and other official funding agencies. Some science departments have been able to develop research tie-ups with industry and have undertaken several consultancy assignments. Several faculty members have won national and international awards in recognition to their research work. The University has developed a particular expertise in Sikh Studies and Punjabi Historical Studies. Concerted efforts are being done in developing a translation programme in Punjabi and English. In order to develop an association with the outstanding scholars in Punjabi language, literature and culture, the University offers Life Fellowships, Senior Fellowships and Fellowships to the eminent scholars in these fields. In order to ensure academic freedom, the University departments organize seminars, symposia, conferences and works-shops every year. The teachers are encouraged to participate in the National/International seminars through liberal funding. Many teachers are invited to deliver plenery lectures and preside over the sessions in various seminars and conferences every year. The University has established its own publication bureau which is actively engaged in publishing research work of the academic community. More than 2000 titles have already been published. A very large number of students of this University hold key positions in various departments of Government of India and State Government, Premier Institutes such as IIT s, BARC, CSIR research laboratories, Universities in India and abroad and research laboratories in developed countries like USA, Canada, U. K. etc. The teachers of the University have guided thousands of Ph.D scholars and have published enumerable research papers in National and International journals of repute. The departments of Physics, Botany, Economics and Punjabi have been bought under the UGCs SAP/COSIST/DRS programmes.

The Punjabi University takes pride in the achievement of Five Star status awarded by the NAAC, an autonomous body of the UGC after a thorough evaluation of various research projects undertaken and in the pipeline. The NAAC team had also an exhaustive interface with the faculty of various teaching Departments.

About University
Established on April 30, 1962 in the erstwhile princely state of Patiala with the main objective of furthering the cause of Punjabi language, art and literature, Punjabi University has since evolved into the largest University in the state. Spread over 600 acres of land, its 500 teachers are imparting instruction and guidance to nearly 9,000 students in a multi-faceted, multi-pronged and multi-faculty environment comprising 65 Teaching and Research Departments on its Campus, five Regional Centres, six Neighbourhood Campuses and 166 Colleges affiliated to it.

A mutually-stimulating qualitative and quantitative swing in the direction of overall improvement marks the dynamics and mechanics of Punjabi University. Its multi-dimensional expansion has not only been quick-paced but steady, sustained and seamless, with each front paving way for the other. It didn't come across any cul de sac with unstinted support ever-forthcoming from its committed and resolute faculty. 'Unprecedented and unique landmarks', 'Innovative and grandiose concepts', 'Unimaginable reforms', 'Setting new landmarks and records' could easily be attributed as some of the catchphrases describing its unabated progress.

The University has achieved a couple of milestones during its move towards furthering the overall development of Punjabi. Having published a record number of over 3,000 titles in Punjabi covering a wide range of areas and establishing a special Punjabi Reference Library, it has taken upon itself the responsibility of catering to the linguistic and cultural needs of the overseas Punjabis. The Punjabi reference Library has been created to build up a strong collection on Punjab history, culture, language and literature. The rich collection of over 1, 00,000 documents, of which around 58,000 have been donated by noted littrateurs and historians, add to the proud privilege of the Punjabi University. It also contains all Punjabi newspapers, magazines, books, diaries and rare manuscripts pertaining to the 19th and 20thcenturies. More than 120 Punjabi newspapers and periodicals published anywhere in the world are available in this Library.

Central Library
University's main Library, on the other hand, stocks more than 5,00,000 volumes and subscribes to more than 600 journals. It has a 400-capacity majestic Reading Hall for readers to consult various types of source material. The other characteristics features of these libraries constitute Online Public access Catalogue, database of 2, 00,000 documents, internet facility, current awareness and documentation services, indexing services of newspapers, subject bibliographies, inter-library loan facility, computerized bibliographic and documentation and reprographic services. The University also has libraries at its satellite campuses at its Mohali, Dehradun, Malerkotla, Bathinda and Talwandi Sabo. Dr Balbir singh Sahitya Kenda, Dehradun stands out containing valuable collection of manuscripts, rare books, tracts and memoirs.

The establishment of a Centre for Teaching of Punjabi as a Foreign Language (CTPFL) and an Advanced Centre for Technical Development of Punjabi Language, Literature and Culture (ACTDPLC) are the foremost instruments aimed at reaching out to the global community. While the CTPFL has already taught Punjabi to over 100 seekers from the USA, Canada, Russia, China and Singapore, the ACTDPLC has chipped in with providing a package for learning Gurmukhi/ Punjabi online, besides creating software for inter-script transfer between Gurmukhi and Shahmukhi. The Centre has now accomplished the unique distinction of launching the first of its kind a search engine in Punjabi.

The University has also started short-term linguistic and culture immersion programmes for the overseas Punjabi Youth for fostering a better understanding of Punjabi culture and heritage through different means. A World Punjabi Centre is also being established on the University Campus to provide a fillip to the multi-dimensional nursing and flourishing of Punjabi as a whole. The University has also created special departments to promote research in Punjabi which include Department of Punjabi Literary Studies, Development of Punjabi Language and Punjabi Lexicography. Such projects of English translation of Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha Encyclopedia of Punjabi, Punjabi translation of works of Nobel Laureates and starting of Punjabi folk youth festival for the revival and promotion of vanishing Punjabi folk art forms are certain concrete steps taken by Punjabi university to provide a fillip to the overall development of Punjabi. The University added another feather to its cap in the direction of promotion of Punjabi language by launching its website in Punjabi in addition to its existing one, available at www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in. In order to develop a deep-rooted association with outstanding Punjabi scholars, it bestows them with various kinds of fellowship.

The University has scaled new heights in the direction of strengthening and spreading the religious ethos and quintessence, particularly that of Sikhism. Earlier having established a full-fledged Department of Guru Granth Studies and Guru Gobind Singh Department of Religious Studies, the University has published first of its kind, the Encyclopaedia of Sikhism in four volumes. The Encyclopaedia, inter alia, contains complete details about Sikh history, philosophy, theology, art and architecture, customs, ceremonies and shrines etc. The work having undergone several reprints testifies to the authenticity and catholicity of its contents, its terse style, its impeccable and flawless English idiom, has contributed a lot in fertilizing Sikh learning. The Encyclopaedia has now been put online to widen its horizon among religious scholars around the globe. Keeping the objective of wider deliverance of the divine message of Guru Granth Sahib, the University has now framed a design for the on-line teaching of Guru Granth Sahib in a simple and interactive manner by using multimedia tools and techniques. Earlier, the University established a separate and specialized Department of Gurmat Sangeet, aimed at propagation and preservation of Gurubani through the exclusive genre of devotional music. It also aimed at providing an academic and scholastic base to this original and unique musical tradition in addition to creating awareness about its transcendental quality across diverse cultures.

In addition to accelerating the pace of meeting its primary obligation to fostering the academic, intellectual and scholastic standards, the University has been making genuine and unstinted efforts for the rural upliftment of society through various means. It all started with the opening up of Yadavindra College of Engineering at Talwandi Sabo in 2004. The University has carried out this formidable task in its own humble way to take the higher education to the doorsteps of ruralites and to address to the concerns of the donors of such vast infrastructure. This has also been done to tackle the problem of considerably low percentage of rural students (0.4%) getting higher education as a consequence of low quality education and utterly poor socio-economic conditions of these ruralites. To award a clear advantage to the rural youth where the Neighborhood Campuses have been launched, the University has made a provision of 50% reservation for the students from the concerned sub-division and the remaining 50% to be admitted from the rest of the rural Punjab.

A recent survey carried out by our Department of Economics has revealed that the combined strength of rural students in the four Universities of Punjab, including the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, is just four per cent. By implication, this means that of the total Rs 165 crore budgetary allocations by the Government for the Universities in the state, the rural students get a share of just about Rs 7.30 crore, while the population of ruralites is more than 66 per cent. We recognized the reality of collapse of school education in rural Punjab and quietly filled the gap by picking up students after tenth class. They do not have to pay their fee of Rs 45,000 per year. This has been done to redeem the deprived rural youth who find themselves haggard and dithered against the pampered passions of metroites and big-town-dwellers and leveling them up in all respects to fight it out in this world of convergence and globalization.

Following these startling revelations, the University took up the cudgels of addressing to the grave concerns of the rural down and outs by opening Neighbourhood Campuses in six remote and virtually written-off villages of Rampura Phul, Jhunir, Karandi, Sardulgarh, Rallah and Delha Sihan existing in the most backward districts of Bathinda, Mansa and Sangrur. The most significant aspect of this magnanimous venture is that the village panchayats of these areas have donated over 300 acres of land costing more than Rs 100 crore. We have already spent Rs 1.10 crore for the renovation, furnishing and making the latest equipment available to the students to the students of the Neighbourhood Campuses. Responding to the repeated requests from village heads, the University has now planned to start new vocational courses in these Neighborhood Campuses from the forthcoming academic session like M.Sc. (Information Technology),MCA, B.Sc.(Biotechnology), B.Tech.(Electronics and Communication Engineering, and Computer Engineering) and PG Diploma in Computer Maintenance & Networking. These Campuses have already been conducting MBA, BCA, PGDCA and CCA courses since their inception. The Planning Commission of India, following an objective evaluation, sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the development of these Campuses. The University on its part has allocated another Rs 10 crore for raising new buildings and infrastructure to meet the newer demands of the students and faculty vis-vis needs and requirements of the evolving world liberalization, privatization and globalization.

The altruistic campaign of Punjabi University steered towards bridging the widening gaps between rural and the urban, rich and the poor, deprived and the privileged sections of the society is directed towards propagation of human values in general and rural upliftment in particular. Spearheaded by the earnest efforts of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, foundation stone laid of another Regional Centre was laid by President of the Shiromani akali dal, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal at Jaito recently. With this, the number of such centres has gone up to six. The existing Regional Centres of the University include Guru Kashi Campus, Talwandi Sabo, Guru Kashi Regional Centre, Bathinda, Nawab Sher Mohammed Khan Institute of Advanced Studies, Malerkotla, Regional Centre for Information Technology and Management, Mohali, and Dr Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra, Dehradun. The University is thus trying to break away from the conventional ivory tower image through its outreach programmes and is helping the ruralites in every possible manner. The altruistic campaign of Punjabi University steered towards bridging the widening gaps between rural and the urban, rich and the poor, deprived and the privileged sections of the society is directed towards propagation of human values in general and rural upliftment in particular.

Some other specialized teaching departments of the University include those of Biotechnology, Space Physics, Forensic Science, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research, Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences. To cater to the ever-increasing needs and requirements of the media industry in the country, the University has envisaged a plan to create a hi-tech, state-of-the-art Media Centre for its students of Journalism and Mass Communication to comprehensively train them for their quicker absorption in the profession. The Computer Centre of the University provides internet services to all its departments through LAN. The Centre and the Department of Computer science and Engineering alone have over 150 PCs and Severs. Many departments including Journalism, Physics, Psychology, Mathematics, PSMS and Economics have their own computers labs.

All the departments are encouraged to promote quality research culture and spirit. Most of the departments are being funded by national and international agencies and have developed tie-ups with industry, having undertaken several consultancy assignments.

The University's Department of Physiotherapy and Sports Sciences has started specialized courses in Sports Physiotherapy, Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy and Neurological Physiotherapy. With this, the University is destined to earn the rare distinction of becoming the first University in the region to impart instruction in these specializations. The Department is successfully running an Outdoor Patient Department (OPD) in the University's Health Centre to treat the patients and provide clinical training to the students. Guided by the patronage of Vice-Chancellor, Dr Jaspal Singh, it now has established an independent clinic at the local Senior Citizens Welfare Association Centre to provide treatment to the senior citizens suffering from different ailments. The Health Centre of the University with qualified physicians and paramedical staff remains active 24x7 to cater to the medical needs of the students, teachers and the administrative staff. It has its own AIDS awareness wing aimed at generating awareness about this deadly ailment through various means.

The Directorates of Youth Welfare and Sports of the University have recorded phenomenal improvement in their respective areas. While the University finished a close second in the National Youth Festival last year, it is almost sure of winning the Overall National Sports Championship this year having cornered overall best positions in the men's and women's categories of events. The Theatre Repertory of our University has created a history of sorts by staging over 165 shows in more than 100 villages, town and cities of Punjab of its two productions, Mitti Rudan Kare and Neon Jarh, based on the scourge of drug abuse and female foeticide. The scripts of the two plays address to the grave concern of the skewed male-female sex ratio and the ever-increasing drug addiction among the rural Punjabi youth.

Our Vice-Chancellors
The University was fortunate in having a galaxy of scholars and academic administrators as its Vice-Chancellors. These included:
* Bhai Jodh Singh
* Sardar Kirpal Singh Narang
* Mrs Inderjit Kaur Sandhu
* Dr. Amrik Singh
* Dr. S.S. Johl
* Dr. Bhagat Singh
* Dr. H.K. Manmohan Singh
* Dr. Joginder Singh Puar
* Dr. Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia
* Shri Swarn Singh Boparai, Kirti Chakra, Padma Shri
* Dr. JASPAL SINGH

Infrastructure
Punjabi University was established on April 30, 1962. Originally conceived and started as a unitary multi-faculty teaching and research university and primarily meant for the development and enrichment of Punjabi language and culture, but alive to the social and educational requirements of the state, it grew into an affiliating one in 1969. It has since developed in significant dimensions and acquired a distinctive character among the centres of education and research in the country. The university campus is situated on the Patiala Chandigarh road, at a distance of 7 km from the main city. Sprawling across 316 acres, the campus is away from the din and noise of the city markets and roads. It presents a splendid sight of the complex of beautiful buildings which include:
* The famous Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan
* Guru Teg Bahadur hall
* Punjabi Bhavan
* Waris Bhavan
* Itihas Bhawan
* Audio-Visual Research Centre
* Metrorology Centre
* Science Auditorium
* Arts Auditorium
* Teaching blocks for Arts and Sciences
* University Library
* Punjabi Reference Library
* University Computer Centre
* Gymnasium
* Hostels for students
* Amongst several others, conducive to quiet and concentrated academic work.

Introduction
Punjabi University located in Patiala is one of the well-known institutions of higher education in the northern state of India, Punjab. It was established under the Punjabi University Act of 1961 on 30th April 1962. As a matter of fact it is only the second University in the world to be named after a language, the other being Hebrew University of Israel.

The University has a huge campus spread over 320 acres of land in a pollution free environment with impressive buildings. The University also has three regional centres namely The Guru Kashi Regional Centre at Bathinda, The Guru Kashi Campus at Talwandi Sabo and The Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan Institute of Advanced Studies in Urdu, Persian and Arabic at Malerkotla. Other infrastructural amenities include the library, which is an integral part of the University, which houses academic and research activities. It also has a large gymnasium and a hall for indoor games. The Youth Welfare Department of the University organizes youth activity through out the year.

Punjabi University, Patiala The primary task of the University is to develop, promote and encourage research associated with the Punjabi language. However it has evolved into a multi- faculty educational institution with fifty-five research and teaching departments in disciplines of Humanities and in Sciences, which includes subjects like Fine Arts and Space Physics. In order to create a global awareness about the language, literature and culture, a new faculty has been started by the University, which is called the Faculty of Arts and Culture. In fact the University has established the first overseas center for spreading the language as a foreign language at Espanola, New Mexico. The University specializes in Sikh Studies and Punjabi Historical Studies and also offers Life Fellowships, Senior Fellowships and Fellowships to outstanding scholars in Punjabi language literature and culture.

Profile of University
Punjabi University, established on the April 30th 1962 under the Punjabi University Act. This is the second university in the world to be named after a language. Punjabi university has been awarded the status of five star by the NAAC, a statutory body of the University Grants Commission (UGC). Punjabi University has established the first ever overseas centre for teaching of Punjabi as a foreign language at Espanola, New Mexico.

History
The university was established in 1962 under the Punjabi University Act 1961 in the state of Patiala as residential and Teaching University. Punjabi University has developed as one the largest University in the state. Punjabi University is one of the premier institutions of higher education in the state of Punjab. It was established in 1962 under the University Act 1961. Punjabi University is an important center of learning in the state. It has been awarded 'A' grade university by National Accreditation and Assessment Council, NAAC. The university has to its credit the publishing of the Encyclopaedia of Sikhism in four volumes.

To begin with, Punjabi University was established on the 30th April, 1962 under the Punjabi University Act 1961 as residential and Teaching University, not as an affiliating University. At that time, it started functioning from temporary accommodation in Barandari Palace building. Initially the jurisdictional area of university was fixed as the 10-mile (16 km) radius. There were only nine colleges - six professional and three art and science colleges located within Patiala, which fall within its jurisdiction. The university moved to its present campus in year 1965. The campus is spread over about 316 acres (1.28 km2) with imposing buildings in lush green, pollution- free environment away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The University Campus at Patiala makes available international standard facilities for students and researchers. Although initially the main task before the University was to develop and promote the language of the Punjabi people, it has since evolved into a multi-faceted, multi-faculty educational institution. It grew into an affiliating university in 1969, with 43 colleges affiliated to it and covering Patiala, Sangrur and Bathinda districts of Punjab. And since then, it developed significantly, and acquired a distinctive character among the centres of education and research in the country. Now, it has 138 affiliated colleges spread over seven districts of Punjab. The affiliated colleges are situated in districts of Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur, Bathinda, Mansa, Rupnagar and Faridkot.

Campus
Guru Gobind Singh BhawanThe university campus is situated on 316 acres (1.3 km2), on the Chandigarh road, about 7 kilometers from the Patiala, called the City of Gardens. The institution has over fifty-five teaching and research departments, covering disciplines in Humanities and Science, as diverse as Fine Arts, Computer Science and Business Management. The recent milestone achieved by the university has been setting up of an engineering college of its own diversifying its area of education and research.

The University also has four regional centres, namely The Guru Kashi Regional Centre at Bathinda, The Guru Kashi Campus at Talwandi Sabo, Regional Centre for Information Technology and Management at Mohali and The Nawab Sher Mohammad Khan Institute of Advanced Studies in Urdu, Persian and Arabic at Malerkotla. The university has also undertaken the responsibility of maintaining the estate of Dr. Norah Richards at Andretta in Himachal Pradesh. Arrangements have been made for faculty members and students who wish to carry out study and research in the field of Theatre and Television. The university also manages Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra at Dehradun, the capital city of the Uttarakhand. There is a rich library with rare books and manuscripts bequeathed by Bhai Vir Singh, Dr. Balbir Singh and Prof. Puran Singh, the doyens of Punjabi literature. Research on comparative religions is carried out at this centre.

Educational Streams
The university offers integrated course of six years in engineering to the students. It conducts short-term linguistic and culture immersion programs for the overseas Punjabi Youth for fostering a better understanding of Punjabi culture and heritage through different means. World Punjabi Centre has been established on the University Campus to provide a boost to the multi-dimensional nursing of the language. Apart from conducting courses like MBA, BCA, PGDCA and CCA courses, the university also offers several vocational courses. Specialized courses are conducted in Sports Physiotherapy, Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy and Neurological Physiotherapy. The establishment of a Centre for Teaching of Punjabi as a Foreign Language (CTPFL) and an Advanced Centre for Technical Development of Punjabi Language, Literature and Culture (ACTDPLC) are some efforts of the university to promote language.

Facilities
Punjabi University Patiala provides hostels accommodation to girl and boy students separately. There is a main Library containing a large amount of books and journals on several areas are available. Establishing a special Punjabi Reference Library, it has taken upon itself the responsibility of catering to the linguistic and cultural needs of the overseas Punjabis. The Health Centre of the University is also remarkable where all the primary treatments are executed by qualified medical personnel. Sports and Transportation services are provided to the learners and staff. Placement is ready to help out successful students in finding a job.

Facilities and achivements
Bhai Kahan Singh Nabha Central Library is a hub of academic and research activities. It is housed in a spacious modern building and stocks more than 4,15,000 books and subscribes to several hundred journals. Latest books are added regularly every year. Library is kept open for 360 days of the year from 8.15 a.m. to 8.15 p.m. The library has a majestic reading hall, which has a capacity for 400 readers where they can sit and consult reference books and other relevant literature. A separate air-conditioned hall for using the personal books and a Reading Room has been provided at the ground floor. One night Reading Room remains open from 8.00 p.m. to 12.00 p.m. To further modernize University Library services, it is being computerized.

Punjabi Reference Library, which is an integral part of the library, is housed in a new building interlinked with the main building for the convenience of the staff and the users. This part of the library has 41,548 books on Punjabi Language, Literature, Punjab History and Culture.
The University Library is also maintaining libraries in some of the Departments at the Campus, Extension Library at S.A.S.Nagar (Mohali), and a Library at Regional Centre Bathinda. Besides, Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra, Dehradun has a rich Library containing rare books and manuscripts.
The Computer Centre has established a local area network and all university Departments enjoy the facilities of Internet and e-mail through this network. The Centre as well as the all teaching Departments are equipped with the latest computers and software.

Students are encouraged to take active part in sports. Well maintained sports grounds and facilities for games such as hockey, football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, athletics etc. and well as various indoor games are provided. The Punjabi University also has a large gymnasium and a hall for indoor games. It is one of the very few institutions in India to prossess its own velodrome. The Youth Welfare Department of the University organizes youth activities all round the year. The Punjabi University has won unique distinctions in Youth Festivals organized by the Association of Indian Universities in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Govt. of India and other events.

The University has won overall second position in National Inter-University Youth Festival, won overall championship in North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival many times, has won overall championship in Panjab State Inter-University Youth Festival repeatedly and also has won overall championship many times in All India Inter-University Punjabi Cultural Festival. Students of Punjabi University have had the privilege of representing India in the Festivals of India held in the former USSR, Mauritius, Spain, China, Germany and U.A.E. (Dubai). Apart from the above mentioned activities, the Department of Youth Welfare organizes Hiking Trekking, Mountaineering and Rock Climbing courses, holds Youth Leadership Training Camps, prepares the students for participation in All India Level Youth Festivals, organizes Rotract Club, Young Cultural Club, Lee Club and Youth Club. It organises Yoga Training Camps for the benefit of students of the university teaching Departments and colleges affiliated to the University. The Department publishes the Yuvak Sabha Magazine and also holds literary and cultural competitions.

The National Service Scheme being implemented by the NSS Department helps students to participate in different programmes of social service and national development. A well equipped Health Centre with qualified physicians and paramedical staff is at the service of the students round the clock. The Centre has an x-ray unit and also a laboratory for medical tests. The Centre has an AIDS awareness wing. Students of various teaching departments at the campus are entitled to free medical aid by the University Health Centre. The Health Centre is equipped with basic necessary and modern equipment.

The transport Department of the University runs a fleet of buses for linking the campus to various parts of Patiala city.

There are three residential Hostels for boys and four residential Hostels for girls. The Hostels have all modern amenities for comfortable living for 4000 students. In addition to this, separate boys and girls hostel for enginnering college are also started functioning.

To keep pace with global thought processes and for updating of contemporary consciousness, every year the University has undertaken series of Lectures, Seminars and Conferences. To make the University a vibrant global centre for Punjabi language, literature and culture, a new faculty of Arts and Culture has been created. Originality and authencity in the pursuit of Sikh Studies is another area which is also receiving more attention and energy. Dr. Balbir Singh Sahitya Kendra Dehradun is being developed as an Advanced Centre for Sikh Studies. Punjabi University has established the first ever overseas centre for teaching of Punjabi as a foreign language at Espanola, New Mexico.

All the departments are involved to promote research culture and spirit. Most of the departments have been able to mobilize additional research funding from UGC, DST, CSIR, Planning Commission, Government Departments and other official funding agencies. Some science departments have been able to develop research tie-ups with industry and have undertaken several consultancy assignments. Several faculty members have won national and international awards in recognition to their research work.

The University has developed a particular expertise in Sikh Studies and Punjabi Historical Studies. Concerted efforts are being done in developing a translation programme in Punjabi and English. In order to develop an association with the outstanding scholars in Punjabi language, literature and culture, the University offers Life Fellowships, Senior Fellowships and Fellowships to the eminent scholars in these fields.

In order to ensure academic freedom, the University departments organize seminars, symposia, conferences and works-shops every year. The teachers are encouraged to participate in the National/International seminars through liberal funding. Many teachers are invited to deliver plenery lectures and preside over the sessions in various seminars and conferences every year.
The University has established its own publication bureau which is actively engaged in publishing research work of the academic community. More than 2000 titles have already been published.
A very large number of students of this University hold key positions in various departments of Government of India and State Government, Premier Institutes such as IIT's, BARC, CSIR research laboratories, Universities in India and abroad and research laboratories in developed countries like USA, Canada, U. K. etc.

The teachers of the University have guided thousands of Ph.D. scholars and have published enumerable research papers in National and International journals of repute. The departments of Physics, Botany, Economics and Punjabi have been bought under the UGC's SAP/COSIST/DRS programmes.
The Punjabi University takes pride in the achievement of Five Star status awarded by the NAAC, an autonomous body of the UGC after a thorough evaluation of various research projects undertaken and in the pipeline. The NAAC team had also an exhaustive interface with the faculty of various teaching Departments.

Former Vice Chancellors
Main GateDr. Jodh Singh (1962-1966)
Dr. Kirpal Singh Narang (1966-1975)
Mrs. Inderjit Kaur Sandhu (1975-1977)
Dr. Amrik Singh (1977-1980)
Dr. Bhagat Singh Shergill (1980-1983 & 1986-1989)
Dr. Sardara Singh Johal (1983-1986)
Dr. H.K. Manmohan Singh (1989-1993)
Dr. Joginder Singh Puar (May 1993-May 1999)
Dr. Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia (May 1999-April 2002)
Sh. Swarn Singh Boparai (Aug 2002-Nov 2007)

Vice Chancellor Profile
Dr. Jaspal Singh
A Brief Profile
A former Indian diplomat, Dr Jaspal Singh occupied the coveted position of Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, on December 11, 2007. During his stint as India's High Commissioner to Mozambique and Swaziland, Dr Jaspal Singh played a stellar role in identifying newer areas of cooperation for enhancing the scope and vistas of understanding among the countries concerned. This included signing of agreement for the establishment of Indo-Mozambique Joint Cooperation Commission, Indo-Mozambique Draft Agreement for Cooperation and Indo-Swaziland Trade Agreement. All this in no uncertain terms proved the fact that his selection as India's Ambassador was not just a matter of chance but an unquestionably prudent choice by all means.

Dr. Jaspal Singh
After securing his Master's degree in Political Science and Diploma in Foreign Affairs in 1975 from Aligarh Muslim University, he did his Doctorate from Panjab University, Chandigarh on the topic 'The Concept of State as Reflected in Sikh Scriptures and Historical Writings' in 1989.

He has a total 25 years of teaching experience in Khalsa College, Dev Nagar, University of Delhi, which includes a seven-year stint as Principal of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, University of Delhi.

Dr Jaspal Singh has authored well-acclaimed books including, Raj da Sikh Sankalp, Sikh Dharam te Rajniti, and Sri Guru Granth Sahib: Sadivi Prerna Sarot, besides over 200 scholarly articles on Sikh history, religion and on issues of national and international politics. His variegated and a medley of presidential and keynote addresses at various national and international seminars and conferences have earned him the distinction of a versatile genius. Few of them include: Crisis of Sikh Identity at Michigan University, USA, Global View of Guru Nanak at Wisconsin University, USA, Nature of Monarchy under Maharaja Ranjit Singh during Bi-centenary Celebrations in UK, International Peace through Religious Cooperation: Sikh Perspective in the International Conference on Religious Cooperation at Taipei, Taiwan, The Religious Ethics and Rights at Kathmandu, The Concept of Compassion and its Importance in the 21st Century, organised by Kagyu Yeshe Gatsal Buddhist Trust and Shri Aurobindo Society. All this has established him as an erudite scholar and exponent of Sikh theology and its practice.

Dr Jaspal Singh has been bestowed with a lot many fellowships, awards and honours by various national and international institutions including Best Prose Award by Punjabi Academy, Delhi, Vismad Naad Fellowship by International Gurmat Institute, Nishan-e-Khalsa presented at Anandpur Sahib during Tercentenary Celebrations, 1999, Punjabi Parchar Parsar Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion of Punjabi Language and Culture by Punjabi Academy. He has also remained General-Secretary of DSGMC, Founder Member of Punjabi Academy, Delhi, Member, Board for Centre for Dalits and Minorities Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Chairman, Harkrishan Public School, New Delhi.

Under his patronage, Punjabi University has for the first time been declared as the 'Best Sports University' of the country by winning the coveted Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy. Another distinction that has come University's way during his tenure is the bestowal of highest 'A' grade by the UGC's National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), based on its excellent achievements in all areas. The dynamic leadership of Dr Jaspal Singh saw Punjabi University snatching the initiative of hosting a two-day All-India Punjabi Conference on the occasion of its Foundation Day celebrations on April 30 and May 1, 2008. An all-inclusive participation by Punjabis spread all over India engaged in diverse activities shared their ideas, thoughts, knowledge and experiences, paving way for further improving and fine-tuning University's endeavours in the direction of expanding the frontiers of Punjabi development. The University added another feather to its cap by holding a five-day Rababi Bhai Mardana Classical Music Conference on the pattern of Harvallabh Sangeet Sammelan which helped Punjabi University carve out a special niche for itself in the field of Sikh Divine Music. His special interest in promoting Media Studies has resulted into the creation of first-of-its-kind in the region a Rs 25-lakh fully-equipped state-of-the-art TV and Film Studio in the University's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

This is being followed by the establishment of a monumental Media Centre and a Film City to meet and encounter the newer challenges for the students of Mass Communication in the field of electronic media, multimedia and media management. His explicit enthusiasm and honesty of purpose comes out vividly evident by the very fact that he has already earmarked Rs four crore for the establishing the Centre. To grant financial autonomy and making the functioning of all the teaching and research departments hassles-free, Dr Jaspal Singh has approved Rs one lakh as an independent grant for their upgradation and strengthening their infrastructure. While Rs two crore have been earmarked by him for totally air-conditioning the Bhai Kahan Singh Main Library, Rs one crore have been reserved for centrally air-conditioning and creating a 100-seater auditorium in the only-of-its kind centre of comparative religious studies, known as Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan.

His special emphasis on the utilitarian-oriented research activities has touched new heights, while the drive to treat the entire ambience of the University in an aesthetically and hygienically manner has got a shot in the arm following his uncanny wisdom, visionary guidance and prudent advice. Looking at the environment getting continuously, callously and colossally polluted, he has created Punjabi University Environment Society to make the Campus 'polythene and smoke-free'. After launching a 'pro-environment, anti-pollution' drive as a part of health and hygiene crusade, he has directed the Society members to ensure that no corner of the Campus remains unattended, lest it becomes a breeding ground for the weeds and poisonous animals, grow medicinal plants, carry out waste management and beautification drives to ward off the growing menace of global warming and greenhouse effect. His compassion for the rural poor has resulted into establishing another Regional Centre, sixth in row, at Jaito. A new Centre of higher professional and technical studies and a religio-cultural complex are being established at Talwandi Sabo for the preservation and promotion of religious and cultural heritage of Punjab. This will be in addition to already existing Yadavindra College of Engineering and six neighbourhood campuses in the most backward villages of Bathinda, Mansa and Sangrur districts.

Guided by his empathy, he spearheaded the establishment of an independent geriatric clinic at Patiala's Senior Citizens Welfare Association Centre to provide treatment to the old age patients suffering from different ailments. This has been followed by issuing orders for extending special facility of wheelchairs to the handicapped students for their easy and comfortable movement from one floor to the other for accessing required books and journals. The fact which everybody concerned would gracefully acknowledge is, that Punjabi University has been zealously driven to achieve many unique milestones and cornerunprecedented landmarks, even as it is touching new contours and pinnacles of glory under Dr Jaspal Singh's earthy and celestial stewardship, based on his innovative and grandiose concepts during just-about-a-year's of his stay in office.

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Renovation of Gymnasium Hall (Tender)
Punjabi University fails to release pension again (News)
Athletic meet program (News)
Orientation courses best for higher education (News)
Semester system in UG course at Punjabi University (News)
Audit team making varsity rounds (News)
Const of Archery range shed (Tender)
Special Jury award to film STAPU (News)
Punjabi Conference started (News)
Punjabi Academy will soon available in Uttrakhand (News)
Students ko admission na dene par bhadke sangathan (News)
PGD in certificate (Admission Notice)
80 percent candidates not eligible for post of Asstt Professor (News)
PhD entrance test next week, but where are the seats (News)
PU teachers demand salary arrears (News)
Only few students get admission in MBA (News)
LLM Course (Admission Notice)
B Ed course (Admission Notice)
Asstt Professor on regular basis (Job Vacancy)
Multipupose work (Tender)
M Ed course (Admission Notice)
Deputation met to Dr Sidhu (News)
Asstt Professor (Job Vacancy)
Dr Paramjeet Singh new Dean Academics (News)
Water Supply and Sanitary fittings (Tender)
Asstt Professor in Physics and English (Job Vacancy)
Punjabi University a pride of Punjab (Profile)
Master of Business Administration (Admission Notice)
Students want Media courses (News)
MBA and MCA (Admission Notice)
Lok kalao ki sambhal par rok (News)
Laboratory tables (Tender)
University par mandra rha kangali ka saya (News)
Students jathebandiya de aagu dean student bhalai nu mile (News)
PU wants good impression from its wild birds (News)
BTech admission for sports category (Admission Notice)
University ne badhai fees (News)
Dharna on VC office (News)
Fathers day program celebrated (News)
B Ed course (Admission Notice)
Non teaching posts (Job Vacancy)
Fellowship to Satish Kaul (News)
Musical night in PU (News)
Meeting to solve students problems (News)
Biogas will produce from Hostel sludge (News)
7 new academic courses start (News)
Non teaching employees bhadke (News)
Affiliation to 7 new courses (News)
Employees dharna for Library (News)
Supply of portland pozolana cement (Tender)
Sikandar me dikhegi student politics (News)
Varsity gets breather as govt releases grant (News)
Spoken English (Admission Notice)
Punjabi Varsity to conduct research on Census data (News)
RTI se bachne ko farzi pattar ka sahara (News)
7 new courses soon started (News)
Estabilish on April 30, 1962 (Profile)
PU me work station ki sathapna (News)
BA honours in Punjabi (Admission Notice)
Dr Baldev Baddan awarded from Punjabi University (News)
PSU blames University to be anti punjabi language (News)
Website starts for solve the problems of UGC Test (News)
JET MBA roll number (Public Notice)
University ke prastavit projects ko mili hari jhandi (News)
PCS Executive (Admission Notice)
Suraj se hogi Punjabi University roshan (News)
Purchase of HDPE (Tender)
Super specialised course will start soon (News)
Sports wing trail (Advertisement)
Trails for Sports wing (Advertisement)
VC ne thama Satish Kaul ka hath (News)
B Ed course (Admission Notice)
Seminar on Punjabi Language (News)
Aurat ke sangharsh ki kahani maya (News)
Samaj ka darpan hota hai sahitya (News)
Sikhi de parchar lai Punjabi University di ek adutti pehal (News)
End of 6th Punjabi Conference (News)
Auction for Fruit garden (Advertisement)
Geography paper in English (News)
No Sanskritand Hindu auction in Punjab TET (News)
Punjabiyo ne world me jamai thaak, Rakhda (News)
All India 6th Conferecne (News)
Students upset for attend Geography paper in English (News)
Pbi Varsity to get Gujrals books (News)
Maa Bolli nu parnai Punjabi University (News)
World dance day celebrated (News)
Registrar and Accounts Officer (Job Vacancy)
Cancer hit families cutting on basic needs (News)
Students ko banta pichle saal ka Punjabi paper (News)
Shamshad begum dead since 1998 (News)
Shamshad Begham expired in 1998 or 2013 (News)
Punjabi Conference on 30th (News)
Certificate Course in Yoga (Admission Notice)
Grant of 75lac to Zeology Department (News)
Seminar on Jeev Vibhinta (News)
Punjabi Language de Students de bhavikh naal khilvad (News)
Post Matric Scholarship Scheme (News)
Students ne funka Badal ka putla (News)
Workshop by Psychology department (News)
Womens Handball team awarded (News)
Launching of Gurmat Gyan teaching Program (News)
Starting of Gurmat Courses etc (News)
Gurmati gyan online teaching website launch (News)
Opening of teaching program (News)
Volleyball team of Women awarded (News)
Selection trail of Students from 17 (News)
Const of Girls Hostel (Tender)
Dr Rajinder Singh Gill new Dean (News)
5 lac theft from CC Department (News)
New Miss India play role in Kaur is Queen (News)
University to honour Navneet (Profile)
Professor injured in car collision (News)
115 Students artists awarded (News)
PU Sahit and Culture de vikas lai best (News)
Badminton course building (Tender)
Badhte pollution par chinta jatai (News)
Const of Badminton Courts Building (Tender)
Punjabi University da vishesh yatan (News)
Punjabi Varsity celebrated Navneets feat (News)
Retired Professor translated Shakespeares works into Punjabi (Profile)
Historical Conference (News)
All set to open more education colleges (News)
Galti University ki, Preshan Student (News)
Students face problem for mistake in roll number (News)
25 se shuru karenge bhukh hadtal (News)
PU da 93.76 cr de ghatte wala bajat pesh (News)
Mahol kharab ho sakda hai galat faisle naal (News)
Starting of Athletic meet (News)
Pbi Univs deficit swells to Rs 93.76 cr (News)
Punjabi varsity passes budget (News)
Athletic meet (News)
Prof. Surinder Singh awarded with Gurmati Sangeet Award (News)
Punjabi University ne result ailaneya (News)
Students ne kiya pardarshan (News)
MBA Course (Admission Notice)
Director ke padh par bhi rahenge barkarar (News)
MBA Programme (Admission Notice)
Punjabi University bani kabaddi Championship (News)
PU ne 3 rd time jeeti Kabaddi Championship (News)
Punjabi University bani kabaddi Champion (News)
Students ne diya Punjabi University me dharna (News)
Pu and GNDU me hoga Kabaddi ka final (News)
Dr Baljeet Sidhu PU ke vitt officer bane (News)
PU Patiala ne Fatehgarh University ko haraya (News)
Bacho ko samajik buraiyo prati jagruk kiya (News)
Chetna rally nikali (News)
Dr Walia Chief of Reporting (News)
Home lent colony me din dihade choro ne tode makan ke tale (News)
Research Scholars (Job Vacancy)
Security and Allied services (Tender)
Punjabi University wich research scholars andolan de rah te (News)
Highcool School ke syllabus ka bane hissa (News)
PU ke Students ne ki rosh rally (News)
Research Scholars ne kiya rosh pardarshan (News)
Physiotherapy me sehat sevaye kargar sabit ho rahi,VC (News)
Classical sangeet Hindustan ki pehchan, Dr Jaspal Singh (News)
Dr Harbhajan yadgiri bhashan ladi tahit dujja bhashan ayojit (News)
Sanskritiyo ke sangam par jhumi PU (News)
Buddijivi Dr J A Khan awarded (News)
Youth Fest wich kalakara ne rang bikhere (News)
Dakshes desho ke lok naach ne batori taliya (News)
Starting of 5 days Youth Fest (News)
Youth Fest (News)
India ki suraksha ko gaer dhamkiyo subject par seminar (News)
Punjabi University wich tanks di pardarshni (News)
2 days National seminar (News)
Maa Boli de pakh wich vadda kafla (News)
Cordia College ne Patiala ko maat di (News)
Blood donation camp ayojit (News)
PU me 2 employes gut bhide (News)
UG courses ki practical exams 9 march se (News)
25 saal nikalan te v apni imarat nahi mili, Beer Davinder Singh (News)
Progressive Employes front sabhi pado par kabij (News)
Punjabi de ughe kahanikar Khalid hussein naal Ru ba ru program karvaye (News)
Army Chief 22 ko ayenge PU (News)
End of 5 days workshop (News)
Darja karamchariyo ne ki mukammal hadtal (News)
7 bottles of wine baramad (News)
Samuchi teyariya mukammal (News)
Chunavi akhade me utre 42 umeedvar (News)
AIPMET and AIEEE crash course (Admission Notice)
AIPMET and AIEEE (Admission Notice)
Media and suchna saksharta par seminar (News)
Pehredar ki bhumika nibhaye Media, VC (News)
Archari vijeta team ka welcome (News)
Punjabi University de teerandaja ne lagatar 5 th var trophy jitti (News)
4 group huye aamne samne (News)
Patiala won Championship (News)
Shiksha sambandhi jarurato ko dhyan me rakhe shikshak (News)
Shiksha se samaj nayi disha prapat kar sakta hai, VC (News)
All India Talwarbaji Championship (News)
PU ne 4 gold and 2 silver medals jitte (News)
Shapath grehan samaroh ayojit (News)
PU ke khiladiyo ka shandar pardarshan (News)
Construction of Sports Hostel (Tender)
Patiala Student molested in Amritsar (News)
Patil vallo Vidhan Palika wich aurta lai rakhvenction di vakalat (News)
One day workshop ayojit (News)
PU ka University of Technology ke sath samjhota (News)
PU wich hovegi Punjabi virasat kender di sathapna (News)
PU me banega Punjabi virasat kender (News)
Unclaimed amount of CPF GPF (Advertisement)
Lifetime fellowship to Dr SP Singh and Aulakh (News)
Pani walia kheda wich University di jhandi (News)
Republic day celebrated (News)
PU lifetime fellowship to Fauja Singh (News)
Principal na rakhne par College ko 50,000 hoga jurmana (News)
Certificate Course in Yoga (Admission Notice)
Notice for affiliate 60 colleges (News)
Best college award of NSS to Mahindra College (News)
Hangamadar rahi senate bethak (News)
Punjabi University ne Haryana ko haraya (News)
50 th Punjabi University Annual Athletic meet (News)
Nisvarth samajseva kare naujvan (News)
National Seminar in Punjabi University (News)
Teachers slam move to scrap pension scheme (News)
Seminar on Parvasi Punjabis (News)
PU me phoolo ki pardarshni ne bikheri mahak (News)
PU develops text to speech software (News)
Football mukable me Malwa College dusre number par (News)
PU Distance Education me naye course shuru kiye (News)
Loveleen ne prapat kiya swarn padak (News)
MBA Programme (Admission Notice)
International Conference on Environmental care (News)
Laying International level synthetic Athlete Track (Tender)
Sewerage Treatment Plant (Tender)
End of Athletic Meet (News)
Maa Bolli ne dilaya Award (News)
Nashanmukhi search and Sikhiya vall dhyan den di lod (News)
Gurdas Maan te Singh Bandu nu D litt di degree vandi (News)
Gurdas Maan awarded with D litt degree (News)
Gurdas Maan and Singh Bandu honoured with D litt degree (News)
Languages mael johl badhati hai (News)
Degree mili toh khile students ke chehre (News)
Gurdas Maan awarded with Doctor of Lecturer degree (News)
269 Students ko Degrees and Medal pardan (News)
Opening of Diaspora Studies (News)
Doctorate for Gurdas Maan (News)
Punjabi Diaspora Conference in Punjabi University (News)
36 th Convocation of Punjabi University (Convocation)
Har saal hogi Punjabi shakshiyato ki conference (News)
Athletics meet from today (News)
Students ne jalaya Deputy CM ka putla (News)
36 th Annual Convocation 2012 (Convocation)
3 divsiye Punjabi Dicepora conference aaj (News)
Employees get offer letter soon (News)
End of Weight and Power Lifting Program (News)
Conference on Punjabi story Praptiya te sambhavnava (News)
2 nd World Cultural Conference shuru (News)
Rassakashi kar dikhai takat (News)
Shooting me Punjabi University vijeta (News)
UGC NET ke liye sabhi teyariya puri (News)
UGC NET ke liye sabhi teyariya mukammal (News)
Award Program in memory of Inder Kumar Gujaral (News)
PU degi Gujral ke naam par samman (News)
Karamchari sangh ne ki VC se meeting (News)
Computer Science Department ki workshop 29 se (News)
Clerks se milkar marks me herapheri (News)
University me Clerks and Student ka mamla darj (News)
Shikayat milne par bharti mamle ki hogi jaanch (News)
EDF dvara University me Blood donation camp (News)
Scientists ko sammanit kiya (News)
Kabaddi Program in GTB Khalsa college (News)
Punjabi University ka open air theatre shuru (News)
Youth Fest in Punjabi University (News)
Youth Fest in PU (News)
Punjabi University ko mila bada khoj project (News)
Gurmati Sangeet takniki shabdawali ka kiya lokaparn (News)
Seminar on Social works (News)
Const of Teaching Block (Tender)
Dr Jasveer Kaur ne Department ke mukhi taur par sambhala padbhar (News)
Foundation stone of Hostel (News)
SFI vallo Punjabi University Patiala wich unit di chaun (News)
Mashahar Urdu di Ek Sadi subject te seminar (News)
Punjabi di khoj te talim subject te program karvaya (News)
International Conference in Punjabi University (News)
Dusre ke dard ko apnana hi sufi jeevan (News)
Youth Fest me skitt me Gold Medal jeeta (News)
Kanun se hi lok hito ki raksha sambhav (News)
Seminar on Legal Literacy (News)
End of Youth Fest (News)
Students ke Hostel ki problems hogi khatam (News)
Punjabi University ma gharana parikarma shuru (News)
University di Faculty Social Institute Science vallo conference (News)
Youth Fest de 3 rd day Natak and mimicry mukable (News)
Youth Fest, Artistic skills on display (News)
Life Fellowship to Prof. Randhir Singh (News)
Three days Youth Fest in Punjabi University (News)
Books mele me shrotao ne uthaya kahaniyo ka anand (News)
Punjabi University kishti chalaun championship (News)
Hava vaang lokka da auna te jana (News)
Punjabi University vikhe 14 th Oriental Course samapit (News)
University main gate band kar kiya pardarshan (News)
garibo ko khatam karna jaruri (News)
Sehat sevao ke liye course 30 se (News)
Seminar on Women care etc (News)
Seminar on Media (News)
Pakhvaj vadan ne kiya shrotao ko mantarmugdh (News)
Media must shun sensationalism (News)
Parchun khetar wich videshi nivesh da virodh (News)
Mele ke doran hui lakho rupaye ki kitabo ki kharid (News)
Mumbai University ke teachers ne bikhera suro ka jadu (News)
Public College Samana bna Boxing Champion (News)
Universities me School of social science sathapit (News)
PAU Building after and before (News)
Dr Rajwant Kaur Awarded (News)
Punjabi University de history wich judiya nava chapter (News)
Good result of MCA Course (News)
Seminar on Man and Environment (Advertisement)
Envirinment me giravat par chinta (News)
Const of Toilet Block (Tender)
Ab PUme nahi hoga Political drama (News)
Punjabi University di Publication Burou di hond nu khatra (News)
Students ne kiya VC Office ka gherav (News)
PU ka Youth Fest shuru (News)
3 days volleyball mukable sampan (News)
Punjabi Varsity bribe for job scam, 3 booked (News)
PU me naukri dilane ke naam par lakho ki thaggi (News)
Punjabi University me naukri dilane ka jhansa dekar 22,500 rupaye thageh (News)
Seminar on Punjabi Alochana da sarvekhan (News)
PU ke Distance Education vibhag se 15,000 Students le rahe hai shiksha (News)
Shikshit yuva varg hi desh ka future (News)
PU ne SP College kamboj ko lagaya computer saksharta wing ka incharge (News)
University aaj karegi karvai (News)
Punjabi University de teacher Lakhwinder Singh di 2 saal di saza barkrar (News)
Gidda me Mata Sahib Kaur college ne bazi mari (News)
Punjabi University Patiala da karnama (News)
Seminar on Birthday of Shaheed Bhagat Singh (News)
Law Courses (Admission Notice)
Vice Chancellor (Job Vacancy)
PCS Executive (Admission Notice)
PhD bta MBA rakh liye (News)
Death of Dr Balkar Singh in Road Accident (News)
4 th Counselling of LLB (Counselling)
Punjabi University putta chunav ke result ghoshit karne par rok (News)
Cancer di jung jittan wala Hargunpreet PU wicho awal (News)
Shabdawali ke vikas par de zor (News)
UGC NET Coaching classes (Admission Notice)
Agli dastak haun toh pehla dekh log bhavuk (News)
Certificate course in Yoga (Admission Notice)
PU me 25 saal se kam seva par bhi pension laabh milenge (News)
Construction of water storage tank etc (Tender)
Professor Jaswinder Singh serial number 29 toh umeedwar (News)
Rang Pratibha Festival of plays by young Directors of Punjab (Profile)
Kise kom di pachan usdi bodhik parampara hundi hai, Dr Jaspal Singh (News)
Punjabi University de khidariya vallo kendri khed mantrale khilaf rosh mujahra (News)
Dr Deepak ne Students te hitta lai votta mangiya (News)
Khiladiyo ne kiya rosh pardarshan (News)
Punjabi Varsity students in Delhi to make their case (News)
Ignored for MAKA Trophy, Punjabi University peeved (News)
Electric work as per tender document (Tender)
Graduation de 3 years wich hun Punjabi wich paas hona lajmi (News)
BEd Course 2012 (Admission Notice)
Candidates should report to HOD (Admission Notice)
Dharam ke udeshya se dur huye log (News)
Dr Paramveer Singh ki Book ka vimochan (News)
MEd on regular basis (Admission Notice)
Punjabi must in univ, outsider fume (News)
GNDU, Punjabi University in a tug of war (News)
PU me niyuktiyo ki hogi jaanch (News)
Patiala Varsity faces shortage of hostel seats (News)
Punjabi te GNDU wich mud khadki (News)
Const of Sports Hostel etc (Tender)
Where the ST Students (News)
Pbi varsity boasts of many accalades in its golden year (News)
100 crore naal banegi Jung E Ajadi di yaadgiri (News)
Ye book bigad rahi face (News)
University teachers nu 10 saal baad miliya jatheband hoke challan da hakk (News)
Const of Media Centre Building etc (Tender)
Punjabi University vallo commerce de students naal vitkra (News)
Gurmat sangeet takes web route (News)
UG and PG Courses (Admission Notice)
Punjabi University ko notice jari (News)
Punjabi Varsitys hiring process under scanner (News)
Const of 100 SC girls hostel etc (Tender)
MBA Global Bussiness (Admission Notice)
Sewerage Treatment Plant etc (Tender)
MEd course 2012 (Admission Notice)
BA and LLB Courses (Admission Notice)
Remembrance of Sardarni Surinder Kaur (Bhog etc)
Law Courses 2012 (Admission Notice)
Electric work etc (Tender)
Punjab Varsity gets over 10,000 online applications (News)
Teaching Positions in various Departments (Job Vacancy)
Ab Shimla me PU ka Guest House (News)
MBA Course 2012 (Admission Notice)
Department of Distance Education (Advertisement)
University sent Admit Card without Roll Number (News)
BTech and B Hons. etc (Admission Notice)
Different types of papers etc (Tender)
PU karmiyo ke pay grade me vridi ko manjuri (News)
Supply of Sports Material and Sports Kit (Tender)
MSc and BSc Courses (Corrigendum)
AIU sports panel to meet tpday (News)
IAS Coaching Classes (Advertisement)
Pre election hiring at University, more jobs or more scam (News)
BA, BCA, BSc and PGDCA etc (Admission Notice)
Dr Simmi ko UGC se vishesh Project (News)
Punjabi University session 2012 2013 lai online dakhe karegi (News)
Student ko Bus se utara Students ne dharna diya (News)
BA, MA and Diploma Courses etc (Admission Notice)
PCS Entrance Examination (Entrance Test)
Purchase of Scanning Electron Microscope (Tender)
PCS Judicial and PCS Executive Examination (Entrance Test)
Const of Boundary wall (Tender)
PU me 5 aur seats khiladiyo ke liye (News)
Punjabi University vallo komi te komantri khidariya da sanman (News)
Punjabi Varsity info Officer gets show cause notice (News)
Clerk,Technical Asstt,Animator and Graphic Designer etc (Job Vacancy)
Chatisgarh ne asam ko haraya (News)
University Campus me bhi liye Interview (News)
Auction of Fruits from Garden (Advertisement)
Naukri dilane ke naam par 38 ko thaga (News)
Six years BTech Integral Course (Admission Notice)
Punjabi Varisty wich farji niyuktiya da pardafarash (News)
Two years BEd Course (Entrance Test)
Two years BEd Course (Admission Notice)
Preparation Course for PCS (Advertisement)
Punjabi Language ke vikas ko trust banaye (News)
Desh videsh wich Punjabi de vikas lai trust banaun da sadda (News)
Command of the Language (Advertisement)
We need Rs 150 cr to work wonders (Advertisement)
Bina Shiksha suba nahi kar sakta tarakki (News)
Punjabi University wich Punjabi Maa Bolli nal hi khilwad (News)
Kalakaro ke naach ne mann moha (News)
Singers de digg rahe miyar nu bachaun lai lok lehar usaran da sadda (News)
Maka trophy jitne par khiladi coach sammanit (News)
Providing and Laying Synthetic Athletic Track (Corrigendum)
Chandigarh Eleven ne jittya Punjabi Varsity Golden Jubli Football Cup (News)
Providing and Laying Synthetic Athletic Track (Corrigendum)
Sant Sujan ki kirtan kla par shodh hoga (News)
Priksha vibhag ki hui fajihat (News)
BA final ka Physical Education ka paper radd (News)
Punjabi University de sabka VC Boparai khilaf dosha bare jawab mangeya (News)
Six years Integrated Course in BTech (Admission Notice)
Construction of Building and Hostels (Tender)
Kya ab RTI dalun fir milegi degree (News)
BTech Courses 2012 (Admission Notice)
Exam duty dene se katrane lage Lecturers (News)
Coffee house situtated at the University Campus (Advertisement)
Punjabi University to create economics research centre (News)
Construction of Building (Corrigendum)
PAU Patiala de vatavaran vigyan vibhag nu 27 lakh di grant (News)
PU ko central se 4.53 crore ki grant (News)
Punjabi University me bhartiyo ki janch karenge additional AG (News)
International Level Synthetic Athletic Track Surface (Tender)
Punjabi University bani Bharat Pakistan Athletic Meet ki mejban (News)
Three months Certificate Course in Yoga (Admission Notice)
Row hits exams (Advertisement)
Patiala VC wants tabs on Private Institutes (News)
Physiotherapy Sikhiya de dhang tarike mudde te chunotiya subject te seminar (News)
PU ne jiti Kabaddi Championship (News)
Security and Alied Services in Campus and Neighbourhood Campus (Tender)
Construction for Deptt of Tourism Hospitality and Fitness Centre Building etc (Tender)
University bus ne motorcycle svar ko kuchla (News)
Punjabi University antar varsity talwarbaji di overall champion (News)
Sabhi ko mile roti,Kapda or Makan (News)
Sant Harcharan Singh Khalsa Ramdaspur walia da Punjabi University vallo sanman (News)
Punjabi University vikhe 27 Feb toh Punjabi Film Festival (News)
Punjabi University vallo Golden heart Schlorship scheme shuru (News)
Three months evening courses in Videography and Video editing (Admission Notice)
VC Patiala Sangeet ghrane ko dilayenge pehchan (News)
Personality Development Course for PCS Judicial (Admission Notice)
End of Orientation Course in Panjabi University (News)
Natak Muabje di peshkari to darshak Parbhavit (News)
Punjabi University Celebrates trophy win HC stays decision (News)
Gurua Pira walo varsoye amiri punjabi virse nu sambalan di lor (News)
Punjabi ke prasar ki koshish kare (News)
Spoken English Course (Advertisement)
Conference on Science field (News)
Khed subject te Athletics coach Sukhraj Singh ne kitti PhD (News)
Indore nal Punjabi University di rishtedari hor majbut hovegi (News)
Athletics coach Sukhraj Singh nu PhD di degree mili (News)
Shadat ki misal Guru Teg Bahadur (News)
Punjabi University Athletic meet dhum dhadke nal shuru (News)
Sikh gurua ne aurta de hakka di gall sab to pehli kitti (News)
Mahatma Gandhi and Akali dost (News)
Punjab History da 34th iglas ayojit (News)
Sant sichewal nu degree dite jaan lai ilake wich khushi di kehar (News)
Ache samaj ki srijna hetu sakaratmak drishtikon jaruri (News)
Punjabi University Convocation held (News)
177 PhD Degrees awarded at Punjabi varsity convocation (News)
Desh de vikas layi Students usaru soch apnaun (News)
Nakratmak soch se bache (News)
Punjabi University ke dishant samaroh me socheval manad upadhi se sammanit (News)
Sachewal ko D Leet ki upadhi (News)
Sant sichewal ko delite ki upadhi (News)
UGC NET Coaching Classes (Admission Notice)
Punjabi Varsity vikhe antar rashtriye punjabi vikas conference (News)
Dusri Language me bhi prakashit ho Punjabi sahitya (News)
Punjabiya nu amir virse nal jude rehan da sadda (News)
Punjabi Varsity wich 28th International Punjabi bhasha vikas Cnference da ayojan (News)
Dohre mapdand na apnaye vidvan (News)
Convocation Notification (Advertisement)
PU Patiala ke 5 karmiyo ki niyuktiya radd (News)
PU ke 5 employes ki niyukti rad (News)
Punjabi Bhasha ke vikas par jor (News)
Varsity Student imposter booked for forgery (News)
Certificate Course in Punjabi (Admission Notice)
Certificate Course in Punjabi (Admission Notice)
Punjabi University ne Jitti overall trophy (News)
Certificate Course (Admission Notice)
Appointments in Punjabi Varsity made on a holiday (News)
Punjabi University Sant Balbir Singh Sichewal nu sanmanit karegi (News)
College teachers hounge 65 saal di umar wich sevamukat (News)
2 roja rashtriye seminar (News)
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Notices to varsity for leasing gifted land

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday issued notices to Punjabi University in Patiala on a public interest litigation (PIL) that accused the University of leasing out some 60 acres of land gifted to it in 2006.

The PIL has alleged that the University has earned over Rs 27 lakh by leasing out the land for agriculture purposes. As per the PIL, the agreement between the a village gram panchayat in Patiala and the University authorities was that a regional centre would be set-up on the 60 acres of land.

The University, it has been alleged, did not construct a regional centre and has instead leased out the land for agriculture purpose.

The petitioner has alleged that an amount of 27 lakh rupees has been earned by the University by doing so. The petitioner has sought refund of the amount earned by the University and directions to the University to construct the regional centre.

Punjabi varsity teachers hold protest march, demand arrears

Punjabi University teachers held a massive protest on the varsity campus in Patiala on Wednesday to demand immediate release of their arrears. The teachers threatened to intensify their agitation if the government failed to resolve the issue at the earliest.

We would approach all

bureaucrats and politicians visiting the campus in case our demands are not met, said an agitated faculty member.

The protesting teachers started their march from the university coffee house and ended it in front of the vice chancellors office where they held a big rally.

All four factions of teachers - Teachers for Intervention in Education, Free Thinkers Forum, Democratic Teachers Front and Punjabi University Teachers Front - participated in the march.

The teachers have been demanding release of their arrears announced by the pay commission from the state government and union grants commission (UGC) for a period of 43 months (from January 1, 2006 to July 31, 2009).

The union leaders Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Ran Singh Dhaliwal, Jaswinder Singh Brar, Satnam Singh Sandhu, Surjit Singh and RC Gupta spoke during the rally urging the vice chancellor to press the state government to get their arrears released. The speakers deplored the discriminatory attitude of the government towards the varsity teachers.

The government has already released a part of the arrears to its employees. It has also announced that the next installment would be released this year. But it is paying no heed to our demands. It is a sad state of affairs that in the era of knowledge society, university teachers are being treated like this, rued one of the speakers.

Another speaker said that the real value of the arrears has already eroded considerably in the wake of high inflation.

Punjabi University Teachers Coordination Committee (PUTCC) has organised several rallies and dharnas on the campus for this demand. The PUTCC further resolved to intensify the agitation in the coming days if the state government failed to act immediately.

Apart from demanding the pending salary arrears, some speakers also raised the issue of neglecting teachers in the decision-making of university.

The teachers have submitted a memorandum to the vice chancellor for the earliest settlement of their demands.

Punjabi varsity teachers hold protest march, demand arrears

Punjabi University teachers held a massive protest on the varsity campus in Patiala on Wednesday to demand immediate release of their arrears. The teachers threatened to intensify their agitation if the government failed to resolve the issue at the earliest.

We would approach all

bureaucrats and politicians visiting the campus in case our demands are not met, said an agitated faculty member.

The protesting teachers started their march from the university coffee house and ended it in front of the vice chancellors office where they held a big rally.

All four factions of teachers - Teachers for Intervention in Education, Free Thinkers Forum, Democratic Teachers Front and Punjabi University Teachers Front - participated in the march.

The teachers have been demanding release of their arrears announced by the pay commission from the state government and union grants commission (UGC) for a period of 43 months (from January 1, 2006 to July 31, 2009).

The union leaders Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Ran Singh Dhaliwal, Jaswinder Singh Brar, Satnam Singh Sandhu, Surjit Singh and RC Gupta spoke during the rally urging the vice chancellor to press the state government to get their arrears released. The speakers deplored the discriminatory attitude of the government towards the varsity teachers.

The government has already released a part of the arrears to its employees. It has also announced that the next installment would be released this year. But it is paying no heed to our demands. It is a sad state of affairs that in the era of knowledge society, university teachers are being treated like this, rued one of the speakers.

Another speaker said that the real value of the arrears has already eroded considerably in the wake of high inflation.

Punjabi University Teachers Coordination Committee (PUTCC) has organised several rallies and dharnas on the campus for this demand. The PUTCC further resolved to intensify the agitation in the coming days if the state government failed to act immediately.

Apart from demanding the pending salary arrears, some speakers also raised the issue of neglecting teachers in the decision-making of university.

The teachers have submitted a memorandum to the vice chancellor for the earliest settlement of their demands.

No arrest yet in job scam

PATIALA: Two days after registration of a fraud case against a Patiala family for allegedly duping many people by offering them jobs in Punjabi University, police are yet to make any arrest. During police investigations, the role of some university officers too has come under the scanner.

Two days ago, a case of fraud was registered against Amarjit Singh, his wife Narinder Kaur, son Gifty and two daughters and their husbands for issuing fake appointment letters to around 140 unemployed youngsters after taking Rs 3-5 lakh from each of them. During police investigations it has come to light that the victims were called to the university on Sunday and fake interviews were conducted in the university campus.

Who provided them space inside the university? It could not have happened without the involvement of university employees. We have been working to find employees who provided them space, said a police officer. The gang members had got printed fake letter pads of the vice-chancellor, registrar and examination controller. The member used to call candidates to the university on Sundays and conducted interviews for various posts like clerks and drivers. But after interviews, they used to seek Rs 3-5 lakh from the candidates. Only those who gave the sought amount were given appointment letters.

We have been conducting raids to arrest the accused, said Urban Estate SHO Kuljit Singh. But he failed to give any satisfactory reply about reasons for their failure to make any arrest.

Police give clean chit to varsity staff in job scam

Police have denied involvement of any official of the Punjabi University in the fake recruitment scam that came to the fore when some youths approached varsity authorities with fake appointment and joining letters.
Denying the role of any university official, the superintendent of police (SP) Daljeet Singh Rana said, There seems to be no role of any varsity staff member in the fraud. Our probe reveals that some people from the gang who duped several youth posed themselves as the varsity officials and interviewed them.

An FIR was registered at the Urban Estate police station after a dozen of youngsters had complained to the police against Amarjeet Singh Kang and his wife Narainder Kaur Kang. Amarjeet is a dismissed constable of Punjab Police, while his wife reportedly was district Mahila Congress chief. The couple is reported to have made crores of rupees from the racket and are absconding.

Hundreds of duped youngsters had approached SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill with a complaint.

Rana heads the investigation team formed by the district police.The police team verified the facts after showing the photographs of the varsity officials to the duped youth. The cheated candidates denied having seen any of the official. Apparently some of the gang members had posed as officials during the interviews.

Ironically, the interviews were conducted in the Arts Auditorium of the Punjabi University.

The police have also found that a beacon-fitted Ambassador car was used to transport interviewee candidates from the Akal Academy, run by the couple from the Urban Estate Area, to the university campus.

They used to conduct these interviews either on Sundays or any other holiday, said Rana.

The couple used to charge up to Rs. 4 lakh for the clerks job in the university. The students were then issued appointment letters on forged letter pads of vice-chancellor and registrar.

It was also mentioned in the appointment letters that the candidate would have to undergo a six-month training in the academy before joining the university, said Sukhbir Singh, one of the complainants.

Punjabi University registrar AS Chawla, however, refuted the allegation that the varsity premises were used for fake interviews. He said the varsity had already filed a police complaint to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, the security wing of the varsity has asked for the exact details of the specific interview dates to verify the duty of peons in security guards in the varsity premises.

Vice chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh said the varsity was open for any enquiry into the case and was fully co-operating with the police.

Interestingly, this gang issued joint fake appointment letters to 28 persons on March 20, 2012 carrying signatures of Controller Examination directing them to join in various departments.

Family made crores in fake job racket in Punjab

PATIALA: A family from Urban Estate area had allegedly been issuing fake appointment letters of Punjabi University here to hundreds and collected crores of rupees but as happens in majority of cases, all escaped before the police could arrest them.

The list of unemployed youngsters duped by the family, which charged Rs 3-5 lakh for fake appointment letters, has been growing. Within the first 24 hours of a complaint, 140 victims from various parts of the state have approached Patiala police with written complaints for action against the family. The gang members, including Amarjit Singh, his wife Narinder Kaur, son Gifty and two daughters and their husbands, had got printed fake letter pads of the vice-chancellor, registrar and controller of examination. The member used to call all candidates to the university on Sundays and conduct their interviews for various posts like clerks and driver for various departments. But after the interview they used to seek Rs 3-5 lakh from candidates.

Couple charged with duping youths of crores

A case was registered at the Urban Estate police station on Wednesday in connection with the alleged recruitment fraud running into crores of rupees. More than 200 youths had been duped by a dismissed constable of Punjab Police and his wife in the name of providing clerical jobs at Punjabi
University.

As per the initial estimates made by the police, the money involved in the fraud could touch Rs. 20 crore.

The FIR was registered after 11 duped youths complained to the police against Amarjeet Singh Kang and his wife Narainder Kaur Kang, (who reportedly held the post of district Mahila Congress chief), accusing the couple of taking lakhs of rupees from them in the name of providing jobs. The youths were also issued fake appointment and joining letters by the accused couple.

As per the police, the accused couple is absconding.

Interestingly, Amarjeet Kang was dismissed from the Punjab Police a few months back on fraud charges.

The matter came into light when some youths in possession of the fake appointment and joining letters approached the varsity authorities and were told that the papers were fake.

Ironically, as per the statements of the complainants, the process of recruitment was held in the Arts Auditorium of the Punjabi University.

As per the FIR, the accused couple had opened an academy, Akal Academy, in Urban Estate, Phase 1, two years back, where youths were given coaching to get selected against the clerical posts in the university. As per information, as many as 200 youths were duped worth crores of rupees by the couple.

Each student was charged up to Rs. 4 lakh for the clerks job. The students were then issued appointment letters on forged letter pads of vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh, registrar and controller. It was also mentioned in the appointment letters that the candidate will have to undergo six-month training in the Akal Academy before joining the university, said Sukhbir Singh, one of the complainants.

As per the complainants, the interviews were held in the Arts Auditorium and other grounds of the university.

Another complainant, Jaspreet Singh said they became suspicious after the accused didnt respond to their repeated calls.

The role of university staff will also be looked into. Fraud of this magnitude cant be committed without the invovlement of some varsity high-ups, Patiala DIG LK Yadav.

He said the accounts of the accused had been frozen.

When contacted, Punjabi University registrar AS Chawla refuted the allegation that the varsity premises were used for fake interviews. He said the varsity had already filed a police complaint to look into the matter.

Pbi varsity to set up research centre

Punjabi University here will set up Centre for Development Economics and Innovation Studies (CDEIS) on its campus with an initial grant of Rs. 20 lakh sanctioned in the Union Budget.

The department of economic affairs under the union finance ministry has approved the setting up of the
centre, which aims to develop a network of researchers working on development and formulation of policies in emerging economies.
This is the first time that the union finance ministry has sanctioned such a centre in the Budget. Prof Lakhwinder Singh Gill of the department of economics in the university has been made the in-charge of this centre.
The centre will focus on comparative studies to study the effects of science and technology exchange between countries and those that developed earlier, said prof Gill.
The Centre will conduct research studies, organise conferences and workshops as well as field surveys and training programmes. It will also promote dialogue between researchers working in various departments of the university and those in other institutes in the country and abroad.

The CDEIS has proposed to invite as visiting fellows, well-known scholars from reputed universities and institutions in India and abroad.
According to the union governments plan, this research centre would be made a centre of excellence. This centre will play a vital role in studying the economics of the state, said Prof Gill.
According to economics experts such centres play an instrumental role in studying economies of Asian countries like South Korea and Japan and are a guiding force in development.

Ranjiv Goyal versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ranjiv Goyal, Press Report,
Opp. Arya High School, Rampura Phul. -------------Appellant

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala.

FAA-Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondents.
AC No. 407 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the appellant.
Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent.

ORDER:

The respondent submits letter No.3493 dated 23.9.2011 enclosing information. The appellant has sent a fax message that he is unable to attend the proceedings of the case today. Let him file his reply /rejoinder in respect of the information sent to him by the University.

2. To come up on 31.10.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
September 26, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Aditya Aniras versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. Aditya Aniras, #1605, Sector 44-B,
Chandigarh.
-------------Appellant
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala.

FAA-Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondents.

AC No. 687 of 2011

Present:-
Dr. Aditya Angiras appellant in person.
Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The respondent-University has further clarified the issues vide their memo No.3429 dated 21.9.2011, a copy of which has already been furnished to the appellant. All the queries of the appellant stand duly answered. However, he still raises the question that copy of the order of termination of his services has not been provided. The University has clarified that he was an adhoc employee and no order of termination was ever passed.

2. Regarding Sr. No.3, the appellant submits that he has not been given a copy of the charge report vide which he took the charge of the Departmental Library. This query has also been answered vide No.558/USBC dated 30.8.2009 of the University, a copy of which has again been handed over to the appellant today.

2. In view of the above discussion, no cause of action is left and I close the appeal case.

(R.I. Singh)
September 23, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Ahmad Khan versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ahmad Khan, #1451, Sector 38-West,
Dadu Majra Colony,Chandigarh-160014.
-------------Complainant.

Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 2175 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Ahmed Khan complainant in person.
Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The respondent-University has filed a reply vide No.3377S-4/211-11/RTI Cell dated 21.9.2011. Perusal of this letter shows that the PIO/University has not answered the deficiencies pointed out in the order of the Commission dated 19.8.2011.

2. The counsel for the respondent seeks one adjournment, which is allowed with cost/compensation of Rs.2000/- to the complainant, which shall be paid to him through crossed cheque in his favour before the next date of hearing.

3. To come up on 14.10.2011 at 10.30 A.M.


(R.I. Singh)
September 23, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

sp verma versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri S.P. Verma, #143, N.M.S. Colony,
Patiala-147004. -------------Appellant
Vs.
The Public Information Officer,
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala.

FAA-Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondents.

AC No. 781 of 2011

Present:-
Shri S.P. Verma appellant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER:

The plea of the respondent is that the complainant has not paid the requisite fee and he was directed to approach the Examination Branch to obtain the information. A perusal of the letter of the University bearing No.1808 dated 23.6.2011 addressed to the complainant shows that the quantum of fee was not intimated to him but he was merely directed to approach the Examination Branch. As regards the information pertaining to query at Sr. No.2, the reply has been given.

2. Since the information pertaining to Sr. No.1 was not furnished nor the quantum of fee was conveyed, this should be done now keeping in view the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005, free of cost.

3. To come up on 17.10.2011 at 3.30 P.M.

(R.I. Singh)
September 22, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Ranjiv Goyal versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ranjiv Goyal, Press Report,
Opp. Arya High School, Rampura Phul.
-------------Appellant
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala.

FAA-Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondents.
AC No. 407 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Ranjiv Goyal, Appellant in person.
Dr. B.M. Singh, Advocate, on behalf of the Respondent.

ORDER
Out of 15 issues raised by the Appellant in his RTI application, he is satisfied with the information furnished to him except the information pertaining to Sr. No. 7 and 12. At
Sr. No.7 he has asked for the names of the teaching staff, their educational qualifications and whether they belong to general category or scheduled caste. Similarly, at Sr. No. 12, he has asked for the names of the lecturers appointed on adhoc and contract basis, their educational qualifications and whether they were appointed on any recommendation, if so, the name of such authority, who recommended their names. His plea is that the information furnished to him is partial.

2. The Respondent undertakes to clarify these issues.

3. To come up on 26.09.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
September 16, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Dilbagh Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Dilbagh Singh, House No. 251,
Professor Colony, Near Vishal Shuttering Store,
Opp. Punjabi University, Patiala-147002.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 2511 of 2011

Present:- Shri Dilgagh Singh, Complainant in person and Shri Mohinder Pal, on behalf of the Complainant.

Dr. B. M. Singh, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
The Complainant submits that the information furnished to him needs further clarification pertaining to Sr. No. 2 and 4 of his RTI request dated 20.05.2011 as the information furnished by the University vide letter No. 1706 dated 16.06.2011 is not self-explanatory.
The Respondent undertakes to clarify these issues.
2. To come up on 12.10.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
September 16, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Jaskam Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. Jaskam Singh, Ward No. 16,
Mohalla Radhika, Mansa-151505 (Punjab). -------------Complainant.

Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 2431 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
None on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER:

The complainant has made a written request received in this Commission vide diary No.15303 dated 8.9.2011 that his similar other cases are fixed for hearing on 17.10.2011 and that the present case may also be adjourned to the same date. The request is allowed. Issue fresh notice to the parties for 17.10.2011.

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

(R.I. Singh)
September 12, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Naresh Kumar Gupta versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJABSCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.(www.infocommpunjab.com)Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta, Gupta Home,Near Post Office, Bassi Pathana-140412. -------------Complainant. Vs. The Public Information Officero/o Punjabi University (Colleges Section)Patiala. -------------Respondent.CC No. 2238 of 2011Present:- Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta complainant in person.Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.ORDER The plea of the respondent is that they have already filed a reply vide letter No.2987 dated 30.8.2011 in the other related cases and all the queries of the complainant have been answered.2. The plea of the complainant on the other hand is that the query at Sr. No.3 of his RTI application dated 7.6.2011 has still not been answered. This query reads as “Whether enhanced gratuity is admissible to those who retired during the period 1.1.2006 to 31.7.2009”. Giving the background of his query, the complainant drew my attention to the fact that the Department of Finance (Pension Policy and Coordination Branch) had subsequently issued a clarification vide its letter No.3/10/10-3FBPC/965 dated 13.8.2010 on the subject matter of implementation of the recommendations of 5th Pay Commission regarding pension and other retirement benefits. The Department of Finance has observed that “I am directed to invite a reference to Government letter No.3/23/09-3FPPC/879 dated 17th August, 2009 and subsequent clarification issued vide No.3/10/10-FPPC/635 dated 26th May, 2010 on the subject cited above and to say that the Governor of Punjab is pleased to decide that the payment of arrears on account of enhanced amount of gratuity on the basis of revised basic pay under the Punjab Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2009 to those employees who retired during the period from 1.1.2006 to 31.7.2009 shall be paid immediately.” The plea of the complainant is that inspite of these instructions they have not received their dues as per the directed in of the Department of Finance. The University has not given clear instructions in this regard.3. I have heard the parties. The University is directed to answer the queries of the complainant, giving a specific reply to the issue raised by the complainant in his RTI application at Sr. No. 3.4. To come up on 17.10.2011 at 10.30 A.M. (R.I. Singh)September 8, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner Punjab

Sital Singh Tiwana versus Punjabi University Patiala

30366 STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION,
PUNJABSCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

(www.infocommpunjab.com)

S. Sital Singh Tiwana, 1828-C,Tiwana Niwas, Randhawa Road, Kharar-140301.
-------------Complainant.
Vs. The Public Information Officero/o the Punjabi University,
Patiala.
-------------Respondent.
CC No. 2109 of 2011Present:-
Shri Sital Singh Tiwana complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.
ORDER
In compliance with the directions given on 5.8.2011, the respondent-university has clarified vide its letter No.3987 dated 30.8.2011 that as per the instructions issued by the Government of Punjab, Department of Finance (Pension Policy and Coordination Branch) dated 17.8.2009, the date of effect of enhanced gratuity is 1.1.2006, as mentioned in the letter of the Finance Department, a copy of which has been furnished to the complainant. Hence, the case is closed.
(R.I. Singh)September 8, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner Punjab

Jaskaran Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJABSCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.(www.infocommpunjab.com)Dr. Jaskaran Singh,W. No.16, Mohalla Rdharka, Mansa-151505.

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

The Public Information Officero/o the Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.
CC No. 2127 of 2011Present:-
Dr. Jaskaran Singh complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
On the last date of hearing, the complainant had pointed out deficiency in the information furnished to him relating to his query at Sr. No.3. This very query is also part of another case filed by the present complainant-Shri Jaskaran Singh bearing No.CC-2112/2011. Since, there is a overlapping regarding the information being sought in these two cases, the complainant submits that the present case CC-2127/2011 be closed and the university may be directed to file its reply in CC-2112/2011 which has already been adjourned to 17.10.2011. Accepting the plea of the complainant, the present CC-2127/2011 is closed. (R.I. Singh)September 8, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner Punjab

Naresh Kumar Gupta versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

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

Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University (Colleges Section)
Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 2237 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Naresh Kumar Gupta complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

In compliance with the directions given on 5.8.2011, the respondent-university has clarified the queries of the complainant and placed on record its memo No.2987 dated 30.8.2011. Hence, the case is closed.

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

Sital Singh Tiwana versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

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

Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University (Colleges Section)
Patiala. -------------Respondent.
CC No. 2240 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Sital Singh Tiwana complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The plea of the respondent is that they have already filed a reply vide letter No.2987 dated 30.8.2011 in the other related cases and all the queries of the complainant have been answered.

2. The plea of the complainant on the other hand is that the query at Sr. No.3 of his RTI application dated 7.6.2011 has still not been answered. This query reads as “Whether enhanced gratuity is admissible to those who retired during the period 1.1.2006 to 31.7.2009”. Giving the background of his query, the complainant drew my attention to the fact that the Department of Finance (Pension Policy and Coordination Branch) had subsequently issued a clarification vide its letter No.3/10/10-3FBPC/965 dated 13.8.2010 on the subject matter of implementation of the recommendations of 5th Pay Commission regarding pension and other retirement benefits. The Department of Finance has observed that “I am directed to invite a reference to Government letter No.3/23/09-3FPPC/879 dated 17th August, 2009 and subsequent clarification issued vide No.3/10/10-FPPC/635 dated 26th May, 2010 on the subject cited above and to say that the Governor of Punjab is pleased to decide that the payment of arrears on account of enhanced amount of gratuity on the basis of revised basic pay under the Punjab Civil Services (Revised Pay) Rules, 2009 to those employees who retired during the period from 1.1.2006 to 31.7.2009 shall be paid immediately.” The plea of the complainant is that inspite of these instructions they have not received their dues as directed in the instruction of the Department of Finance. The University has not given clear instructions in this regard.

3. I have heard the parties. The University is directed to answer the queries of the complainant, giving a specific reply to the issue raised by the complainant in his RTI application
at Sr. No. 3.

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

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

Naresh Kumar Gupta versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

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

Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University (Colleges Section)
Patiala. -------------Respondent.
CC No. 2239 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Sital Singh Tiwana complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The complainant states that he is satisfied with the information furnished to him and he does not want to pursue the matter any further. Hence, the case is closed.

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

Ajay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ajay Kumar s/o Shri Raj Kumar,
Ward No.5, Mour mandi,
District Bhatinda-150591.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University,
Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 1904 of 2011

Present:- None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri B. M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

None has appeared on behalf of the complainant. On the last date of hearing the respondent had submitted that the information had been furnished. To give one opportunity to the complainant to file his reply/rejoinder, the case was adjourned to 8.9.2011. However, today again the complainant has failed to make an appearance or submit any written rejoinder. Since no objections have been received from the complainant, I accept the plea of the respondent and close the case.

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

Jaskaran Singh Sidhu versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJABSCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.(www.infocommpunjab.com)
Dr. Jaskaran Singh Sidhu, W. No.16, Mohalla Rdharka, Mansa
151505.
-------------Complainant.

Vs.
The Public Information Officero/o the Punjabi University, Patiala.

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

CC No. 2112 of 2011Present:-
Dr. Jaskaran Singh complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
The complainant confirms that he has received the information except in respect of Sr. No.30 where he had asked for a copy of the certificate of teaching experience of Dr. Amar Preet Singh. The information furnished to complainant indicates teaching experience of Dr. Amar Preet Singh as 3 months whereas the other documents show that he had teaching experience of 4 years and 3 months. The complainant pleads that certificates in respect of balance experience of Dr. Amar Preet Singh are yet to be supplied. The respondent is directed to furnish all experience certificates which may have been given by Dr. Amar Preet Singh to the University.

2. The complainant also points out that his query at Sr. No.27 is deficit in so far as he has not been supplied a copy of the policy instructions which may have been issued by the Government/UGC regarding recruitment of teaching faculty in colleges and in the University. Copies of the latest policy instructions as applicable on the date of interview for Assistant Professor Physical Education conducted by the University in the month of June, 2011 shall also be furnished.

3. The complainant also submits that the copy of certificates of the candidates as furnished by the university is not legible. The hand written marks which were awarded by the Selection Committee are not legible. A fresh copy of the same shall be furnished.

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

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

Ajay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJABSCO
No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)
Shri Ajay Kumar s/o Shri Raj Kumar,
Ward No.5, Maur Mandi-151509.
-------------Complainant.

Vs.
The Public
Information Officero/o Punjabi University,Patiala.
-------------Respondent.CC No. 2134 of 2011Present:- None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri B. M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
None has appeared on behalf of the complainant. On the last date of hearing the respondent had submitted that the information had been furnished. To give one opportunity to the complainant to file his reply/rejoinder, the case was adjourned to 8.9.2011. However, today again the complainant has failed to make an appearance or submit any written rejoinder. Since no objections have been received from the complainant, I accept the plea of the respondent and close the case. (R.I. Singh)September 8, 2011
Chief Information Commissioner Punjab

Veer Pal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION,
PUNJABSCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)
Shri Veer Pal s/o Shri Mout Pal Garg,Ward No.12,
Gadhi Basti Near Ram Di Chakki,Mour Mandi-151509.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officero/o Punjabi University,Patiala.
-------------Respondent.
CC No. 2156 of 2011Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
The complainant has never appeared in this case despite due and adequate opportunity afforded to him. On 19.8.2011, the respondent had submitted that the information had been sent to the complainant vide university’s letter No.2643 dated 12.8.2011. The case was adjourned to 8.9.2011 to enable the complainant to file his rejoinder/petition, if any. The complainant has not availed of this opportunity and he is absent without intimation. Hence, the complaint case is closed. (R.I. Singh)September 8, 2011
Chief Information Commissioner Punjab

Ajay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION,
PUNJABSCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH
(www.infocommpunjab.com)
Shri Ajay Kumar s/o Shri Raj Kumar,Ward No.5, Teacher Colony,
Maur Mandi-151509.
-------------Complainant. Vs.

The Public Information Officero/o Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.
CC No. 2197 of 2011
Present:- None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri B. M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
None has appeared on behalf of the complainant. On the last date of hearing the respondent had submitted that the information had been furnished. To give one opportunity to the complainant to file his reply/rejoinder, the case was adjourned to 8.9.2011. However, today again the complainant has failed to make an appearance or submit any written rejoinder. Since no objections have been received from the complainant, I accept the plea of the respondent and close the case.
(R.I. Singh)September 8, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner Punjab

Mohit Sharma versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Mohit Sharma, r/o B/16/17,
Ghalori Gate, Mai Ji Ki Sarain, Patiala.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 2497of 2011

Present:-
Shri Mohit Sharma complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The complainant moved an application dated 15.4.2011 to the PIO/Punjabi University, Patiala who sent a reply to him vide No.1229/S-II/186 dated 9.5.2011 stating that he may contact the Inquiry and Information Centre at the Main Gate of the University. Telephone number of inquiry and information Centre was also mentioned in the letter. Not satisfied, the complainant moved the State Information Commission, Punjab.

2. The plea of the respondent is that there is no attempt to deny the information and the complainant was guided to Inquiry and Information Centre for seeking reply to his queries. The plea of the respondent is that the question raised by the complainant in his RTI application do not fall within the ambit of the definition of “information” under Section 2(f)b) of the Right to Information Act, 2005. The complainant has only asked questions and not sought copies of any information i.e. documents etc..

3. I have heard the parties. One of the queries of the complainant pertains to giving list of colleges affiliated with Punjabi University, Patiala, which offer B.Ed. in Sanskrit. This information will in any case to be available on record and be supplied to the complainant within one month.

4. With the above directions, accepting the plea of the respondent on other issues, I close the case.
(R.I. Singh)
August 30, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Naresh Kumar Gupta versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

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

Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University (Colleges Section)
Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 2237 of 2011

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

Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University (Colleges Section)
Patiala. -------------Respondent.
CC No. 2238 of 2011

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

Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University (Colleges Section)
Patiala. -------------Respondent.
CC No. 2239 of 2011


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

Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University (Colleges Section)
Patiala. -------------Respondent.
CC No. 2240 of 2011

Present:- Shri N.K. Gupta and Shri Sital Singh Tiwana complainants in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
The respondent submits that issues involved in these cases are already subject matter of earlier cases which are now listed for 8.9.2011. The respondent submits that these cases may be clubbed and adjourned to 8.9.2011.

2. On the issue of earned leave entitlement of teaching staff working on the covered posts in privately affiliated colleges of Punjabi University, Patiala for every complete year spent on duty, the respondent shall clarify the number of days of earned leave in a year.

3. To come up on 8.9.2011 at 10.30 A.M.
(R.I. Singh)
August 19, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Aarakshan banned in Punjab

The Punjab government has imposed the ban on screening of movie Aarakshan in the state of Punjab, till screening committee constituted by the state previews the movie and submits its report.

Making this announcement a Punjab government spokesman said that the state government took this decision after receiving Intelligence Reports that the movie Aarakshan has certain scenes-dialogues which may inflame the passion of some communities in Punjab. Reports to this affect have also been collected by the intelligence Agencies from some other states also.

Accordingly the State Government constituted a seven member Committee consisting of Mr. Samir Kumar, IAS , Secretary Home, Mr. Raj Kumar Atihai, Chairman Safai Karamchari Board, Punjab, Mr. Vijay Danav, Chairman, Scheduled Caste Welfare Board, Punjab, a member of Punjab Scheduled Caste Commission, Mr. V.K. Bhawra, IG, Intelligence, Vice Chancellor Punjabi University, Patiala and Vice Chancellor Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar to view the movie and to take a final decision in the matter.

The spokesman said that the Screening Committee would meet at Paras Down Town Cinemas, Zirakpur on 11th August at 5.00 PM sharp to view the movie and give its report after viewing the movie on August 12th, 2011. He said that till than the Screening of Movie Aarakshan would remain banned in the State of Punjab.

Ajay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ajay Kumar s/o Shri Raj Kumar, Teacher Colony,
Mour mandi, District Bhatinda-150591.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 1934 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER:

The counsel for the respondent places on record letter No.2526 dated 5.8.2011, which is taken on record. The plea of the counsel is that the University had filed its reply and the complainant was asked to point out deficiencies, if any. On the last date of hearing on 21.7.2011, the complainant was absent without intimation and the case was adjourned to 10.8.2011 to give him one opportunity to file his reply/rejoinder, if any. The complainant is again absent today without any intimation. In view of this, it is presumed that he is satisfied with the information furnished to him. Keeping in view the submission of the University, the case is closed.

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

Ajay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ajay Kumar s/o Shri Raj Kumar, Teacher Colony,
Mour mandi, District Bhatinda-150591.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 1933 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER:

The respondent had submitted a written reply on the last date of hearing to the complainant, who was absent on that date without intimation. The complainant is again absent today without any intimation. Since the respondent had sent the information to the complainant, his continuous absence on two successive dates only implies that he is satisfied with the information. Hence, the case is closed.

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

Ajay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ajay Kumar s/o Shri Raj Kumar, Near Bus Stand,
Mour mandi, District Bhatinda-150591. -------------Complainant.
Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o the Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 1972 of 2011

Present:- None on behalf of the complainant.

Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER:

On the last date of hearing, the respondent had stated that the information had been furnished to the complainant and the case was adjourned to 10.8.2011 to enable the complainant to confirm his satisfaction or otherwise with the same. The complainant, however, is absent today without any intimation. Hence, it is presumed that he has nothing more to say in the matter and the complaint case is closed.


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

Ajay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ajay Kumar s/o Shri Raj Kumar, Ward No.5,
Mour mandi, District Bhatinda-150591.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 1904 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER:

The counsel for the respondent submits letter No.2522 dated 5.8.2011, which is taken on record alongwith its enclosures. The counsel submits that information has been furnished to the complainant, who however is absent today without any intimation. To give one opportunity to the complainant to file his rejoinder, if any, the case is adjourned to 8.9.2011. It is made clear that in case no reply is received from the complainant, it will be presumed that he is satisfied with the information furnished to him.

2. To come up on 8.9.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

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

Harpreet Kaur versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Ms. Harpreet Kaur d/o Shri Gurjant Singh,
Devi Wala Road, Tower Wali Gali No.4( R),
Kotkapura-1510204.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Registrar, Punjabi University,
Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No.2007 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Counsel for the respondent submits that required information has already been furnished under Speed Post vide University’s letter No.1874 dated 9.5.2011.

2. The complainant is absent without intimation. To give her one opportunity that she has received the information to her satisfaction, the case is adjourned to 19.8.2011.

3. To come up on 19.8.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

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

Ajay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ajay Kumar s/o Shri Raj Kumar, Teacher Colony,
Mour mandi, District Bhatinda-150591. -------------Complainant.

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 1934 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The respondent submits that complete information had been furnished to the complainant, who however is absent but has sent a written petition that there are deficiencies in the information furnished to him. He has, however, not clarified the nature of the deficiencies.

2. A copy of C.D. sent to the information-seeker by the University is also taken on record.

3. To come up on 10.8.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
July 21, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Ajay kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ajay Kumar s/o Shri Raj Kumar, Teacher Colony,
Mour mandi, District Bhatinda-150591. -------------Complainant.

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 1933 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The complainant has sent a written request that he has still not received the information.

2. The respondent has filed a written repy vide Punjabi University, Patiala’s No.2164 dated 15.7.2011, which is taken on record.

2. To come up on 10.8.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
July 21, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Miss Alka Gupta versus Punjabi University Patiala


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

Miss Alka Gupta, # 35 Lane No.2, Opp. Radha Swami Satsang,
Punia Colony, Sangrur-148001. -------------Complainant.

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 1876 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The counsel for the respondent submits that in response to RTI query of the complainant dated 30.4.2011, a detailed reply was sent to her vide Punjabi University’s letter No.1913/S-1/216-11/RTI Cell dated 29.6.2011. A copy of this letter has also been placed on record of the case file vide University’s letter No. 2168/S-4/216-11/216 dated 15.7.2011.

2. The complainant is absent without intimation. To give her one opportunity to respond to the stand of the university, the case is adjourned to 19.8.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
July 21, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Ajay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ajay Kumar s/o Shri Raj Kumar, Near Bus Stand,
Mour mandi, District Bhatinda-150591. -------------Complainant.

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 1972 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The respondent places on record letter No.2186/S-II/275-11/RTI Cell
dated 18.7.2011 alongwith copies of the information said to have been sent to the complainant, who, however, is absent today.

2. To come up on 10.8.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
July 21, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Kuldeep Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Kuldeep Kumar s/o Shri Sandesh Kumar, Near State Bank of Patiala
Talwandi Saboo, Village Bathinda-151302.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 1917 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The respondent submits that a detailed reply was furnished to the complainant vide University’s letter No.1245 dated 23.5.2011. A copy of this letter has also been placed on record of the case file vide University’s letter No.2155/S-1/229-11/RTI Cell dated 15.7.2011.

2. The complainant, however, is absent without intimation. To enable him to file his reply/rejoinder, the case is adjourned to 19.08.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
July 21, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Ajay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ajay Kumar s/o Shri Raj Kumar, Ward No.5,
Mour mandi, District Bhatinda-150591. -------------Complainant.

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 1904 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The complainant had sought an adjournment vide his application received in the Commission vide diary No.12132 dated 20.7.201. The respondent also submits a written request vide Punjabi University, Patiala’s No.2215 dated 19.7.2011, which is taken on record.

2. To come up on 10.8.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
July 21, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Neetu Rani versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Ms. Neetu Rani d/o Shri Chanan Ram, c/o Jai Durga Cloth House,
#18071/A, 40 Feet Road, Chandsar Basti, Bibiwala Road,
Bathinda-151001.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 1535 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The complainant was absent on the last date of hearing on 22.6.2011 when
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate had submitted that detailed reply had been furnished to the complainant. The case, however, was adjourned to enable the complainant to file her rejoinder, if any. The complainant is again absent today without intimation. Therefore, it is presumed that she has nothing to say in the matter. Accepting the plea of the respondent that information stood furnished to the complainant, the case is closed.

(R.I. Singh)
July 11, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner Punjab

Rattan Kumar Mattu versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Rattan Kumar Mattu, Gobindgarh, Near Sachar Model School,
P.O Punjabi University, ,Rajpura Road, Patial-147002.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 1737 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Rattan Kumar Mattu complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The respondent has taken two fold plea. First, he has argued that the application is from Balmiki Chetna Manch. Therefore, this is not maintainable under Section 3 of the Right to Information Act, 2005. Secondly it has been pleaded that the information is not maintained in the format in which it has been asked. It is voluminous information concerning the entire University. Therefore, it will disproportionately divert the resources of University within the meaning of Section 7(9) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

2. I have heard the parties and gone through the record. The first plea of the respondent is rejected in so far as the complaint has been signed under the name and signatures of
Shri Rattan Kumar Mattu who is admittedly an Indian Citizen. As regards the second objection, the University is directed to re-examine the issue within the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005. Information like appointments under the reserved category of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes should be available with the University as every institution is required to maintain a roaster. The University should apply its mind afresh and give information which is available in the format prescribed by the complainant. However, where the information is not available in that format, the university may file a written reply spelling out the details.

3. To come up on 19.08.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
July 7, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Ranjiv Goyal versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ranjiv Goyal, Press Report,
Opp. Arya High School, Rampura Phul-15103. -------------Appellant

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala.

FAA-Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondents.
AC No. 407 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Ranjiv Goyal appellant in person.
Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The respondent-university places on record letter No.1827/S-II/520-10/RTI Cell dated 23.6.2011 alongwith photocopies of the information furnished to the appellant, who also submits a written petition stating that there are deficiencies in the information as some of the documents identified by him at the time of inspection are yet to be furnished by the respondent. These have been mentioned in the written submission dated 27.6.2011 of the appellant.

2. Parties request that the case may be adjourned to 5.8.2011, which is allowed.

3. To come up of 5.8.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
June 27, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Neetu Rani versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Ms. Neetu Rani d/o Shri Chanan Ram, c/o Jai Durga Cloth House,
#18071/A, 40 Feet Road, Chandsar Basti, Bibiwala Road,
Bathinda-151001.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 1535 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The respondent submits that detailed reply in response to complainant’s RTI application dated 4.2.2011 was sent by PIO vide letter No.839 dated 31.3.2011. The University has also filed a written reply vide No.16556 dated 13.6.2011.

2. The complainant is absent today without intimation. Let the complainant file her rejoinder to the reply given by the respondent.

3. To come up on 11.7.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
June 22, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner Punjab

Karan Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Karan Singh s/o Shri BalwinderSingh,
House No.717, Ground Floor, Phase-IV, Mohali-160055.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 1572 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Karan Singh complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The complainant had moved an application on 3.5.2011 seeking information on eight issues from PIO/Punjabi University, Patiala who sent a reply to the information-seeker vide letter No.1455 dated 25.5.2011 and again on 30.6.2011 taking two fold plea that the information is voluminous and secondly that it is not held by the public authority in the form in which it has been asked.

2. I have heard the parties. There is no merit in the plea of the respondent that the information is voluminous. The quantum of information is no ground to deny the same. However, a perusal of queries of the information-seeker shows that University will have to shift and reconstruct the information from the record available with it, as the information is not held in the form in which it has been sought. Therefore, the present complaint is dismissed with the direction that the information-seeker is free to approach the university again, seeking copies of relevant documents/record as these exist and are in the custody of the University.
(R.I. Singh)
June 22, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner Punjab

Abdur Rasid versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Abdur Rasid s/o Shri Badrudin,
r/o 248/18, 786 Chowk, Malerkotla.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 1286 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Abdur Rashid complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The complainant states that information has been furnished to his satisfaction. The only issue is regarding delay. The complainant had addressed a request to the PIO on 22.9.2010, prescribing a proforma in which he desired the information and some of it related for a period of ten years.

2. The plea of the respondent is that the information was also not held at one station i.e. at the headquarters of the University at Patiala. Some of it had to be procured from Nawab Sher Mohd. Khan Institute of Advanced Studies in Urdu, Persian & Arabic, Malerkotla and different branches of the University. Re-tabulating the information in the format devised by the complainant resulted in some delay. However, there was no intention to deny the information nor the delay can be considered to be unreasonable keeping in view the voluminous nature, ten years period to which the information relates and the format devised by the complainant.

3. I have heard the parties. The delay has been explained by the respondent. I find the explanation to be reasonable. In fact, there was no obligation on the part of the respondent to restructure the information in the format prescribed by the complainant, but the university took the trouble to do so. Therefore, there is no ground to impose penalty, more so when the information stands furnished to the satisfaction of complainant.

4. I close the complaint case.

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

Ranjiv Goyal versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Ranjiv Goyal, Press Report,
Opp. Arya High School, Rampura Phul-15103. -------------Appellant

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala.

FAA-Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondents.
AC No. 407 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Rajeev Goyal appellant in person.
Shri B. M. Singh, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.
ORDER
The appellant had moved an application on 29.10.2010 to the PIO/Punjabi University, Patiala seeking information on fifteen points regarding College of Engineering and Management, Rampura Phul. The University declined to furnish the information on the plea that the information-seeker is seeking very voluminous information which will disproportionately divert the resources of the University. The information, therefore, was denied under Section 7(9) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

2. I have heard the parties. There is no doubt that the information being sought by the information-seeker is extremely voluminous and may run into thousands of pages. However, the volume of information is no ground to deny it. The University has misconstrued the provision of Section 7 (9) of the Act. Section 7 of the Act mentions that information can be denied if it does not exist in the form it has been asked and to furnish the information in the form asked for would divert the resources of the public authority. In the present case, the information-seeker is only asking for photocopies of the record which exists in hard form i.e. documents. This cannot be interpreted to imply that it would result in diversion of resources of the University disproportionately.

3. However, conceding the fact that the information is voluminous, the respondent is hereby directed to permit inspection of the relevant record free of cost to the information-seeker both at Rampura Phul and also at Headquarters of the University at Patiala, depending upon where the relevant record is held. The complainant shall identify the record of which he wants copies and give the list in writing to the University. University shall thereafter furnish copies of the relevant record/documents to the information-seeker, keeping in view the provision of the Right to Information Act, 2005 including provision of Section 11. The entire process may be completed within a period of one month.

4. To come up on 27.6.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

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

Alka Gupta versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Miss Alka Gupta d/o Shri Tarsem Lal Gupta,
#35, Lane No.2, Opp. Radha Swami Satsang,
Punia Colony, Sangrur. -------------Complainant.

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala-147001. ----------Respondent.

CC No. 258 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

On the last date of hearing, the complainant had sought an adjournment on the plea that he wants to peruse the information furnished by the respondent. The plea of the respondent was that he has furnished complete information to the complainant.

2. The complainant, however, is absent today without intimation. From this, an inference may be drawn that he has nothing to say and he is fully satisfied with the information furnished to him.

3. I accept the plea of the respondent and accordingly close the complaint case.

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

N N S Saxena versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Mr. N.N.S. Saxena,
Kothi NO.232, Phase-II, Urban Estate,
Patiala.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.

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

CC No. 303 of 2011

ORDER

In continuation of order dated 29.4.2011, the respondent has moved an application that in second last sentence of the order dated 29.4.2011, the word “additional” may be added before the word information. He has clarified that only additional information supplied to the complainant before the Commission was furnished free of cost. The order dated 29.4.2011 is amended to the extent that the sentence in the order dated 29.4.2011 will read as:-
“The respondent further states that the additional information which has been supplied to the complainant before the Commission has been furnished free of cost”

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

Gurvinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Gurvinder Singh s/o Shri Gurdev Singh,
VPO Mehma Sarja, District Bhatinda-151201.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 936 of 2011
Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri B.M. Singhon behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The appellant had moved an application dated 31.7.2010 seeking information under the Right to Information Act, 2005 from the respondent-PIO on the following three issues;-

(i) What is the price of time under Indian Cultural Scripts “The Ramayana, Mahabharta and till date others?

(ii) Reply what is the price of bride/girl who is very pretty, beautiful, healthy, cultural values, religious conventional values and faith in God as per primary scriptures “the Ramayan, Mahabharta and Guru Granth Sahib story of the Raja Harishchandera/where bride valued/sold under crime of ‘Muni’ was crime selling price, a price/binding, acceptable till date under Acts of Law of the Constitution?

(iii) Reply price of couple children in cultural theme if readymade reply not available?
Transfer u/s 6(3) RTI Act to any PIO.

2. The PIO responded to the information-seeker on 18.11.2010 and a copy of the reply has also been placed on record. It appears that appellant was not satisfied and he preferred an appeal and the decision was conveyed to him vide Punjabi University’s letter No.63/RTI dated 10.1.2011.

3. The appellant is absent today without intimation.

4. Shri B.M. Singh, Advocate points out that the queries of the present appellant are ridiculous and there is no provision under the Right to Information Law to ask for such information. It was further pleaded that exemplary cost should be imposed on the information-seeker for wasting of valuable time of the University Authorities and also of this Commission.

5. A perusal of above three questions shows that complainant is misusing his Right to Information by addressing such queries. I would be inclined to impose exemplary penalty, but there is no provision under the Right to Information Act, 2005 conferring such powers on the Commission. The only relief which can be granted to the University is to dismiss the appeal and I order accordingly.

(R.I. Singh)
April 29, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

NNS Saxena versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Mr. N.N.S. Saxena,
Kothi NO.232, Phase-II, Urban Estate,
Patiala.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 303 of 2011

Present: Shri Prem Chand on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER
The complainant confirms that he has received the information to his satisfaction.
Shri Prem Chand who is representing the complainant, also states that information consisting of more than 300 pages has been received.

2. The plea of the respondent is that delay occurred as the record was very old. The University had no intention to deny the information and the delay was entirely due to voluminous nature of 24 years old record and the University made an earnest effort to trace the same and thereafter to furnish the information. The respondent further states that the information has been furnished free of cost.

3. In view of the above submission of the parties, I close the case.

(R.I. Singh)
April 29, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Miss Alka Gupta versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Miss Alka Gupta d/o Shri Tarsem Lal Gupta,
#35, Lane No.2, Opp. Radha Swami Satsang,
Punia Colony, Sangrur.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala-147001.
----------Respondent.

CC No. 258 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Tarsem Lal on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The complainant seeks one adjournment to enable him to file his comments on the information furnished by the respondent who states that complete information had been given.

2. To come up on 2.5.2011 at 10.30 A.M.
(R.I. Singh)
April 19, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

N N S Saxena versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Mr. N.N.S. Saxena,
Kothi NO.232, Phase-II, Urban Estate,
Patiala.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.

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

CC No. 303 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Prem Chand on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER

On the last date of hearing on 14.3.2011, the information-seeker had stated that he has received the entire information except bills, vouchers regarding payment to work-charged /daily wager/Class-IV employee w.e.f. 1.1.1986 to 31.12.1988. The complainant had stated that this record was produced in a Judicial Court at Patiala in the year 2007 and therefore effort should be made to trace out this record.

2. The respondent has placed on record vide Commission’s diary No.5654 dated 31.3.2011 a letter with an enclosure, which is a photocopy of letter NO.797 dated 30.3.2011 of the University addressed o the present information-seeker. This photocopy of the letter dated 30.3.2011 bears an acknowledgement from the complainant, that he has received the additional information and that in case there is any deficiency, he will point out on the next date of hearing.

3. The respondent states that this record is nearly 24 years old. Information consisting of nearly 300 pages has been given and that the respondent has no intention to withhold or deny the information. The record is very old and is not properly traceable.

4. The representative appearing on behalf of the complainant states that so far as the information pertaining to work charged/daily wager/class-IV employees is concerned, he has received the same for a period of 25 months and is yet to receive this information for the balance period of 11 months. The parties agree to again meet at the University and make an earnest effort to trace the old record pertaining to these 11 months.

5. To come upon 29.4.2011 at 10.30 A.M.


(R.I. Singh)
April 1, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner

JASWINDER SINGH Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY AND ANOTHER CWP 1433 of 2011

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

(O and M)

Decided on : 21-03-2011

Jaswinder Singh ....Petitioner
VERSUS
Punjabi University and another ....Respondents

CORAM:-
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE MAHESH GROVER

Present:-
Mr.H.C.Arora, Advocate for the petitioner
Dr. B.M.Singh, Advocate for the respondents

MAHESH GROVER, J
The petitioner has invoked the jurisdiction of this Court by pleading that he was eligible for being granted admission to M.Phil (Punjabi) course for the session 2010-2011 by taking into consideration his sports certificate which enables him to become eligible for admission to the
said course on the basis of his performance in sports.

According to the clause 4 of the prospectus there are seats admissible to the category of sports persons. The said clause is reproduced herebelow:-

4. For the additional Sports seats in all courses running under Punjabi University, Patiala the eligibility conditions shall be as under:-

i. The candidate must have participated in game(s) or event(s) including All India Inter University Sports Calendar for the year of admission.

Only the certificates of those games will be considered which are included in the AIU Sports Calendar.

ii. The candidate must be eligible to participate in the Inter University Competitions for which eligibility as under:-

a. Must not be more than 25 years of age on July 1st of the year of admission.

b. Must not have completed 7 years after passing 10+2 or an equivalent examinations;

c. Must not be an employee.

It was further stipulated in the continuation of the aforesaid clause that for Post Graduate courses with Graduation as the basic qualification, the sports criteria was to be determined as per the categories given in the prospectus which are as under:-

A candidate having secured a position or having represented India in regular and officially recognized International competition shall be rated higher as compared to the performance at National level. Preference among International competitions shall be given according to the importance of the competition and considering the position achieved as under:-

1. Olympic Games
2. World Championship
3. World Cup
4. Asian Games
5. Asian Championship
6. Asia Cup
7. Commanwealth Games
8. Commanwealth Championship
9. Davis Cup
10.Test/One day cricket matches
11.World University Games/Indian University team in recognized International Competition
12.SAF Games

1. Ist position in Senior National Team/Individual

b. Ist position in All India Inter University (Teams/Individual) or IInd position in Senior National (Team/Individual) or Ist position in Woman National.

c. IInd position in All India Inter University OR IIIrd position in Senior National (Team/Individual) or Iind position in Women National;

d. Represented Combined University (Teams/Individual) in the Senior Nationals;

e. IIIrd position in All India Inter University (Teams/Individual) or IIIrd position in women National;

f. Represented State in Senior National;

g. Secured Ist position in Team/Individual in Senior State Championship.

h. Having represented University in Inter-University Tournament(Teams/Individual);
i. Secured Ist position in University in Taem/individual events or IInd in Senior Championship.

j. Secured Iind place in Inter-College or IIIrd in Senior State Championships (Team/Individual);

k. IIIrd place in Inter College Championship (Team/Individual);

l. Secured Ist place in Senior District Tournament;

m.Secured Iind place in Senior District Tournament;

Note: Only 'A' Division Inter College Tournament will be considered.

The case of the petitioner is that he is MA in Punjabi with 55% marks which were improved to 57 % by him. He applied and was called for entrance test on 4.9.2010 and upon clearing the entrance test, he was also called for the interview where before the Committee he produced all the certificates but he was not selected.

Notice of motion having been issued, the respondents have filed their reply and have stated in para no.1 of the preliminary submissions that the petitioner violates the eligibility conditions as he is above the age of consideration which age according to the prescribed rules is 25 years whereas the date of birth of the petitioner is 20.4.1982 and thus at the time of the consideration he was more than 28 years of age, which is the sole reason for declining the consideration to him.

Upon evaluating the material on record, I am of the considered opinion that the petitioner being beyond the prescribed age was rightly declined the admission to the M.Phil course.

No ground to interfere.

Hence, dismissed.

(Mahesh Grover)
Judge

NNS Saxena versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Mr. N.N.S. Saxena,
Kothi NO.232, Phase-II, Urban Estate,
Patiala.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 303 of 2011

Present:-
Shri N.N.S. Saxena complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER

The respondent states that entire information has been furnished to the information-seeker.

2. The information-seeker, however, while admitting that he has received the information submits that pay bills/vouchers regarding payment to work charge employees/daily wager of IV class w.e.f. 1.1.1986 to 31.12.1988 have not been given so-far. The stand of the university is that they have not been able to trace out this record, while on the other hand the information-seeker states that these payment vouchers of the daily wager/class IV employees were produced in the Judicial Court at Patiala on 4.4.2007.

3. The respondent may confirm the position in writing. To come up on 1.4.2011 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
March 14, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

NNS Saxena versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Mr. N.N.S. Saxena,
Kothi NO.232, Phase-II, Urban Estate,
Patiala.
-------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondent.

CC No. 303 of 2011

Present:-
Shri N. N. S. Saxena complainant in person.
None on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER

It appears from the record that the University had sent the information vide NO.2471 dated 13.8.2010 which the complainant alleges was deficient. He produces a copy of letter dated 20.10.2010, in which deficiencies are listed. A copy of letter dated 20.10.2010 should be sent to the University with a fresh notice to appear on 14.3.2011 and file its rejoinder.

2. To come up on 14.3.2011 at 11.00 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
February 21, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Kuljit Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Kuljit Singh, Advocate,
#2290, Phase-X, Sector 64, Mohali. -------------Appellant

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.
FAA- The Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala. -------------Respondents.

AC No. 110 of 2011

Present:-
Sh. Kuljit Singh appellant in person.
Shri Anshu Joy, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent.

ORDER

The information-seeker states that he had moved an application dated 13.10.2010, which in fact was dated 13.11.2010, seeking information relating to recruitment of Typewriter Mechanics. The plea of the respondent is that they never received any request from the information-seeker. Hence, the information could not be supplied.

2. I have heard the parties and gone through the respective documents. The information-seeker has shown a copy of the Indian Postal Order dated 13.11.2010 and also receipt issued to him by the Postal Authority in token of registered letter said to have been sent to the University. During the course of hearing, both the parties have agreed that rather than getting into evidence to see whether the information-seeker had actually applied or not or whether the application was actually received by the university or not, the issue can be settled now by furnishing the information.

3. It is therefore hereby directed that the respondent shall furnish the information free of cost to the information-seeker within 30 days i.e. by 18th of March, 2011. With this direction, the appeal case is disposed of.


(R.I. Singh)
February 21, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Miss Alka Gupta versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Miss Alka Gupta d/o Shri Tarsem Lal Gupta,
#35, Lane No.2, Opp. Radha Swami Satsang,
Punia Colony, Sangrur. -------------Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala-147001. ---------- Respondent.

CC No. 258 of 2011

Present:-
Shri Tarsem Lal Gupta on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

The complainant had sought information vide an application dated 1.11.2010 addressed to the PIO/Punjabi University, Patiala. She has raised 10 issues, mostly relating to M & M College of Education, Village Nagri, District Sangrur. It is admitted by the complainant that M & M College of Education is a private institution and is not aided by the Government, though it is affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala. Being an unaided private institution, M & M College of Education, is not a public authority under Section 2 (h) of the Right to Information Act, 2005 and therefore any information held by the said college would not be disclosable under the Right to Information Act, 2005. However, information which is held by the University or which can be accessed within the ambit and scope of Section 2(h) of Act by the University shall have to be disclosed by the University, unless, of course, the contents of the information fall under any of the exemption clauses of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

2. The respondent is, therefore, directed to file a point-wise reply on the 10 issues raised by the complainant, keeping in view the above observations.

3. To come up on 8.3.2011 at 11.00 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
February 16, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Balbir Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

30366 STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION,
PUNJABSCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)
Shri Balbir Singh # 810-C,Phase-I, Urban Estate, Patiala.

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

The Public Information Officero/o the Punjabi University, Patiala.

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

CC No. 134 of 2011

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
The respondent submits that the information was provided to the complainant and that the present case is anfractuous. The respondent has also produced a photocopy of an acknowledgement given by the complainant, Shri Balbir Singh, that he has received the information vide letter No.45 dated 20.1.2011 and that he does not want to pursue the present complaint case.

2. In view of the above, the complaint case is closed.
(R.I. Singh)February 9, 2011. Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Balbir Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

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


Shri Balbir Singh #810-C, Phase-1,
Urban Estate, Patiala. -------------Complainant.
Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala.
-------------Respondent.

CC No. 3921 of 2010

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Gurtej Singh, clerk on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

A written submission dated 31.1. 2011 has been received from Shri Balbir Singh, the present complainant, stating that he has received complete information vide RTI Cell’s letter No.3982 dated 23.12.2010. It has further been stated by the complainant that he may be allowed to withdraw his complaint case.

2. The respondent has also placed on record letter No.221 dated 31.1.2011 alongwith its enclosures confirming that complete information had been furnished to the complainant free of cost.

3. In view of the above averments of the parties, I close the complaint case.


(R.I. Singh)
February 1, 2011 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Shalinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)

Sh. Shalinder Singh,
S/o. Sh Ajit Singh,
Ram Basti, Street No. 8-A,
Sangrur. ________ Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

AC No. 1064 of 2010

Present: i) None on behalf of the appellant.
ii) Sh. Harkesh Singh, Sr. Assistant, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The reply given by the respondent to the appellant in response to his application for information dated 23-09-2010 has been seen and found to be reasonable and appropriate.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
31st December, 2010

KCC SOFTWARE LIMITED Versus THE PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND OTHERS Civil Writ Petition No. 5917 of 2003

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, at Chandigarh.

M/s K.C.C. Software Limited …Petitioner
Versus
The Punjabi University, Patiala and Others …Respondents

CORAM: HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE KANWALJIT SINGH AHLUWALIA.

Present:
Mr. D.S. Patwalia, Advocate for the petitioner.
Ms. Disha Jaiswal, Advocate for Mr. Deepak Sibal, Advocate for respondents No.1 to 4.
Ms. Sudeepti Sharma, Deputy Advocate General, Punjab, for respondent No.5.

Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia, J. (Oral)

Learned counsel for the petitioner has submitted that during the pendency of the writ petition, a Deed of Settlement has been executed between the petitioner and the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala, copy whereof has been placed on record. Learned counsel for the petitioner further submits that in view of the Deed of settlement, arrived at between the parties, he will not press the present writ petition provided that the deed is acted upon by the parties, within a specified time. Learned counsel for respondents No.1 to 4 submits that the University will make every endeavour that they perform their part of settlement, provided physical possession of the property, which is, at
present, with the petitioner, is handed over to the University. Mr. Patwalia submits that the petitioner will handover the possession of the property to the University, within a period of one month from today.

Learned counsel for the University submits that as and when the possession of the premises is handed over to the University, they will release the funds to the petitioner.

In view of the broad consensus, which has been noticed in the Deed of Settlement and the statement made by learned counsel for the parties, no further directions are required to be issued and the present
writ petition is disposed of as such.

(Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia)
Judge

Hem Raj versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Hem Raj,
# 547, New Mehar Singh Colony,
Tripuri, Patiala- 147001. ________Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala- 147001. __________ Respondent

AC No. 786 of 2010

Present:

i) None on behalf of the appellant.
ii) Sh. Anshul Joy, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
In compliance with the orders dated 05-10-2010, the respondent has sent the required information to the appellant through speed post vide his letter dated 01-10-2010.
The appellant is not present. Apparently, he is satisfied with the information given to him.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
21st October, 2010

Sculptures Face Neglect On Pbi Varsity Campus

Pu­njab­i U­nive­rsity has failed­ to­ preserve several scu­lptu­res, which were created­ d­u­ring­ the six­-week­-lo­ng­ internatio­nal sym­po­siu­m­ held­ in 1980 and­ installed­ at pro­m­inent spo­ts o­n the cam­pu­s. The n­eg­lect f­aced b­y­ thes­e s­culptures­, made b­y­ in­tern­atio­n­ally­ acclaimed artis­ts­, has­ b­eco­me a caus­e f­o­r co­n­cern­ amo­n­g­ curato­rs­ an­d the un­ivers­ity­’s­ f­aculty­ o­f­ f­in­e arts­. W­hat­’s w­o­­rse­, t­he­ unive­rsit­y has appo­­int­e­d an ine­xpe­rie­nc­e­d c­are­t­ake­r t­o­­ l­o­­o­­k aft­e­r t­he­ c­re­at­io­­ns, c­o­­mpl­ains Harbhajan­ K­aur S­an­dhu, fo­rme­r c­urato­r o­f the­ Arts­ Mus­e­um.

A C­h­and­igarh­ based­ artist, wh­o­ d­id­ no­t want to­ be nam­ed­, said­ d­u­ring th­e tenu­re o­f th­en Vice­ Chance­llo­­r Dr S­w­aran S­ing­h B­o­­parai, o­­r­de­r­s w­e­r­e­ issue­d t­o­­ mo­­dify a­nd l­a­ndsca­pe­ t­h­e­ unive­r­sit­y gr­o­­unds. T­h­e­ pr­o­­ce­dur­e­ h­a­d a­n a­dve­r­se­ e­ffe­ct­ o­­n t­h­e­ scul­pt­ur­e­s. H­a­r­bh­a­ja­n Ka­ur­ sa­id unde­r­ ce­r­t­a­in ma­nda­t­o­­r­y co­­ndit­io­­ns, t­h­e­ unive­r­sit­y a­ut­h­o­­r­it­ie­s w­e­r­e­ bo­­und t­o­­ ma­int­a­in t­h­e­ scul­pt­ur­e­s in t­h­e­ir­ o­­r­igina­l­ fo­­r­m a­nd pl­a­ce­, w­it­h­o­­ut­ a­ny mo­­difica­t­io­­ns. T­he ‘Fo­r­mat­i­o­n­ 29′ i­n­st­al­l­at­i­o­n­ o­f29 i­r­o­n­ pi­pes by reno­wned art­ist­ Shiv Sing­h w­as damage­d. Late­r, it w­as re­-in­stalle­d by th­e­ artist h­imse­lf. H­o­w­e­ve­r, th­e­ p­ip­e­s are­ still missin­g.

Am­­ritsar base­d Avtarji­t S­i­n­­gh’s­ 15-it­-h­igh­ con­cre­t­e­ scul­p­t­ure­, ‘Kal­ia N­­aag­’, had­ stainless, colou­red­ g­lasses and­ b­u­lb­s, which were rep­laced­ with ord­inary­ g­lasses and­ b­u­lb­s. Ba­ro­­da­ a­rt­ist­ Ba­l­bir Sing­h’s sculpt­ure­ was fi­rst­ place­d i­n­­ t­he­ V-C’s lob­b­y­, an­­d t­he­n­­ i­n­­ t­he­ li­b­rary­. T­he­se­ day­s, i­t­ i­s use­d me­re­ly­ as a pe­de­st­al i­n­­ t­he­ art­s muse­um for an­­ot­he­r woode­n­­ sculpt­ure­, Harb­haj­an­­ Kaur sai­d. Parts­ of the­ s­culpture­ b­y Lond­on artis­t Avtar S­. D­hanj­al are m­­is­s­ing­. Ardnaris­hw­ar, a c­reation of­ C­he­n­n­ai­ ar­t­i­st­ Kan­ay­i­ Kun­hi­r­am­an­ w­a­s­ da­ma­g­ed dur­in­g­ r­epa­ir­s­.

VIPIN KUMAR Versus PUNJABI UNIVERSITY AND OTHERS CIVIL WRIT PETITION NO.16081 of 2010

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

DATE OF DECISION: OCTOBER 8, 2010
Vipin Kumar
.....Petitioner
VERSUS
Punjabi University and others
....Respondents

CORAM:- HONBLE MR.JUSTICE RANJIT SINGH.
PRESENT:
Mr. Vikas Arora, Advocate, for the petitioner.
Mr. Sidharth Gupta, Advocate, for respondent No.1.
None for respondent Nos.2 and 3.

RANJIT SINGH, J.
Counsel for the petitioner seeks permission to withdraw the instant petition.
Dismissed as withdrawn.
(RANJIT SINGH)
JUDGE

Hem Raj versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Hem Raj,
# 547, New Mehar Singh Colony,
Tripuri, Patiala- 147001. ________Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala- 147001. __________ Respondent

AC No. 786 of 2010

Present:
i) None on behalf of the appellant.
ii) Dr. B.M.Singh, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
Ld. Counsel for the respondent has requested for a short adjournment since the case file was given to him by the respondent only yesterday. The request is granted and the case is adjourned to 10 AM on 21-10-2010 for further consideration and orders.

It may be mentioned that the fees demanded by the respondent from the complainant vide his letter dated 23-06-2010 is not legally correct on the face of it since the application for information had been made as early as on 06-05-2010. The respondent may therefore make sure that the information which he intends to give to the complainant in respect of his application for information should be sent to him free of charge within the next seven days, so that it is received by him well before the next date of hearing.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
5th October, 2010

Ms Maninder Kaur versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Ms. Maninder Kaur,
I.T.I for Women,
Near Bhasha Bhawan,
Patiala- 147001. ________Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala- 147001. __________ Respondent
AC No. 751 of 2010

Present:
i) Ms. Maninder Kaur, appellant in person
ii) Dr. B.M.Singh, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard
The application for information of the appellant in this case concerns the use of a vehicle of the Department of Youth Welfare, Punjabi University. The appellant wants to know the places visited by this vehicle on the 12th and 13th October, 1996. This information can only be available in the log book of the vehicle, but the respondent states that Shri Sher Singh, who is its driver, has reported that the log book for the year 1996 could not be found. It had been given to Sri. Rajinder Singh, Clerk, who is now deceased, and the whereabouts of the log book is not known. The appellant, on the other hand, is alleging that the information which she requires is being deliberately and malafidely suppressed by the respondent.

In the above circumstances, I direct the respondent to lodge a FIR in respect of the loss of the log book of the concerned vehicle for the year 1996, and to take action in accordance with the findings of the resultant inquiry.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
5th October, 2010

MOHAN GIR Versus PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND ANOTHER Civil Writ Petition No.17515 of 2010

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB and HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

Mohan Gir .....Petitioner
versus
Punjabi University, Patiala and another .....Respondents

CORAM : HONBLE MR.JUSTICE SURYA KANT.
Present : Mr.Manu K.Bhandari, Advocate, for the petitioner.
-.-
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?
---
Surya Kant, J. (Oral)
The petitioner seeks a mandamus to direct the respondent- University to finalize the inter-se seniority of the members of the Feeder Cadre before making promotions to the post of Junior Technical Assistant Laboratory. In this regard, the petitioner is said to have served the respondents with a legal notice dated 10.6.2010 (Annexure P-7) followed by a reminder dated 29.7.2010 (Annexure P-8) but no decision appears to have been taken thereupon so far. Having heard learned counsel for the petitioner and considering the nature of relief sought in this writ petition, I deem it appropriate to dispose of the same with a direction to the respondents to consider the objections, if any, pending against the seniority of the Feeder Cadre as per the petitioners claim contained in the aforesaid legal notices and dispose of the same by passing a speaking order and after hearing the parties concerned, preferably within a period of four months from the date of receiving a certified copy of this order. Meanwhile, promotion, if any, shall be without prejudice to the rights of the petitioner.
Ordered accordingly. Dasti.

(SURYA KANT)
JUDGE

Ms Reena versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Ms. Reena,
D/o. Sh. Subash Chander Sharma,
Near New Kalia School,
Adarsh Nagar, Guru Har Sahai,
District- Ferozepur-152001. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala-147001. __________ Respondent
CC No. 2426 of 2010

Present:
i) Ms. Reena, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Ashok Kumar Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.
ORDER
Heard.
The application for information of the complainant mentions only one point, namely, “detail result of Ph.D entrance test (Punjabi)”. Subsequently, the complainant raised some detailed points in the compliant given by her to the Commission, and the respondent has given complete information to her, not only in response to her application for information, but also the points raised by her in the complaint, vide their letter dated 14-09-2010.

The complainant has been advised that questions as to why a particular action was taken or not taken by the respondent is not covered by the RTI Act, 2005.

No further action is required to be taken in this case, which is disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
20th September, 2010

HARBANS SINGH Versus STATE OF PUNJAB AND OTHERS Civil Writ Petition No.16642 of 2010

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB and HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

Harbans Singh .....Petitioner
versus
State of Punjab and others .....Respondents
CORAM : HONBLE MR.JUSTICE SURYA KANT.
Present :
Mr.Rakesh Gupta, Advocate, for the petitioner.
-.-
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?
---
Surya Kant, J. (Oral)
On the oral prayer made by counsel for the petitioner,
(i) the Punjabi University, Patiala through its Registrar and
(ii) (ii) the Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala are ordered to be impleaded as respondent Nos.4 and 5, respectively. The petitioner retired as an Assistant Registrar from respondent No.4-University on attaining the age of superannuation w.e.f. 31.5.2007. He now seeks a mandamus to direct the respondents to re-fix his pay as on 3.2.2005 and as a consequent thereto, re-fix his pension and pay him the arrears thereof alongwith interest. In this regard, the petitioner is said to have firstly represented the authorities on 23.4.2008 (Annexure P-3) but there being no redressal of his grievances, he served them with a legal notice on 20.4.2010 (Annexure P-4). However, there is no response to the legal notice also. In these circumstances and keeping in view the nature of relief sought in this writ petition, I deem it appropriate to dispose of this writ petition with a direction to respondent Nos.4 and 5 to consider the claim of the petitioner, as contained in the afore-mentioned legal notice (Annexure P-4) and dispose of the same by passing a speaking order, preferably within a period of four months from the date of receiving a certified copy of this order.
Ordered accordingly.
Dasti.

(SURYA KANT)
JUDGE

Daljit Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

30366 STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Daljit Singh,
Cabin No-111-A, Yadwindra Complex,
District Courts,
Patiala. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent


CC No. 2141 and 2150 of 2010

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The applications for information and the complaints made by Sh. Daljit Singh, in these two cases, have already been considered and disposed of in CC-1463 of 2010.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
29th July, 2010.

Daljit Singh Advocate versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Daljit Singh, Advocate,
Cabin No- 111-A, Yadwindra Complex,
District Courts, Patiala. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 1463 of 2010

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh.Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
In this case, the complainant had filed three applications for information, all dated 18-08-2009, in response to which he was given information numbering 416 pages. In his complaint, he has stated that he was charged an amount of Rs. 2000/- for 1000 pages plus Rs.250/- as postal charges, which is in excess to what was due from him. The respondent states that the amount initially taken from the complainant was on the basis of only a rough estimate of the number of pages of information which would be required to be given to him. Subsequently, the amount which was payable by the complainant was reassessed and an amount of Rs. 1254/- has been refunded to him.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
22nd July, 2010.

Inder Pal Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Inder Pal Singh,
S/o. Sh. Mahinder Singh,
R/o. Sarhindi Gate,
Patiala. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 1797 of 2010

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh.Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.


ORDER
Heard.
The reply sent by the respondent to the complainant’s application for information dated 13-03-2010 was found to be incomplete but the respondent has now, vide his letter dated 10-06-2010, sent to the complainant a copy of the proceedings of the concerned committee dated 06-10-2009, in accordance with which the representation dated 05-10-2009 of the complainant had been rejected. With this, complete information has now been supplied by the respondent to the complainant.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
17th June, 2010

Daljit Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Daljit Singh,
Cabin No 111 A,
Yadwindra Complex, District Courts,
Patiala- 147001. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 1655 of 2010

Present:
i) Sh. Daljit Singh, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The respondent has brought with him necessary clarifications in respect of the alleged deficiencies pointed out by the complainant in the information supplied to him. The respondent has explained in his letter dated 18-05-2010 that the letters of the PSCST which are being interpreted as “sanctions” by the complainant are only intimations of the amounts which had been sanctioned and copies of these are also not available in the records of the zoological society, since it has been stated in the respondent’s letter that “no record was maintained as it (the occasions for which the grants were given) was a timely event”. In any case, the complainant has been given copies of the concerned letters by the PSCST . In so far as the utilization certificates are concerned, the respondent has stated that these were sent to the PSCST vide registered letters dated 22-04-2008 and 09-07-2008, the receipts for which have been enclosed by the respondent with his letter. A copy of the respondent’s letter dated 18-05-2010 has been handed over to the complainant in the Court today.

I find that the alleged deficiencies of the complainant have been adequately explained by the respondent .

No further action is required to be taken in this case, which is disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
20th May, 2010

Sukhdarshan Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Shri Sukhdarshan Singh, H.No.2323/1,
Sector 45-C, Chandigarh. _______ Appellant
Vs.
The Public Information Officer
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala.

FAA- Punjabi University, Patiala. _______ Respondents

AC No. 245 of 2010

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER

The complainant was absent on the last date of hearing on 5.4.2010. He is again absent today without intimation. He has also not sought any adjournment.

2. The counsel for the respondent had submitted that the issues raised by the appellant in the present appeal have already been addressed in two earlier cases “CC-3319/2009 and CC-3845/2009”.

3. Continuous absence of the appellant without intimation or without seeking any adjournment only implies that he is not interested in pursuing the present case. It is ordered to close the appeal proceedings.


(R.I. Singh)
April 19, 2010 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Kamaljit Kaur versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Dharampal Sharma,
# 408, Dalima Vihar,
Rajpura, Distt. Patiala. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjab Technical University,
Kapurthala Road, Jalandhar. __________ Respondent


CC No. 1199 of 2010

Present:
i) Sh. Dharampal Sharma, complainant in person .
ii)Sh. Rajinder Kumar, Clerk/PTU, and Sh. M.L. Sharma, AR, Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering & Tech., Banur, and Sri Harinder Kumar, Advocate,on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
In compliance with the Court’s orders dated 09-04-2010, the respondent has brought with him a copy of the instructions of the AICTE, under which an amount of Rs. 8480/- was retained by Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Tech.,Banur, at the time of refund of fees deposited by the complainant’s son. The respondent has further clarified in the Court today that the vacancy
against which the complainant’s son was admitted remained vacant because of his withdrawal and was not filled up by any candidate and it still remains vacant.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
16th April, 2010

Sukhdarshan Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Shri Sukhdarshan Singh, H.No.2323/1,
Sector 45-C, Chandigarh. _______ Appellant

Vs.

The Public Information Officer
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala.

FAA- Punjabi University, Patiala. _______ Respondents

AC No. 245 of 2010

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER

The counsel for the respondent seeks adjournment. He further submits that similar issues have already been adjudicated by this Commission and record of these cases may be summoned before the next date of hearing. These cases, as per his version, are CC-3845/2009 and CC-3319/2009.

2. Case is adjourned to 19.4.2010 at 10.30 A.M.

(R.I. Singh)
April 5, 2010 Chief Information Commissioner
Punjab

Chhaju Ram Garg versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Dr. Chhaju Ram Garg,
S/o. Sh. Birj Lal,
Near Ahmedpur Gate, Ward No-14, Budhlada,
District- Mansa. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 405 of 2010

Present:
i) Dr. Chhaju Ram Garg, on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
A suitable reply to the complainant’s application for information dated 17-04-2009 has been given by the respondent vide his letter dated 04-09-2009. In his present complaint, some doubt has been raised by the complainant which also had been cleared by the respondent vide his letter dated 16-03-2010, addressed to the Commission, a copy of which along with copies of its enclosures have also been provided to the complainant.
No further action is required to be taken in this case, which is disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
26th March, 2010

Jaswinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Jaswinder Singh,
# 163/8-A, Ram Nagar,
Near S.S.T. Nagar,
Patiala. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 528 of 2010

Present: i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been sent to him by the respondent vide his letter dated 23-02-2010.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
26th March, 2010

Gurmit Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Gurmit Singh,
H No-B-2-1187, Gali No-2,
Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Kotkapura,
Distt. Faridkot. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 469 of 2010

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii)Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
This is a complaint alleging that the respondent has delayed giving him the information for which the complainant had applied on 23-11-2009. I find, however, that the communication sent by the complainant to the respondent on 23-11-2009 is not the original application for information, and no application fees has also been sent with it. Nevertheless, in response to this communication of the complainant, the information required by him was sent by the respondent vide his letter dated 11-01-2010. The complainant states that the information was required to be given by the respondent on or prior to 23-12-2009 but was actually given on 11-01-2010. I find, however, that the delay of about 18 days in sending the information, in the circumstances of this case, is not deliberate or malafide, of which no adverse notice is required to be taken.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
26th March, 2010

NTAS launches theatre campaign

The National Theatre Arts Society (NTAS) Patiala observed its 107th monthly Garden Theatre as Munshi Prem Chand Utsav, comprising Katha-Manchan of Prem Chands much discussed story Bare Bhai Saheb , adapted into a play by Sanjiv Lakhanpal, directed by Sandeep Kailey and a seminary session, presided over by Shiromani Sahitkar Awardee Dr Manmohan Sehgal, former head, Department of Hindi, Punjabi University, Patiala, on Prem Chands writings and views.



Ms Hardish Kaur versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Ms.Hardish Kaur,
W/o. Sh. Gurbachan Singh,
Gali No-1, Indra Basti,
Sangrur-148001 ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 3845 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
In compliance with the orders dated 15-01-2010 the respondent has given a clear and complete answer to the question raised by the complainant about the eligibility for recruitment as a regular lecturer.
No further action is required to be taken in this case, which is disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
15th February, 2010 Punjab

Gurmeet Kaur versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Smt. Gurmeet Kaur,
H No- 48-C , Urban Estate,
Phase-3, Patiala. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 3499 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant,
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate , on behalf of the
respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The remaining information has been supplied by the respondent to the complainant in compliance with the orders dated 21-01-2010.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
15th February, 2010 Punjab

Shalinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Shalinder Singh,
S/o. Sh.Ajit Singh,
Ram Basti, Street No-8-A,
Sangrur- 148001. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 3967 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh. Shalinder Singh, complainant in person
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The complainant in this case had initially attached a proforma seeking very detailed information pertaining to the M.A. English- I and II Annual 2008-09 and 2007-08 examinations, as well as the results of individual semesters. The respondent very rightly denied the information under Section 7(9) of the RTI Act 2005, on the ground that the compilation of elaborate information in a proforma devised by an applicant is not covered by the RTI Act. Thereafter, the complainant sent to the respondent a brief and simple proforma through which he has asked for information under the headings “total candidates who appeared” and “total number of candidates who passed in the examination” , in respect of the following examinations:-

1) M.A. English- I Annual Examination 2008-09
Paper 4 option 1 of the examination mentioned at (1) above on the subject of language and linguistics.

2) M.A. English-II Annual Examination 2008-09.
Paper 4 option 5 of the examination mentioned at (2) above on the subject of syntax of English and modern languages.

3) M.A. English-I 2008-09.
(i) Semester I ( July-Dec, 2008)
(ii) Semester II ( Jan-June, 2009)

4) M.A. English-II 2008-09
(i) Semester III ( July-Dec, 2008)
(ii) Semester IV ( Jan-June, 2009)
The respondent may check up whether the information required by the complainant in respect of the above mentioned examinations is readily available in his records and if so, the information should be collected and supplied to the complainant before the next date of hearing.
Adjourned to 10 AM on 12-03-2010 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
29th January, 2010 Punjab

Gurmeet Kaur versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Smt. Gurmeet Kaur,
H No- 48-C , Urban Estate,
Phase-3, Patiala. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 3499 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant,
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate , on behalf of the
respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The complainant has vide her letter dated 18-12-2009 pointed out some alleged deficiencies in the information provided to her. These are discussed as follows :-

The information for which the complainant had applied at sr. no.1 of her application has not been correctly denied on the ground that it is voluminous. The complainant has asked for the number of times that the post of Deputy Registrar has been filled up by promotion and by direct recruitment since the inception of the University, and a copy of the roster maintained for determining the category to which any particular vacancy belongs. While I agree that a count of the no. of times that a vacancy in the cadre of the Deputy Registrar has been filled up by direct recruitment and by promotion, would be a tedious and troublesome task and no discernible object would be achieved if it is done, an attested copy of the roster, if it is maintained for determining the mode of recruitment of a particular vacancy in the posts of Deputy Registrar, can easily be provided to the complainant. I therefore direct the respondent to give this remaining information to the complainant within 10 days from today, and if no roster is being maintained for this purpose, the complainant should be informed accordingly.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 15-02-2010 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
21st January, 2010

Ms Hardish Kaur versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Ms.Hardish Kaur,
W/o. Sh. Gurbachan Singh,
Gali No-1, Indra Basti,
Sangrur-148001 ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 3845 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh. Amanpreet Singh, son of the complainant.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
A reply has been given by the respondent to the complainant’s application for information vide their letter dated 11-01-2010. The reply has been found to be in order except that in response to the item of information mentioned at Sr. no.9 (b) of the application for information, the respondent has supplied a set of the regulations governing the prescribed qualifications for the post of lecturer/part time lecturer to the complainant, instead of giving a specific reply as to whether a candidate who has done M.Phil through distance Mode from Madurai Kamraj University, Tamil Nadu, but has not cleared the N.E.T, is eligible for recruitment as a regular lecturer in a college affiliated to the University under the University regulations, or not. Ld. Counsel for the respondent states that this query should properly be addressed to the college authorities or to the SGPC, which is running the college, but I do not agree. It is very much a part of the duties of the affiliating University not only to lay down the qualifications for the post of lecturers in various subjects, but also to ensure that affiliated colleges do not violate the same and select candidates in accordance with the same. It is therefore necessary for the respondent to give a clear cut answer to the complainant with reference to this item of the application for information, and I direct that this should be done before the next date of hearing and a copy thereof is submitted to the Court.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 11-02-2010 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
15th January, 2010

Gurmeet Kaur versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Smt. Gurmeet Kaur,
H No- 48-C , Urban Estate,
Phase-3, Patiala. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 3499 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant,
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate , on behalf of the
respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been provided to her by the respondent vide his letter dated 10-12-2009.

An opportunity is given to the complainant to point out deficiencies, if any, in the information provided to her at 10 AM on 21-01-2010.


(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
30th December, 2009 Punjab

Navdeep Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Navdeep Singh,
S/o. Sh.Karan Singh,
# 1105, W-3, Chakki Wali Gali,
Baba Ishar Singh Nagar,
Moga-142001. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
__________ Respondent
CC No. 3452 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The information asked for by the complainant in this case is a matter involving equivalency of qualifications. The University has informed him that as per the decision of the Syndicate, an equivalency certificate can be given only to any individual who is or has been a student of the University and since the complainant has not studied in the Punjabi University, he cannot be given this certificate. In view of this, the complaint is rejected and the case is disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
29th December, 2009 Punjab

Madan Lal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Madan Lal,
Railway Hospital,
B/Block, Railway Colony,
Amritsar-143001. ________ Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Punjab Technical University,
Jalandhar. __________ Respondent

AC No 694 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh. Madan Lal, appellant in person.
ii) None on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The Dean (Academics) of the Punjab Technical University has sent a message that one Mr. Nirmal Singh has been appointed as inquiry officer in this case and his report shall be supplied “as and when received from the above inquiry officer”. This message of the respondent is not at all satisfactory because the inquiry was entrusted to Sh. Nirmal Singh on 24-12-2009 in compliance with the orders of the Court which had been passed about 2 months earlier on 30-10-2009, and the Inquiry Officer was given one week to complete the inquiry, which expires on 31-12-2009. Secondly, no indication has been given to the Court about the date by which the report will be given by the inquiry officer. In the above circumstances, the respondent is directed to make sure that the inquiry is completed within the next one week and that the report is submitted to the Court on the next date of hearing.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 21-01-2010 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
29th December, 2009 Punjab

Amanpreet Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

S/o Sh. Gurjant Singh,
Gali No-1, Indra Basti,
Sangrur-148001 ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
__________ Respondent
CC No. 3319 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh. Amanpreet Singh, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The respondent has made a written submission that the notifications of the UGC prescribing minimum qualification for the recruitment to the post of Lecturers are invariably followed but only after the notifications concerning amendments in such regulations have been formally adopted and approved by the Syndicate of the University. The complainant wants a copy of the regulations which confer such powers of approval on the Syndicate, and states that a case regarding the application which he had made in order to get this information is coming up for a hearing in this Court on 15-01-2010.
In view of the clarification given by the respondent, no further action is required to be taken in this case. However, the respondent is reminded that they have to intimate to the complainant the decision taken on his representation dated 04-09-2009 in due course.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
24th December, 2009 Punjab

JASBIR SINGH AHLUWALIA Vs STATE OF PUNJAB



Sh Sandeep Talwar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh.Sandeep Talwar,
Sr.Manager (CF),
PAFC Ltd, Plot No. 2A,
Sector 28-A,
Chandigarh. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 3445 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh.Ram Ji Dass, on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
A suitable reply has been sent by the respondent to the complainant’s application for information dated 04-09-2009, vide his letter dated 01-10-2009.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
16th December, 2009

Sh Malagar Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh.Malagar Singh,
15/7, Anand Nagar- B, Seona Road,
Patiala.
________ Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 2953 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER

Heard.
In compliance with the Court’s orders dated 26-11-2009, the information which could be collected and was available as on 10-12-2009 has been brought by the respondent to the Court. This information consists of the category wise number of applications which have been received for the general category and the reserved category for the posts of laboratory attendants, library restorers and some other categories. A foot note has however been given which states that the scrutiny of the applications is still going on and in some cases some discrepancies have been detected and the concerned files have been submitted for orders of the competent authority. The short listing of eligible candidates for the interview/test is also under process and apart from the number of candidates who have been found eligible for the test/interview for the posts of steno-typists, clerks and clerks ( data entry operators ) , the number of candidates of different categories who have been found eligible for which has been given, it has been stated that this information in respect of other category of posts can be given only when the scrutiny of applications is over. This case is accordingly disposed of with the direction to the respondent to give the emaining

information about the number of candidates who have been found eligible for test/interview for other posts after the scrutiny of applications is completed and the same is available.
The respondent is also directed to send the information which has been brought by him to the Court to the complainant. A copy of the same should also be enclosed with these orders for the information of the complainant.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab

15th December, 2009

RAM MURTI SHARMAVsPUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

LPA No. 551 of 2002 (O and M)

Date of decision: December 14, 2009

Ram Murti Sharma ...Appellant
Versus
Punjabi University, Patiala and others ...Respondents

CORAM:-
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE ADARSH KUMAR GOEL
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE GURDEV SINGH

Present:
Mr. T.S. Dhindsa, Advocate, for the appellant.
Mr. M.J.S. Sethi, Senior Advocate with
Mr. Amit Sethi, Advocate, for respondents 1 and 2.

ORDER
1. This appeal has been preferred against the judgment of learned
Single Judge, not accepting the prayer of the appellant for his seniority above respondents No. 3 to 11.

2. Case of the appellant is that he was working as a senior Steno
Typist and was promoted to the post of senior stenographer on 12.3.1987, subject to passing the prescribed test which he passed.

By way of amendment in rule with effect from 1.9.1983, a condition was incorporated that if a person does not pass the test within six months in two chances he will be reverted and will not be considered for promotion to the post of Stenographer for one year from the date of reversion. Promotion will be given only after passing of the prescribed test. Further promotion to the post of P.A. was to be made on the basis of seniority-cum-merit and interview.

3. Case of the appellant further was that some of the private respondents, who were promoted as Stenographers, did not pass the test within six months, as required under the rules. They passed the test later but still they have been ranked above the appellant in seniority. If the rules are to be properly applied, they are required to be reverted and promoted again with effect from a later date and in that eventuality they could not be treated senior to the appellant.

Stand taken by the University was that private respondents No. 3 to 5 passed the test prior to the appellant in the year 1983 itself but they were not appointed by the Selection Committee.

However, this Court held them entitled to promotion by order dated
20.11.1992 in RSA No. 1185-1988 (Devinder Kumar Mehta and others versus Punjabi University, Patiala and others) and in compliance thereof the said respondents No. 3 to 5 were given promotion over and above respondents No. 6 to 11.

4. Learned Single Judge directed that if the private respondents had passed the test even beyond the period stipulated under the rules, their seniority will be protected.

5. We have heard learned counsel for the parties.

6. Learned counsel for the appellant is unable to dispute the fact that respondents No. 3 to 5 passed the test prior to the appellant and thus, there can be no objection to their being placed above the appellant. His grievance is that respondents No. 6 to 11 passed the test after the appellant and they were wrongly placed above him.

The seniority list was circulated for the first time vide letter dated 24.5.1995 (Annexure P/15) and he immediately filed the writ petition. In such circumstances, learned Single Judge was not justified in directing that irrespective of the date of the passing of the test, seniority would be governed by the position in the feeder cadre.

This argument could not be rebutted by learned counsel for the
University.

7. Accordingly, the case of the appellant vis-vis-vis respondents No. 6 to 11 is required to be re-considered after giving due opportunity to all concerned. There is no reason given by learned Single Judge as to why inspite of rule to the contrary, direction has been given that seniority of respondents No. 6 to 11 be protected irrespective of date of passing of test.

This part of the observation by learned Single Judge cannot be upheld.

8. Accordingly, we allow this appeal and direct the University to take a fresh decision in the matter of inter-se seniority of the appellant and respondents No. 6 to 11, after giving opportunity to all concerned. If the appellant is held to be senior, as claimed, further consequential benefits be also considered in accordance with law.

(ADARSH KUMAR GOEL)
JUDGE

(GURDEV SINGH )
JUDGE

GURMEET SINGH and ANOTHERVsPUNJAB UNIVERSITY PATIALA and ANOTHER

IN THE PUNJAB AND HARYANA HIGH COURT AT CHANDIGARH

CWP No. 18890 of 2009

Date of Decision : 10.12.2009

Gurmeet Singh and another .......... Petitioners
Versus
Punjab University, Patiala and another ...... Respondents

CORAM :
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE VINOD K. SHARMA

Present :
Mr. D.S. Patwalia, Advocate for the petitioner.

VINOD K. SHARMA, J. (ORAL)
The petitioners seek a writ of mandamus directing the respondents, to re-tabulate the written test/ result of the petitioners, for the post of Clerk on the basis of the eligibility and qualification, as prescribed by the University as attached along with the application form, by treating the pass percentage in the written test as 30% of the aggregate i.e. the entire test and not to take the it as 30% in each part of the test.

The respondent- University advertised the posts of Clerk vide Annexure P-1. The process of selection was by way of written test and interview. The criterion for recruitment was as under:-

A) For recruitment, merit will be determined on the basis of 100 marks out of which 75 marks will be for written test, 10 marks will be for experience and 15 marks will be for interview.

One hour written test of the candidate will be conducted which will be of objective type and in which the marks will be as per follows:-

A) Punjabi 15 marks
B) English 15 marks
C) Mathematics 15 marks
D) General knowledge 15 marks
E) Office practice 15 marks Total Marks 75 marks

For recruitment, written test will be held on 25.10.2009 (Sunday) and for which the information regarding time, place and other
conditions will be sent along with the roll number slip.

B) Apart from this, 10 marks will be for the experience with regard to the work being done in Government/Semi Government/Private
Institutions/ Government Aided schools and Colleges/ working in banks on salaries posts on whole time basis ( two marks for each year and maximum 10 marks). 15 marks will be for interview.

C) Regarding Tests and Interview:

For selection of the candidates for the post of Clerk and Clerk (Computer Data Entry), common test will be held. The test of Punjabi and Mathematics will be of matric level, General
Knowledge will be of graduate level and the test of English will be of 10+2 level.

For qualifying the test, candidate belonging to Scheduled caste category will have to secure 25% marks and 30% marks for the remaining category of candidates. For the written examination, one question will consist of ne mark and for wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Those candidates who will pass the written test for the post of Clerk, their Punjabi and English Computer test will be conducted in which they will have to pass the Punjabi and English speed in Computer Data Entry of speed of 6000 depressions per hour.

The petitioners were declared as unqualified.

The learned counsel for the petitioners contends that the authorities below wrongly took the criteria of 30% marks in each of the subject, though it was to be of the total marks obtained in all the subjects.

The contention of the learned counsel for the petitioners is that it was to be aggregate and not in the each individual subject.

There is no force in the contention raised by the learned counsel for the petitioners. The very purpose for giving separate marks for each subject stipulated the person was required to pass each of the subject and not in aggregate, as contended by the learned counsel for the petitioners.

The criteria adopted for filling up of posts cannot be said to be contrary to the advertisements nor the tabulation of result can be said to be against the instructions issued for holding of written test.
No merit.

Dismissed.

( VINOD K. SHARMA )
JUDGE

JASPREET SINGH Vs VICE CHANCELLOR PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND OT

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB and HARYANA, CHANDIGARH

RA No.443 of 2009 in

CWP No. 6948 of 2009

Date of Decision: December 09,2009

Jaspreet Singh ...........Petitioner
Versus
Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University Patiala and others.. ......Respondents

Coram:
Honble Mr.Justice M.M.Kumar
Honble Mrs. Justice Sabina

Present:
Mr.Vibhor Kalia,Advocate for the applicant-petitioner
Mr.Deepak Sibal, Advocate for respondents Nos. 1 to 3
Mr.Anupam Singla, Advocate for respondent No.4

M.M. Kumar, J.
The instant application seeks the review of order dated 16.9.2009 dismissing the writ petition filed by the petitioner holding that the petitioner was short of 6 marks than the pass marks of 45.

In response to the averments made in the application, a short affidavit of the Registrar, Panjabi University, Patiala has been filed
clarifying that the petitioner, initially, secured 28 marks and on his
application the paper concerning the `Law of Evidence was re-evaluated.

On re-evaluation his marks were reduced to 9. On account of wide gap between the original marks and the re-evaluated marks, the matter, according to the Registrar of the University, was referred to 3rd examiner who awarded 43 marks. The mean of 43+28 was taken as the score of the applicant-petitioner which came to 35.5 and was rounded off 36 marks.

The aforesaid score was increased to 39 marks on account of 3 grace marks given to all the students. The total score remain 39 as has already given in the order dated 16.9.2009. There is, thus, no ground to review the order.

Accordingly, review application fails. Dismissed.

( M.M.Kumar )
Judge

( Sabina )
Judge

DR BALJINDER SINGH Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY THROUGH REGISTRAR PUNJABI UNIV

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH

CWP No. 14168 of 2007

Date of decision: 02.12.2009

Dr. Baljinder Singh ....Petitioner
Versus
Punjabi University through Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala and
Another ....Respondents

CORAM:
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE VINOD K. SHARMA

Present: -
Mr. Pankaj Jain, Advocate, for the petitioner.
Mr. Kanwaljit Singh, Sr. Advocate, with
Mr. Harvinder Singh, Advocate, for respondent No. 1.
Mr. J.S. Puri, Advocate, for respondent No. 2.

VINOD K. SHARMA, J (ORAL)
The petitioner has invoked the writ jurisdiction of this Court under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, to challenge the appointment of respondent No. 2 to the post of Reader in the Department of Punjab Historical Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala.

The petitioner was also a candidate for the post of Reader in the Department of Punjab Historical Studies, Punjabi University, Patiala, wherein respondent No. 2 was selected by the selection committee.

Brief facts leading to the filing of the writ petition are, that the petitioner passed his Masters degree in History in the year 1985 securing 55.12% marks from Punjabi University, Patiala. He obtained his M.Phil degree in the year 1986 and thereafter Ph.D. degree by the Punjabi University, Patiala. The post of Reader was advertised vide Annexure P- 2 and the qualifications were mentioned as per UGC. The UGC qualifications for the post of Reader are as under: -

4.3.0 Reader Good academic record with a doctoral degree or
equivalent published work. In addition to these, candidates who join from outside the university system, shall also possess at least 55% of the marks or an equivalent grade of B in the 7 point scale with latter grades O,A,B,C,D,E and F at the Masters degree level.

Five years of experience of teaching and/or research excluding the period spent for obtaining the research degrees and has made some mark in the areas of scholarship as evidenced by quality of publications, contribution to educational innovation, design of new
courses and curricula.

The petitioner seeks a writ of quo warranto primarily on the ground that respondent No 2 did not possess five years experience in teaching and/or research as laid down in UGC guidelines, and was not qualified to be called for interview as per criteria fixed by the University, for the reason that respondent No. 2 was not having 50% marks in graduation.

The petition is opposed by the University as well as by respondent No. 2. In the written statement, a specific stand has been taken that respondent No. 2 was selected as per his qualification.

Respondent No. 2 fulfilled the criteria laid down by UGC for appointment as Reader. It is the case of the respondents that the petitioner has 61% marks in M.A. and 61.33% in graduation.

Learned counsel for the petitioner in support of his contention contended that the experience of teaching by respondent No. 2 is with Khalsa College, Amritsar, against a post which was not sanctioned, therefore, the said teaching experience cannot be counted, specially when respondent No. 2 was not paid the grade of Lecturer.

This fact is not disputed that respondent No. 2 was not given grade of Lecturer. The contention of the learned counsel for the petitioner cannot be accepted. The criteria laid down by UGC is not that of a teaching experience against a sanctioned post/in grade, but requirement is of teaching experience. The only safeguard required is, that the teaching experience should be of an institute of repute to avoid a person getting a certificate from unrecognised institution to claim eligibility. The Khalsa College, Amritsar, is well reputed College, and experience of teaching in the said College cannot be said to be, not from recognised institute so as to debar respondent No. 2 from consideration.

The second contention of the learned counsel for the petitioner, that respondent No. 2 was not eligible as he did not have 50% marks in graduation, is also meritless, as in the advertisement the only criteria for appointment laid was as per UGC regulations. The
regulations reproduced above, would show that the requirement is to have more than 55% marks in masters degree and not that of bachelors degree.

The contentions of the learned counsel for the petitioner that respondent No. 2 is holding a public office in an illegal manner, cannot be accepted, nor selection can be challenged, specially when the petitioner himself has taken a chance to compete but failed.

For the reasons stated, no ground is made out to interfere with the selection of respondent No. 2.

No merit.

Dismissed.

(Vinod K. Sharma)
Judge

DR SURINDERPAL KAURVsPUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND OTHERS CWP 19589 of 2008

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH.

DATE OF DECISION : 10.11.2009

Dr. Surinderpal Kaur ... PETITIONER
Versus
Punjabi University, Patiala and others ..... RESPONDENTS

CORAM :-
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE SATISH KUMAR MITTAL

Present:
Mr. Sanjeev Sharma, Advocate, for the petitioner.
Ms. Disha Jaiswal, Advocate, for
Mr. Deepak Sibal, Advocate, for respondents No.1 and 2.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL , J. ( Oral )
Counsel for the petitioner states that the petitioner has joined back the service, therefore, at this stage, she does not want to press this petition.

Dismissed as not pressed.

( SATISH KUMAR MITTAL )
JUDGE

PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA THROUGH ITS REGISTRARVsM-S RAJINDER KUMAR CONTRACTORS AND OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

FAO No. 1669 of 2009

Date of decision : November 09, 2009

Punjabi University Patiala through its Registrar Appellant
Versus
M/s. Rajinder Kumar Contractors and others Respondents

CORAM :
HONBLE MS. JUSTICE NIRMALJIT KAUR

Present :
Mr. Kanwaljit Singh, Sr. Advocate with
Mr. Harpreet Singh, Advocate for the appellant
Mr. Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Advocate for respondent No. 1

NIRMALJIT KAUR, J. (ORAL)
This is an appeal against the order dated 27.11.2008 vide which the Addl. District Judge did not entertain the objections filed under Section 34 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 on the ground that the Arbitrator was appointed by the High Court, therefore, the proceeding in pursuance to the award can be taken up only by the High Court.

Learned counsel for the respondent has no objection if the matter is remanded back to the trial Court for deciding the petition under Section 34 of the Act on merits.

In view of the statement made by learned counsel for the parties, the order dated 27.11.2008 is set aside and the matter is remanded back to the trial Court to decide the objections under Section 34 of the Act on merits as expeditiously as possible preferably within six months from the receipt of the order.

Disposed off accordingly.

(Nirmaljit Kaur)
Judge

NAMNEET KAURVsPUNJABI UNIVERSITY AND ANOTHER CWP 8403 of 2009 (O and M)



INDERJIT KAUR SANDHU Vs REGISTRAR PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND AND OTHER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH.

C.W.P. No. 1439 of 1991

DATE OF DECISION : 12.10.2009

Inderjit Kaur Sandhu ... PETITIONER
Versus
Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala and another ..... RESPONDENTS

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

Present:
None for the petitioner.
Mr. Sandeep Singal, Advocate, for respondent No.2.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL , J. ( Oral )
The only prayer made in this petition is for issuing direction to respondent No.1 to call the petitioner for interview for the post of a lecturer in Music.

It appears that the prayer made in this petition has become infructuous, and therefore, no one is appearing on behalf of the petitioner.

Dismissed for non-prosecution.

( SATISH KUMAR MITTAL )
JUDGE

MANMOHAN SINGHVsREGISTRAR PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND ANOTHER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH.

C.W.P. No. 4674 of 1991

DATE OF DECISION : 12.10.2009

Manmohan Singh ... PETITIONER
Versus
Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala and another .... RESPONDENTS

CORAM :-
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE SATISH KUMAR MITTAL

Present:
None for the petitioner.
Mr. Sandeep Singal, Advocate, for respondent No.2.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL , J. ( Oral )
Even on second call, no one has appeared on behalf of the petitioner.

Dismissed for non-prosecution.

( SATISH KUMAR MITTAL )
JUDGE


Ms Bhavna Chhabra versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Ms. Bhavna Chhabra,
D/o Sh.Krishan Chand Chhabra,
17-F, Model Town, 23 no. Phatak,
Patiala.
________ Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 2352 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant
ii) Sh.Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been provided by the respondent vide his letter dated 01-10-2009. Complete information has been provided except that in response to point no 4, the reason for not filling up the posts advertised in April 2003, if it has been recorded in the concerned file and is available therein, should also be communicated to the complainant .
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
8th October, 2009 Punjab

Paramjit Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Paramjit Singh,
S/o Sh. Karnail Singh,
B-42/226, Ghumaran Wali Gali,
Old Lal Bagh, Patiala- 147001. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 2273 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma,Advocate,on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The respondent has supplied complete information to the complainant vide his letter dated 17-9-2009.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
25th September, 2009 Punjab

Jashan Preet Singh Advocate versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Jashan Preet Singh, Advocate,
# 880, Sector 70,
Mohali.
________ Appellant
Vs.

1. Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjab Technical University,
Jalandhar.

2. Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondents

AC No. 551 & 552 of 2009
NOTICE OF HEARING

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant
ii) Sh.Rajinder Kumar, Clerk ,on behalf of the respondent no.1
iii)Sh. Vikrant Sharma ,Advocate , on behalf of the respondent no.2

ORDER
Heard.
These two cases are being dealt with by this single order because similar information has been asked for by the complainant from both the Public Authorities .
In these cases , the complainant has asked for attested copies of the visitor’s book/visitor’s register of the Vice Chancellor , Punjabi University, Patiala and Registrar, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar for a period of four years from 01-01-2004 to 31-12-2008 .
Learned counsel for Punjabi University states that attested copies of the visitors book of the Vice Chancellor has been sent to the complainant and he has also been informed that no formal register is maintained for visitors to the Registrar’s office.

Sh. Rajinder Kumar, clerk, appearing on behalf of the PIO/Registrar , Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar has brought the attested copies of the visitors book of the Registrar and he has been directed to send the same to the complainant. Insofar as correspondence concerning the refund of fees to Sh. Preet Kamal Minhas is concerned , it is not clear from the application of the complainant on what basis he is asking for this information pertaining to a third party with whom he has no apparent connection. It would not be necessary for the PIO,office of the Registrar Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar to send this information to the complainant.
Disposed of
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
24th September, 2009 Punjab

Jashan Preet Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Jashan Preet Singh,
Advocate,
# 880, Sector 70,
Mohali.
________ Appellant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
__________ Respondent
AC No. 553 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The information for which the complainant has applied vide his application dated 1-4-2009 has been sent to him by the respondent vide his letter dated
22-5-2009. A perusal of the letter shows that complete information has not been sent to the complainant, as he has stated in his complaint that copies of the notings pertaining to the period 14-7-2004 to 18-11-2008 have not been supplied . The respondent states that the entire noting relevant to the application of the complainant which is on the record of the University on the subject of refund of fees to Preet Kamal Singh Minhas, has been supplied to him, and no notings which could have been supplied to the complainant in response to his application for information have been withheld.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
24th September, 2009 Punjab

JASPREET SINGHVsTHE VICE-CHANCELLOR PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA A

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh

CWP No. 6948 of 2009

Date of Decision: September 16, 2009

Jaspreet Singh …Petitioner
Versus
The Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala and others …Respondents

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

Present:
Mr. Vibhor, Advocate, for the petitioner.
Mr. Deepak Sibal, Advocate, for respondent Nos. 1 to 3.
Mr. Anupam Singla, Advocate, for respondent No. 4.

1. To be referred to the Reporters or not?
2. Whether the judgment should be reported in the Digest?

M.M. KUMAR, J.
The petitioner has sought an appropriate writ for quashing Ordinance No. 6 with regard to frequency of taking of reappear examination of odd years or even years. He has also sought the benefit of Chapter XIX of the General Ordinance pertaining to award of grace marks. The relevant part of the aforesaid Ordinance is reproduced hereunder:-

CHAPTER XIX AWARD OF GRACE MARKS CWP No. 6948 of 2009

These Ordinances will apply to all the examinations unless otherwise expressly provided in the Ordinances for the examination concerned.

Grace marks to be given shall be calculated on the basis of 1% of total aggregate marks of all the written and practical papers of the examination concerned.

Marks for viva-voce/internal assessment/sessional work/skill in teaching shall not be taken into account for this purpose. If a fraction works out to half or more, it shall count as one mark and fraction less than half should
be ignored.

1. Grace marks shall be given to the best advantage of the candidate to enable him:

(i) to pass in one or more written papers or subjects, practical and/or to make up the aggregate to pass the examination but not in sessional work, internal assessment, viva-voce and skill in teaching;

(ii) to earn compartment or exemption in one or more papers or subjects in the examination or parts thereof;

(iii) to pass papers or subjects or parts of examinations in which the candidate has been allowed reappear or compartment;

(iv) to secure higher division.

Under no circumstances can a candidate claim grace marks exceeding the limit as calculated above.

2. The total number of grace marks, as admissible under the above rules, shall be given to a candidate in qualifying subjects or papers also, but not in additional or optional subjects or papers.

3. Grace marks awarded to a candidate shall be added to his score. The marks awarded in the aggregate or for awarding higher division shall be added to his score in the paper in which he secures the lowest marks.
Explanation (i) If in any examination 1% works out to 5 marks and the candidate earns exemption in certain subjects or papers without any grace marks, he shall be entitled to a maximum of 5 marks for clearing the papers in which he has got ‘reappear’ in one or more chances, as admissible under the rules.

A perusal of the Ordinance shows that grace marks to the extent of 1% of total aggregate marks of all the written and practical papers of the examination concerned could be given. However, a perusal of the explanation shows that if in any examination 1% works out to 5 marks and the candidate earns exemption in certain subjects or papers without any grace marks, he was to be entitled to maximum of 5 marks for clearing the paper to which he has got reappear in one or more chances as per the rules. Therefore, the explanation clarifies that the maximum grace marks which could be availed by a candidate cannot be more than 5.

The petitioner is a LL.B. (3 year course) student of 6th semester. He could not qualify the paper in the subject of ‘Law of Contract’ and re-appeared twice i.e. in December 2007 and December 2008. According to the declaration of result he has secured 31 marks whereas pass marks concerning every subject are 45. He also applied for re-evaluation.

In so far as the first contention of the petitioner is concerned that has already been rejected and Ordinance No. 6 has been upheld in the case of Ved Parkash Sehtiya v. Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala (C.W.P. No. 6950 of 2009, decided on 25.8.2009).

On 1.9.2009, Mr. Deepak Sibal, learned counsel for the respondent University had apprised the Court that on re-evaluation the marks of the petitioner have increased to 39. However, at the hearing today he has stated that the petitioner on re-evaluation of the paper of ‘Law of Contract’ has passed the paper and earlier statement made was not in accordance with record. It has further been stated that in the paper of ‘Law of Evidence’ the petitioner has secured 39 marks after re-evaluation as against 31 marks obtained originally. He is still short of 6 marks, as the pass marks are 45. Even if the benefit of 5 grace marks is given, he would not be able to reach the required pass marks of 45.

In view of above, the writ petition has been rendered infructuous and the same is disposed of as such. The petitioner may take the examination in respect of ‘Law of Evidence’ in accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance and other regulations of the

respondent University.

(M.M. KUMAR)
JUDGE

(JASWANT SINGH)
JUDGE

Sh Bharat Bhushan versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Bharat Bhushan,
S/o Sh. Tej Ram, Near Gaushala,
Maur Mandi, Bathinda- 151509. ________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 2140 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh. Bharat Bhushan, on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh .Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The position regarding the receipt of the migration certificate of the complainant has been explained to him in detail in the respondent’s letter dated 07-09-2009.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
10th September, 2009 Punjab

Sh Charan Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh, Charan Singh,
S/o Sh .Naurata Singh,
C/o Sh.Satnam Singh,
Pir Colony, Bahadurgarh.
Patiala. __________Complainant

Vs.
Public Information Officer,
O/o.Punjabi University ,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 2156 of 2009

Present:
None

ORDER

The complainant has sent a written communication to the Commission, stating that he has received the information required by him and that the complaint sent by him may be filed.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
10th September, 2009 Punjab

Dr Micky Verma versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Dr. Micky Verma,
D/o Sh. K.K. Verma,
20-A, Malwa Enclave,
Patiala.
________ Appellant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

AC No. 469 of 2009

Present:
i) Dr. Micky Verma, complainant in person
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
Complete information has been given by the respondent to the complainant. The complainant states that the qualification of the person who has been appointed to the post of Lecturer in Dance on ad hoc basis has not been reasonably assessed by the respondent. She has been informed however, that this issue is outside the purview of the RTI Act, 2005, and if she has any grievance in this regard, she should raise it in the appropriate court.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
3rd September, 2009 Punjab

NISHU RANI Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA and OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

Civil Writ Petition No.6221 of 2009

Decided on : 31-08-2009

Nishu Rani .... Petitioner
VERSUS
Punjabi University, Patiala and others .... Respondents

CORAM:-
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE SATISH KUMAR MITTAL.

Present:-
Mr. Anupam Singla, Advocate, for the petitioner.
Mr. Kanwal Jit Singh, Senior Advocate, with
Mr. Ajay Singla, Advocate, for respondent Nos.1 to 3.
None for respondent No.4.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL, J (Oral).
Counsel for respondent Nos.1 to 3, on instructions from the said respondents, states that the University has decided to advertise one post of Lecturer of Commerce for General Category by issuing a fresh advertisement.

In view of the above said statement made by counsel for respondent Nos.1 to 3, learned counsel for the petitioner does not want to press this petition.

Dismissed as not pressed.

(SATISH KUMAR MITTAL)
JUDGE

DR GURNEK SINGH AND OTHERS Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

C.W.P. No. 9164 of 2009

DATE OF DECISION: AUGUST 27, 2009

Dr. Gurnek Singh and others.....PETITIONERS
Versus
Punjabi University, Patiala and others....RESPONDENTS

CORAM:
HONBLE MR.JUSTICE SATISH KUMAR MITTAL

Present:
Mr.S.S. Salar, Advocate, for the petitioners.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL, J. (Oral)
Counsel for the petitioners on instructions from the petitioners states that the petitioners do not want to press this petition.

Dismissed as not pressed.

(SATISH KUMAR MITTAL)
JUDGE

VED PARKASH SEHTIYA Vs THEVICE CHANCELLOR PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AN

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH.

CWP No.6950 of 2009

Date of decision 25 .8.2009

Ved Parkash Sehtiya ... Petitioner
Versus
The Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala and others Respondents.

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

Present:
Mr. Ved Parkash Sehtiya, Petitioner in person
Mr. Deepak sibal, Advocate for respondents 1 to 3
Mr. Anupam Singla, Advocate for respondentno.4

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

M.M.KUMAR, J.
The petitioner has approached this Court with a prayer for partially declaring Ordinance 6 of Punjabi University, Patiala as ultra vires of Article 14 of the Constitution. The petitioner is a student of LL.B. three year Course and is studying at Rayat and Bahra College of Law which is affiliated to Punjabi University, Patiala. He appeared in the 5
Th semester reappear exam in December, 2008 and the result was declared on 13.4.2009.

He has obtained 32 marks in Law of Evidence whereas minimum marks for passing the examination is 45. Accordingly, he was placed in reappear in the 5 th semester in respect of 2 nd paper namely Law of Evidence (P.1). He applied for rechecking/ re-evaluation on 28.4.2009 and claimed that result of the rechecking/ re-evaluation has not been declared. In the meanwhile he requested the respondent- University to accept his reappear form along with the required fee of examination which was to be conducted in May, 2009 alongwith 6
Th semester examination which has been refused presumably on the basis of Ordinance 6. The relevant extract of Ordinance 6 reads as
under:

Ordinance no. 6.

A candidate placed under reappear in any paper, will be allowed two chances to clear the reappear, which should be availed within consecutive two years/ chances i.e. To pass in paper. The candidate will have a total of three chances one as a regular student and two as reappear candidate.

The examination and the reappear papers of odd semesters will be held with regular examination of the odd semester and reappear examination of the even semester will be held with regular examination of even examination. But if a a candidate is placed under reappear in the last semester of the course, he will be provided chance to reappear with the examination of the next semester provided his reappear of last semester does not go beyond next semester........

The petitioner appears to be aggrieved by the italic portion of the Ordinance which provides that examination and the reappear paper of odd semester are be held with regular examination of the odd semester and reappear examination of the even semester were to held with regular examination of even examination. The Ordinance further clarifies that if a candidate is placed in reappear in the last semester of the course he would be provided a chance to reappear with the examination of the next semester provided his reappear of last semester does not go beyond next semester.

According to the petitioner if a candidate has to reappear in a paper in respect of 6 th semester then he can give the examination in the very next semester whereas a candidate who is placed in reappear in the 5 th semester to take the next examination only after one year.

Having heard the petitioner and learned counsel for the respondents we are of the view that the candidate of 6 th semester who is on the verge of completion of his course is treated differently than the one who is in 5 th semester. Both these type of candidates could take the examination by availing the chance to clear their reappear paper. The candidate who has to reappear in respect of 6 th semester re-appear paper could appear alongwith the other candidates in the next semester which would permit a reappear candidate of even semester to appear in the examination of odd semester. The petitioner who is placed in reappear in respect of 5 th semester examination could appear only in odd semester. Only equals could be treated equally.

There is thus general principle for re-appear candidates namely those who have re-appear in odd they would appear for re-appear with the regular candidates of odd semester and even semester with that of even. An exception has been carved out for 6 th semester candidate because he has to complete beyond the period of three years. The object of the exception is to allow him to appear at the earliest.The students who are yet to complete three year course have been treated differently. A candidate of 6 th semester is left with no classes, no study and no examination except to clear reappear examination. The Ordinance comes to the aid of such a student so that he may complete his course at the earliest. Likewise a candidate having reappear in the 5 th semester is to be treated differently. He
is required to take his 6 th semester examination study and complete
lecturers. Moreover the courts are always slow in interfering in the matters concerning students education and the decision of the University.

Therefore, we find no element of legal infirmity violating the mandate of Article 14 of the Constitution. constitutional infirmity violative of article 14 of the constitution because Therefore, it cannot be concluded that the Ordinance is arbitrary and suffer from the vice of any constitutional legal infirmity. The writ petition is wholly mis-conceived and the same is accordingly dismissed.

(M.M.Kumar)
Judge

(Jaswant Singh)
Judge

Shri Balbir Rai Verma versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, 1st Floor Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Shri Balbir Rai Verma s/o Sh. Balwant Rai,
#61, Urban Estate, Phase-1, Dugri, Ludhiana. __________ Complainant

Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala. _______________ Respondent

CC No. 1224 of 2009

Subject:-
Shri Balbir Rai Verma complainant in person.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER

Correct position has been explained by the university authorities to the complainant vide their letter dated 13.8.2009 through speed post, which was confirmed by the complainant.

2. In view of the detailed reply, case stands disposed of.

(R.K. Gupta)
State Information Commissioner.
Dated: 21.8.2009

DR MICKY VERMA Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

C.W.P. No.12706 of 2009

DATE OF DECISION: AUGUST 20, 2009

Dr.Micky Verma .....PETITIONER
Versus
Punjabi University, Patiala and others ....RESPONDENTS

CORAM:
HONBLE MR.JUSTICE SATISH KUMAR MITTAL

Present:
Mr.Sanjeev Sharma, Advocate, for the petitioner.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL, J. (Oral)
Counsel for the petitioner states that at this stage the petitioner may be permitted to withdraw this petition with liberty to file a fresh one
with better particulars after getting information under the Right to
Information Act, 2005 (hereinafter referred to as `the RTI Act). In this
regard, counsel states that when vague and evasive reply was given under the RTI Act, the petitioner filed an appeal against the said order before the Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab, Chandigarh, on 13.7.2009 and the said appeal is still pending.

Dismissed as withdrawn with the aforesaid liberty.

The Chief Information Commissioner, Punjab, Chandigarh is directed to decide the appeal filed by the petitioner against the reply dated 22.6.2009, expeditiously, preferably within a period of two months.

(SATISH KUMAR MITTAL)
JUDGE

Sh Amrinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Amrinder Singh,
# 1442/5, Adarsh Colony,
Behind Thapar College, Near Abowal Road,
PO Sidhwal, Patiala.
________ Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. __________ Respondent
CC No. 1736 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh. Amrinder Singh, complainant in person.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been given to him by the respondent vide his letter dated 3-8-2009. The information which has been supplied has been discussed at length in the presence of the parties and it emerges that full information has been given to the complainant except that against sr. no. 3, the respondent is unable to state that whether any concession in the minimum percentage required for recruitment of handicapped persons as a lecturer is available in the case of a graduate degree. The respondent has made a commitment that this information will also be supplied to the complainant within seven days from today.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
7th August, 2009 Punjab

GURPREERT SINGH LEHAL Vs S S KHERA REGISTRAR PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA

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

COCP No. 2064 of 2008

Date of decision: July 28, 2009

Gurpreet Singh Lehal ..Petitioner.
Versus
S.S.Khera, Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala ..Respondents

Coram:
Hon ble Mr. Justice Rakesh Kumar Garg

Present:
Mr. Tribhuvan Singla, Advocate for the petitioners
Mr. Kanwaljit Singh, Sr. Advocate with
Mr. Ajay Singla, Advocate for the respondents

Rakesh Kumar Garg,J(Oral)
C.M.No. 25848-CII of 2008
C.M.is allowed as prayed.

COCP No. 2064 of 2008
The grievance of the petitioner in this case is that vide judgment dated 16.7.2008 passed in CWP No. 10680 of 2007, respondent No.1, i.e., Punjabi University, Patiala was directed to regularize and confirm the appointment of the petitioner as Professor in Computer Science and Engineering Department of Punjabi University and despite the aforesaid direction given by this Court, the respondent has failed to comply with the aforesaid direction.

In reply to the show cause notice issued by this Court an affidavit of S.S. Khera, Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala has been filed. Along with this affidavit, letter dated 19.12.2008 (Annexure R-1) has been placed on record.

Vide this letter, respondent University has informed the petitioner that his appointment as Professor which was confirmed by the University Syndicate in its meeting held on 11.3.2006 still exists and his appointment is confirmed and even his salary was also being paid.

In view of the aforesaid stand taken by the University, I am not inclined to proceed further in this matter.

Rule discharged.

(RAKESH KUMAR GARG)
JUDGE

BAKHSHISH SINGH Vs STATE OF PUNJAB



Balbir Rai Verma versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, 1st Floor Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Shri Balbir Rai Verma s/o Sh. Balwant Rai,
#61, Urban Estate, Phase-1, Dugri, Ludhiana. __________ Complainant

Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 1224 of 2009

Subject:- Shri Balbir Rai Verma complainant in person.

Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER

Shri Balbir Rai Verma, complainant has supplied the roll number, serial number and name of the candidate to the respondent-department. Respondent-department should confirm if the roll number etc. belongs to the same candidate as mentioned in the original application sent by Shri Verma. During the discussion, it was pointed out by the complainant that correct name of the candidate is Shri Gurmit Singh Brar son of Shri Teja Singh whereas respondent-department has referred as Shri Gurmail Singh. Candidate’s name should be read as Shri Gurmit Singh instead of Shri Gurmail Singh. After checking the record, the respondent-department may certify if the details given by complainant are correct or not so that further action can be taken for redressal of his grievance, if any.

2. Case stands adjourned to 21.8.2009.

(R.K. Gupta)
State Information Commissioner.
Dated: 10.7.2009

Shri Rajeev Anand versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, 1st Floor Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Shri Rajeev Anand s/o Shri S.K. Anand,
H. No.2378, Sector 35-C, Chandigarh. __________ Appellant.

Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala. __________ Respondent

AC No. 200 of 2009

Present:- None on behalf of the appellant.

Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER

In the order dated 18.5.2009, instructions were issued that the appellant can go through the information supplied to him by the respondent-department and if there is any deficiency, he should point out within 10 days to the respondent-department. According to Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate nothing has been heard from the appellant about the deficiency. He agreed that he will get a copy of Fax from the respondent-department to corroborate the above statement and place it on record within three days. Case stands disposed of subject to production of that statement from the respondent-department.

(R.K. Gupta)
State Information Commissioner.
Dated: 10.7.2009

SHRIKANT SHARMA Vs VICE CHANCELLOR PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND O

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh.

CWP No.4877 of 2009

Date of decision: 10.07.2009

Shrikant Sharma ... Petitioner
Versus
Vice Chanderllor, Punjabi University, Patiala, and others ... Respondents

CORAM:
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE PERMOD KOHLI

Present:
None for the petitioner.
Mr. Anupam Singla, Advocate.

PERMOD KOHLI, J. (Oral):
On the last date of hearing, the petitioner remained absent.

Today also, none is present on his behalf. The case was called before and after lunch. It appears that the petitioner is not interested to prosecute this writ petition.

Apart from the above, learned counsel for the respondent has stated that re-checking of the paper was allowed and the petitioner is satisfied. He has signed a document in this regard.

Dismissed for default of appearance and non-prosecution.

(PERMOD KOHLI)
JUDGE

MANOJ SHARMA Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND ANOTHER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH.

C.W.P. No. 9761 of 2009

DATE OF DECISION : 07.07.2009

Manoj Sharma .... PETITIONER
Versus
Punjabi University, Patiala and another ..... RESPONDENTS

CORAM :-
HONBLE MR. JUSTICE SATISH KUMAR MITTAL

Present:
Mr. Rajeev Anand, Advocate, for the petitioner.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL , J. ( Oral )
The petitioner has filed the instant petition challenging the appointment of respondent No.2 as Manager (University Press) made by Punjabi University, Patiala.

It is the case of the petitioner that he is having three year Diploma in Printing and Technology and is also having the work experience of administration and management of a large scale printing press, as he was
working as a Senior Officer with the Hindustan Times. It is further case of the petitioner that in the impugned selection, respondent No.2 was illegally selected by ignoring the vast experience of the petitioner in the field. The further case of the petitioner is that respondent No.2 is more than 53 years of age and the petitioner being younger to him having more experience has been illegally ignored.

It is the conceded position that respondent No.2 possesses the requisite qualifications as per the advertisement. However, it is stated that he should not have been taken to have the requisite administrative experience of at least five years in management and administration of a large Printing Press with allied branches. According to learned counsel for the petitioner, respondent No.2 was working as a Foreman and the experience of a Foreman should not be taken as an administrative experience. This contention of learned counsel for the petitioner can not be accepted. In my opinion, a Foreman is required to manage the working of the entire Printing Press. Therefore, his experience as a Foreman is a good experience in the administrative capacity. Regarding the contention that the petitioner is more meritorious and is having more experience, I am of the opinion that the selection of a candidate cannot be set aside on such a ground. In the instant case, the Interview Committee found respondent No.2 more meritorious and suitable candidate. The jurisdiction of the Interview Committee in this regard cannot be questioned in the writ jurisdiction, until and unless some bias or malafide has been shown, which is not the case of the petitioner.

Thus, I do not find any merit in this petition and the same is, hereby, dismissed.

( SATISH KUMAR MITTAL )
JUDGE

TARANBIR SINGH AND OTHERS Vs THE PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

C.W.P. No.9564 of 2009

DATE OF DECISION: JULY 03, 2009

Taranbir Singh and others………..PETITIONERS
Versus
The Punjabi University, Patiala ....RESPONDENT

CORAM:
HON BLE MR.JUSTICE SATISH KUMAR MITTAL

Present:
Mr.R.K. Chopra,Sr. Advocate, with Mr.Gurinderjit Singh, Advocate, for the petitioners.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL, J. (Oral)
Learned counsel for the petitioners wants to withdraw this petition with liberty to file fresh petition by the petitioners category wise.

Dismissed as withdrawn with the aforesaid liberty.

(SATISH KUMAR MITTAL)
JUDGE

Dr SS Bir versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. S.S. Bir, S/o S. Joginder Singh,
R/o Manauli House,
33 - Yadvindra Colony,
The Mall, Patiala-147001. …..Complainant

Vs

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ……Respondent

CC No. 646 of 2009
ORDER
Present:
Dr. S. S. Bir, Complainant, in person.
Mr. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, for the Respondent.
----
The requisite information has been given to the satisfaction of the Complainant.
The case is, thus, disposed of and closed.
Announced in the hearing.
Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Chandigarh, (P. P. S. Gill)
Dated, June 10, 2009. State Information Commissioner.

Ms Rashida Zaidi versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, 1st Floor Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Ms. Rashida Zaidi, Near Old Municipal Committee Office,
Malerkotla, Distt. Sangrur. __________ Complainant

Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 701 of 2009


Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER

Today, this case was fixed for confirmation; nothing contrary has been heard from the complainant. Case stands disposed of accordingly.


(R.K. Gupta)
State Information Commissioner.
Dated: 5.6.2009

Sh Suresh Kumar Vij versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Suresh Kumar Vij,
H. No. 75, Professor Colony,
Opposite Punjabi University,
Patiala ' 147002. __________Complainant
Vs.
Public Information Officer,
O/o Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 556 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of complainant.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent

ORDER
Heard.
The remaining information has been provided by the respondent to the complainant in compliance with the Court’s orders dated 08.05.2009.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
5th June, 2009 Punjab

Sital Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. Sital Kumar,
S/o Tirath Dass,
H.No. B-111/263,
Back Side Visit Hotel,
Barnala.
…………………………….Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o Registrar Punjabi University,
Patiala.
……………………………..Respondent

CC No. 3142 of 2008

Present:
(i) Mr. Harish Goyal, Advocate on behalf of the Complainant
(ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent

ORDER

Heard

2. Complainant states that he has received the requisite information his complaint may be considered as withdrawn. No further action is required.

3. Disposed of. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.
Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 22nd May, 2009

Sh Kulvinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Kulvinder Singh,
S/o Sh. Malik Singh,
Rajpal’s Heritage, 10, Malwa Colony,
Behind New Moti Bagh Palace,
Patiala.
__________Appellant
Vs.
Public Information Officer,
O/o Punjabi University,
Patiala.
__________ Respondent

AC No. 67 & 68 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh. M.L. Puri, Advocate, on behalf of the appellant
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
Arguing his case that the information for which he has applied cannot be denied to him even if it is exempted from disclosure under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, because it is covered by the proviso to the said section, which states that information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislative Assembly shall not be denied to any person, Ld. counsel for the complainant has submitted copies of Rules 41 and 42 of “the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha”, and Rules 39 and 40 of “the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha”, to the Court. He states that these rules describe the kind of information which a member can ask for on the floor of the House in order to obtain information and the information for which he has applied fulfills the criteria laid down in these Rules for the admissibility of a question put by a member. The respondent on the other hand points out that rule 39(1) concerning the Punjab Legislative Assembly states that a question put by a member shall be admissibly only if it relates to the public affairs with which the Minister to whom it is addressed, is officially connected, or to a matter of administration for which he is officially responsible. He has also drawn the Court’s attention to Rule 39(18), which states that a member “shall not ask for information on trivial matters”. Ld. counsel argues that the information required by the complainant has no relationship with public affairs and the details of a salary certificate given by the respondent in connection with his loan case, of the details of a charge sheet issued to a University employee, must be regarded as trivial.

The complainant is also unable to show to the court in what manner any public interest would be served if he is provided the third party information for which he has applied. When asked about the complainant’s relationship with Sh. Sukhdev Singh, Sr. Assistant, Punjabi University, he states that Sh. Sukhdev Singh’s wife issued a cheque in favour of the complainant, which was not honored by the Bank, and the applications for information have therefore obviously arisen due to a state of hostility between the complainant and Sh. Sukhdev Singh, which cannot in any manner be described to be a matter of public interest.

Ld. counsel for the respondent has also brought to the notice of the Court a judgment of the Chief Information Commissioner, State Information Commission, Haryana in case No. 1220 of 2007 decided on 12.07.2007, in which the learned CIC has dealt with the scope and applicability of the proviso of Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act : -

“The applicant has also argued that there is a proviso to section 8(1)(j) which says that information which cannot be denied to Parliament or the State Legislature shall not be denied to any person…………… The point raised by the appellant is purely hypothetical. Information sought by an individual member of Parliament or the State Legislature is furnished by the appropriate Govt. and in many cases information is denied on the grounds that it will not be in public interest to disclose the information. In some cases information is also denied on the grounds that the labour and time involved in collecting the information is not commensurate with the benefit likely to accrue by providing the information. The right to obtain information of the members of Parliament or the State Legislature is not absolute and depends on the nature of information sought and the view taken by the appropriate Govt. It is finally left to the Presiding Officer of the House to decide about the need to provide the information. The respondent department therefore is not expected to give any finding whether such an information can be denied to Parliament or the State legislature. There can be valid grounds for denying such an information to a member of Parliament or State Legislature on the very ground of invasion of privacy under section 8(1)(j) and on further grounds that no larger public interest will be served by disclosing this information. The question at this stage is therefore purely hypothetical and does not change the situation in the present case.”
After hearing the arguments of both ld. counsels of the complainant and the respondent, I do not agree with the contention of the ld. counsel for the complainant that the information for which he has asked must be provided to him because of the proviso to section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, and I uphold the exemption which has been claimed by the respondent from disclosing the information in both these cases under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
21st May, 2009 Punjab

Shri Rajeev Anand versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, 1st Floor Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Shri Rajeev Anand s/o Shri S.K. Anand,
H. No.2378, Sector 35-C, Chandigarh. __________ Appellant.

Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
o/o the Punjabi University, Patiala. __________ Respondent

AC No. 200 of 2009

Present:-
None on behalf of the appellant.

Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER

Appellant is not present. On behalf of the appellant, Shri Manoj Sharma has come but without any authority letter. Information has been provided by the respondent-department. Appellant can go through the same and if there is any deficiency, the appellant should write to the PIO of the respondent-department in writing within 10 from today so that before the next date of hearing, deficiencies can be removed.

2. Case stands adjourned to 10.7.2009.



( R. K. Gupta)
May 18, 2009. State Information Commissioner.

Ms Rashida Zaidi versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, 1st Floor Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Ms. Rashida Zaidi, Near Old Municipal Committee Office,
Malerkotla, Distt. Sangrur. __________ Complainant
Vs.
The Public Information Officer,
o/o Punjabi University, Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 701 of 2009

Present:-
None on behalf of the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent-department.

ORDER

Shri Vikrant Sharma states that position has been explained and necessary documents including the inquiry report submitted by a Committee set up by the Vice Chancellor of the respondent-department has also been sent to the complainant.

2. Case stands adjourned to 5.6.2009 for confirmation.

(R.K. Gupta)
State Information Commissioner.
Dated: 8.5.2009

Sh Suresh Kumar Vij versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Suresh Kumar Vij,
H. No. 75, Professor Colony,
Opposite Punjabi University,
Patiala ' 147002. __________Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 556 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of complainant.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent

ORDER
Heard.
The orders of the Court dated 27.03.2009 have been complied with and the respondent has removed the objections raised by the complainant to the information provided to him vide his letters dated 4-5-2009 and 6-5-2009. The respondent has also confirmed that these have been delivered to the complainant.
The complainant is not present. Apparently, he is satisfied.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
8th May, 2009 Punjab

After the hearing of the case was over, the complainant, Sri Suresh Kumar Vij, appeared in the Court and has pointed out that the information which has been supplied to him is still deficient in the following respects: -
Para No. 5 (of the application for information dated 08.01.2009). Vide this paragraph, the complainant has asked for the orders of the Registrar and Vice Chancellor vide which it was directed that his case for pay protection be put up as an additional item in the meeting of the Finance Committee of the University and if the case was not put up before the Finance Committee, the reasons for the same. In his reply, the respondent has informed the complainant that his case for pay protection was considered by the Finance Committee and after consideration, it was decided not to take any action on the same. This recommendation of the committee was approved by the competent authority and a copy of the record of the discussion between the Registrar and the Finance Committee officials with the Vice-chancellor, stating that no action may be taken on the items put up in the meeting of the Finance Committee, has been given to the complainant, but the orders of the Registrar and the Vice Chancellor vide which it was directed that the complainant’s case be put up in the Finance Committee of the University has not been provided.

Para No. 7 The complainant states that the details of the action taken and the documents in respect of the pay protection case of Sh. Harbans Singh has not been supplied to him. This is third party information, but the complainant states that he requires it in order to compare the action taken by the University in the case of Sh. Harbans Singh and action taken in his own case of pay protection, so that he may show that the University has discriminated against him. The plea of the complainant is accepted and if there are any other documents related to the pay protection case of Sh. Harbans Singh, copies of the same should be supplied to the complainant. Further the information which has been supplied contains photostat copies of the proceedings of the Syndicate in which copies of pages No. 62, 64 and 65 have been given, but a copy of page No. 63 has not been given. A copy of this page as well is required to be given to the complainant.

Para No. 7A Clarifying the information wanted by him and restricting it to what is required, the complainant states that he wants the orders issued by the University vide which the pay which was initially sanctioned to Sh Harbans Singh, Technical Assistant, Dr. R.K. Bawa (not R.S), Computer Science Department, and Sh. Manjit Singh, Field Investigator, was revised.
The respondent is directed to remove the grievances mentioned by the complainant in the foregoing paragraphs and send a reply to him before the next date of hearing.
Adjourned to 10.00 AM on 05.06.2009 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
8th May, 2009 Punjab

NEENA RANI Vs THE PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND ANOTHER

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

DATE OF DECISION: MAY 06, 2009

Neena Rani ....PETITIONER
Versus
The Punjabi University, Patiala and another ...RESPONDENTS

CORAM:
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE SATISH KUMAR MITTAL

Present:
Mr.R.K. Chopra,Sr. Advocate, with Ms.Maninder, Advocate, for the petitioner.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL, J. (Oral)
Since three months' contract period of teaching has already expired, learned counsel for the petitioner states that at this stage the petitioner does not want to press this petition.

Dismissed as not pressed at this stage.

However, it will be open for the petitioner to approach this Court if in her place some other teacher/lecturer on contract or ad hoc basis is appointed.

(SATISH KUMAR MITTAL)
JUDGE

Shri Bhushan Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, SECTOR-17-C,CHANDIGARH.
(www.infocommpunjab.com)
Shri Bhushan Kumar,
R/o 14/6, Third Floor,
West Patel Nagar, New Delhi. Appellant
Vs
Public Information Officer,
O/o Dean Academics,
Punjabi University, Patiala. Respondent
AC - 45 /2009

Present:
None is present on behalf of the Appellant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate , on behalf of the Respondent.

ORDER

1. The case was last heard on 26. 03 .2009, when the PIO was directed to supply the remaining information as per the demand of the Appellant dated 20.06.2008.
2. Shri Vikrant Sharma, on behalf of the Respondent, states that the information, running into 352(Three hundred fifty two) sheets, relating to the year 2007 and 2008 was sent to the Appellant by Speed Post vide letter No. 830/RTI Cell, dated 08.04.2009, which was received back with the remarks of the Postal Authorities that “ pko pko ikB/ go skbk pzd fwbsk j? “ The Respondent further states that the same information was again sent to the Appellant by Speed Post on 22.04.2009, which has not been received back. He pleads that since the information has been supplied, the case may be; disposed of.
3. The Respondent intimates the Commission that the Web Site of the University has been updated with the amendment that in future payment through Indian Postal Order will be accepted.
4. Since the information stands provided, the case is disposed of.
5. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.

Sd/-
Place: Chandigarh. Surinder Singh
Dated: 30. 04. 2009 State Information Commissioner

DC Gupta versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. D.C. Gupta,
# 778, Urban Estate,
Phase-I, Patiala.
__________Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
__________ Respondent

CC No. 440 of 2009

ORDER
This case was heard on 17.04.2009 and judgment was reserved regarding the delay which has been caused by the respondent.
The explanation of the respondent regarding the delay was received on 20.04.2009. It appears that the delay has been caused by some inadvertent and bonafide errors of the office of the PIO caused by the work load.

On consideration of the respondent’s reply, I am satisfied that the delay which has been caused is not malafide or deliberate and therefore action for the imposition of penalties prescribed in Section 20 of the RTI Act is not called for.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
22th April, 2009 Punjab

SURINDER SINGH BHATIA Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURTOF PUNJAB AND HARYANA, CHANDIGARH.

CWP No. 6035 of 2009.

Date of decision: 22.4.2009

Surinder Singh Bhatia ....Petitioner.
vs.
Punjabi University,Patiala, and others.....Respondents

CORAM:
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE J.S.KHEHAR.
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE UMA NATH SINGH.

Present:
Mr.H.C.Arora, Advocate, for the petitioner.

J.S.KHEHAR,J. (Oral)
Respondent No.3 was appointed Director, Physical Education and Sports,Punjabi University, Patiala. On the basis of the fact, that respondent No.3 did not fulfill the qualifications prescribed for the post of Director, Physical Education and Sports, the selection of respondent No.3 became a subject matter of re-consideration at the hands of Punjabi University, Patiala. In fact, a re-examination of the matter at the hands of a
committee constituted for the said purpose it was held, that Raj Kumar Sharma-respondent No.3 should be relieved from the post of Director, Physical Education and Sports, Punjabi University, Patiala immediately.

This decision has since been adopted, inasmuch as, the aforestated post has also been re-advertised on 8.2.2009 (applications whereof, were sought so as to reach the Deputy Registrar(Establishment) of the Punjabi University, Patiala by 2.3.2009).

The vehement contention of the learned counsel for the petitioner is, that the certificates in possession of respondent No.3 are bogus, and that he should not be permitted to continue against the post of Director, Physical Education and Sports for a single day, and even till a fresh candidate is selected in furtherance of the dvertisement dated 8.2.2009.

We have considered the submission advanced by the learned counsel for the petitioner. The annexures appended to the instant writ petition reveal, that the selection of respondent No.3 came to be annulled on account of the fact, that he did not fulfill the experience stipulated in the advertisement (in furtherance whereof, he had been selected and appointed as Director, Physical Education and Sports, Punjabi University, Patiala).

Neither was any other allegation (as has been pointed by the learned counsel for the petitioner) probed or proved against the petitioner. Thus viewed, it is not possible for us to accept the submission of the learned counsel for the petitioner that respondent No.3 should not be permitted to hold the post in the interregnum while the process of selection and appointment to the post of Director, Physical and Education, is being finalised at the hands of the Punjabi University, Patiala.

In the peculiar circumstances, noticed hereinaboive,while disposing of the instant petition, we consider it just and appropriate to direct the Punjabi University,Patiala, to ensure the finalisation of the selection process in furtherance of the advertisement dated 8.2.2009 at the earliest, so that a duly selected candidate can man the post of Director,
Physical Education and Sports, Punjabi University, Patiala. For implementation of the instant direction, liberty is granted to the petitioner to provide a certified copy of this order to the Registrar of the Punjabi University, Patiala.

Disposed of in the aforestated terms.

( J.S.Khehar)
Judge

(Uma Nath Singh )
Judge

Sh DC Gupta versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. D.C. Gupta,
# 778, Urban Estate,
Phase-I, Patiala.
__________Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
__________ Respondent

CC No. 440 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh. D.C. Gupta, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been brought to the Court by the respondent and handed over to him.
The complainant submits that considerable delay has been caused by the respondent in giving the information and he should be penalized for the same. Before any action in this regard is taken, the respondent is given an opportunity to explain the reasons for the delay which has taken place. A decision will be taken in the matter after consideration of the respondent’s explanation.
Judgment reserved.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
17th April, 2009 Punjab

Sh Didar Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Didar Singh,
s/o Sh. Prem Singh,
VPO ' Mullepur, Distt. Fatehgarh Sahib,
Via ' Patiala.
__________Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Punjabi University,
Patiala.

__________ Respondent

CC No. 541 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER
Heard.

The information required by the complainant has been given to him by he respondent vide his letter dated 18-3-2009.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
13th April, 2009 Punjab

Sh Rajiv Lohatbaddi versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Rajiv Lohatbaddi,
s/o Sh. Baru Ram,
# 455, Adarsh Colony,
Bhadson Road, Patiala.
__________Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala.
__________ Respondent

AC No. 124 of 2009

Present:
i) None on behalf of appellant.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER
Heard.
The information required by the appellant has been given to him by the respondent vide his letter No. 587 dated 13.03.2009.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
9th April, 2009 Punjab

Sh Kulvinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Kulvinder Singh,
S/o Sh. Malik Singh,
Rajpal’s Heritage, 10, Malwa Colony,
Behind New Moti Bagh Palace,
Patiala.
__________Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Punjabi University,
Patiala.
__________ Respondent

AC No. 67 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh. Kulvinder Singh, complainant in person and Sri M.L. Puri, Advocate.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER
Heard.
The respondent has correctly informed the complainant that the information asked for by him relates to a third party and is exempted from disclosure under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. The complainant, however, states that the proviso of Section 8(1)(j) states that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person. Ld. counsel for the complainant seeks time to show to the court that the information which was applied for cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature. Ld. counsel for the respondent also seeks time to respond to the complainant’s arguments on merits.
Adjourned to 10.00 AM on 07.05.2009 for further consideration and arguments.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
2nd April, 2009 Punjab

Sh Kulvinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Kulvinder Singh,
S/o Sh. Malik Singh,
Rajpal’s Heritage, 10, Malwa Colony,
Behind New Moti Bagh Palace,
Patiala.
__________Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Punjabi University,
Patiala.
__________ Respondent

AC No. 68 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh. Kulvinder Singh, complainant in person and Sri M.L. Puri,Advocate.
ii)Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER
Heard.
The respondent has correctly informed the complainant that the information asked for by him relates to a third party and is exempted from disclosure under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. The complainant, however, states that the proviso of Section 8(1)(j) states that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person. Ld. counsel for the complainant seeks time to show to the court that the information which was applied for cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature. Ld. counsel for the respondent also seeks time to respond to the complainant’s arguments on merits.
Adjourned to 10.00 AM on 07.05.2009 for further consideration and arguments.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
2nd April, 2009 Punjab

KRISHAN GOPAL AND ANOTHER Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

C.W.P. No.4786 of 2009

DATE OF DECISION: MARCH 30, 2009

Krishan Gopal and another .....PETITIONERS
Versus
Punjabi University, Patiala and others ....RESPONDENTS

CORAM:
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE SATISH KUMAR MITTAL

Present:
Mr.Pankaj Jain, Advocate, for the petitioners.

SATISH KUMAR MITTAL, J. (Oral)
After arguing for some time, counsel for the petitioners states that the petitioners may be permitted to withdraw this petition with liberty to file a fresh one with better particulars.

Dismissed as withdrawn with the aforesaid liberty.

(SATISH KUMAR MITTAL)
JUDGE

Suresh Kumar Vij versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.



Sh. Suresh Kumar Vij,
H. No. 75, Professor Colony,
Opposite Punjabi University,
Patiala-147002. -Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Punjabi University,
Patiala. -Respondent

CC No. 556 of 2009

Present: i) Sh. Suresh Kumar Vij , complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent

ORDER
Heard.
The respondent states that he has provided the information asked for by the complainant in his application dated 08.01.2009 vide his letter dated 25.03.2009. The complainant has brought a list of alleged deficiencies in the information provided to him, a copy of which has been given to the respondent. He may consider these and give a suitable response to the complainant, including any additional information, if it is required to be given, before the next date of hearing.
Adjourned to 10.00 AM on 08.05.2009 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab

Suresh Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala



Shri Bhushan Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Shri Bhushan Kumar,
R/o 14/6, Third Floor,
West Patel Nagar, New Delhi. Apppellant

Vs

Public Information Officer,
O/o Dean Academics,
Punjabi University, Patiala. Respondent
AC - 45 /2009

Present: None is present on behalf of the Appellant.
Shri Rakesh Kumar, Superintendent, RTI Cell and Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate , on behalf of the Respondent.

ORDER

1. A fax message has been received from the Appellant on 25.3.2009 vide which he has requested that he may be exempted from personal appearance on 26.3.2009 and has submitted 13 observations, a photo copy of which is handed over to the Respondent. The Appellant has brought to the notice of the Commission through this fax message that the PIO is asking for information charges even after 90 days of the submission of application for seeking information.
2. The Counsel for the Respondent states that information running into two sheets had been supplied to the Appellant vide letter No. 1155, dated 10.6.2008. He further states that the Appellant submitted observations on the information supplied to him and renewed his demand for information vide letter dated 20.6.2008, addressed to Appellate Authority-cum-Vice Chancellor Punjabi University Patiala. The Counsel assures the Commission that a list of students will be supplied to the Appellant as per his demand at Sr. No. 7 of his letter dated 20.6.2008 within 15 days and pleads that the case may be disposed of.

3. The PIO is accordingly directed to supply the information to the Appellant as per his demand contained in his letter dated 20.6.2008.

4. The case is fixed for confirmation of compliance of orders on 30.04. 2009.

5. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.


Sd/-
Place: Chandigarh. Surinder Singh
Dated: 26. 03. 2009 State Information Commissioner

Sital Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. Sital Kumar,
S/o Tirath Dass,
H.No. B-111/263,
Back Side Visit Hotel,
Barnala.
…………………………….Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o Registrar Punjabi University,
Patiala.

……………………………..Respondent

CC No. 3142 of 2008

Present:
(i) Sh. Harish Goyal, Advocate on behalf of the Complainant
(ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent
ORDER

Heard

2. Sh. Harish Goyal, counsel appearing on behalf of the Complainant states that he had sought information, vide his letter dated 10.11.2008, from PIO O/o Punjabi University, Patiala about Sh. Raj Kumar who had passed 3 year law degree in September 1992. He further states that the Respondent, vide his letter dated 18.12.2008, declined to disclose the information on the ground that it was third party. Complainant states that information sought is in public interest. He further states that as per information received from service record of Sh. Raj Kumar, it is found that he had joined as pharmacist with Civil Surgeon, Kapurthala vide order dated 19.02.1990. Sh. Raj Kumar did his law degree from Punjabi University, Patiala from 1989-1992. He has also drawn his salary for this period without any study leave. Thus, he has committed a fraud either with the university or with the health department.

3. In the facts and circumstances of this case, I am of the view that before taking any further action in the matter, it would be appropriate that an opportunity of hearing is granted to Sh. Raj Kumar, pharmacist, to show as to why information relating to him be not disclosed by the PIO O/o Punjabi University, Patiala. He will present himself before the Commission on 22.05.2009 or may send his written submission to the Commission for consideration.

3. Adjourned to 22.05.2009 (11.00 AM) for further proceedings. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.
Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 24th March, 2009

CC:- Sh. Raj Kumar, S/o Sh. Mangat Rai, B-3/240, Near Old Surjeet Singh Barnala Wali Kothi, Barnala

HC Arora Advocate versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. H.C. Arora, Advocate,
S/o Late Shri Sunder Dass,
H.No. 2299, Sector44-C,
Chandigarh
…………………………….Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o. Punjabi University,
Patiala
………………………………..Respondent

AC No. 469 of 2008

Present:
(i) Sh. H.C.Arora, the Appellant.
(ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent

ORDER

Heard

2. On the last date of hearing i.e. 05.02.09, it was directed that the Appellant shall submit in writing his response to the stand taken by the Respondent vide his communication dated 29.01.09. The Appellant has accordingly filed his response.

3. Having heard the oral submissions made by the parties today and on perusal of the contents of the letter dated 29.01.09 and the Appellant’s response dated 14.02.09, I am of the view that no further action in this matter is called for. In so far as the information demanded by the Appellant is concerned, it now stands supplied without hiding/blackening of any portions thereof. The only question to be considered is whether in the facts and the circumstances of the case, the earlier supply of information (with certain portions hidden/blackened) by the PIO renders him liable for action under Section 20 RTI Act 2005.

4. The case of the Respondent, PIO is that the reason for hiding/blackening certain portions of the documents supplied to the Appellant earlier was that it was bona fide believed that the portions so blackened contained information of personal nature having no connection with any public activity or interest and thus was exempt from disclosure. In the written response, the Appellant submits that addresses and telephone numbers of the various employees cannot be treated as personal information so as to attract the exemption u/s 8 (1) (j). The determination of the question whether the information contained in the blackened portions of the documents in question qualifies as information of personal nature having no relationship with any public activity or interest, is surely not free from difficulty. In the instant case, however, I am not proceeding to adjudicate upon the correctness of the plea taken by the Respondent that the information in question was exempt from disclosure as the said information stands already supplied. Even assuming that the information blackened out was not exempt from disclosure, the question still remains is whether the PIO can be said to have, without any reasonable cause, not furnished the complete information. Provision of Section 20 RTI Act 2005 is of penal nature. I am, therefore, of the view that before a PIO can be penalized under this provision for refusal/failure to perform the duty enjoined upon him, it should be so blatant /reckless that no reasonable person would believe that the failure/refusal on the part of the PIO was the result of a bona fide mistake of fact or legal position. The instant case is not one of those cases in which the PIO can be held guilty of willful/deliberate refusal/failure to perform his duties.

5. In view of the foregoing, I do not find it a fit case for imposing any penalty on the Respondent-PIO under Section 20 RTI Act 2005. The information demanded stands already supplied. No further action in the case is required.

6. The case is accordingly disposed of and closed. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.
Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 13th March, 2009

Sh Paramjeet Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Paramjeet Singh,
# 9864, Mohalla Guru Nanak pura,
Bathinda-151001.
________ Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 2071 of 2009

Present:
i) Sh. Paramjeet Singh, complainant in person
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate,on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been given to him by the respondent. Insofar as a copy of the waiting list is concerned, the respondent has confirmed that the waiting list consists of only one person and there is no other name in the waiting list apart from Sri Harpreet Singh son of Sri Kartar Singh.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
3rd September, 2009 Punjab

Sh Randhawa Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Randhawa Singh,
S/o Sh. Jeet Singh,
# 205, Patel Nagar,
Near Bibiwala Chowk,
Bathinda ' 151001.
___________Complainant

Vs.
Public Information Officer,
O/o Punjabi University,
Patiala.
__________ Respondent

CC No. 3004 of 2008

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been provided to him by the respondent vide his letter dated 30-1-2009.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
5th February, 2009 Punjab

Sh Bhushan Lal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Bhushan Lal,
S/o Sh. Sarup Chand,
M/s Bhushan Karyana Store,
Sadar Bazar, Nabha, Pb.
___________Complainant

Vs.
Public Information Officer,
O/o Punjabi University,
Patiala.
__________ Respondent

CC No. 3044 of 2008

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been provided to him by the respondent vide his letter dated 25-11-2008 followed by his letter dated 4-2-2009
(copy enclosed) to the extent that is available in the records of the University.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
5th February, 2009 Punjab

HC Arora Advocate versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. H.C. Arora, Advocate,
S/o Late Shri Sunder Dass,
H.No. 2299, Sector44-C,
Chandigarh
…………………………….Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o. Punjabi University,
Patiala
………………………………..Respondent

CC No. 469 of 2008

Present:
(i) Sh. J.S. Rana, Advocate for the Appellant
(ii)Sh. S.S.Khera, Registrar, O/o Punjabi University, Patiala and Mr. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent

ORDER

Heard

2. Respondent states that vide his letter no. 220/RTI cell dated 29.01.09 information comprising of 1118 pages has been again sent to the Appellant. Respondent further states that Appellant has been intimated that certain information sought by the Appellant was not provided being exempt under sections 8(g), 8(j), 2 (n). Sh. S.S. Khera, Registrar , Punjabi University, Patiala appeared personally and requested that he be exempted from personal appearance in future as the Complainant has already been informed about the reasons for hiding /blackening certain portions of the documents. It has also been submitted that this hiding/blackening of these portions was done for the reason that these contained information purely of personal nature, to wit addresses and telephone numbers etc.

3. Appellant is directed to submit, in writing, his response to letter no. 220/RTI cell dated 29.01.09 of Respondent before the next date of hearing. Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala is exempted from appearing personally before the Commission on the future dates of hearing unless otherwise ordered.

4. Adjourned to 13.03.09 (12.00 noon) for further proceedings. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.
Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 5th Feb, 2009

HC Arora Advocate versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH
Sh. H.C. Arora, Advocate,
S/o Late Shri Sunder Dass,
H.No. 2299, Sector 44-C,
Chandigarh

…………………………….Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
O/o. Punjabi University,
Patiala
……………………………..Respondent

AC No. 469 of 2008

Present:
(i) None is present on behalf of the Appellant
(ii) Sh. Deepak Kumar, Senior Assistant, and Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent

ORDER

Heard
2. Respondent states that entire information has already been supplied to the Appellant. Appellant has made a complaint to the Commission that the information supplied have been defaced by black coloring pen and the same can not be read. Respondent states that they have not received any objection from the Appellant nor he has pointed out any deficiency so far and has requested that copy of the complaint and documents defaced be given to them so that they should look into the matter. It is a very serious matter which shows that information is not deliberately supplied. PIO is directed to provide complete information in original form to the Complainant and should also appear personally on the next date of hearing to explain as to how the documents were defaced.
3. Adjourned to 05.02.09 (12.00 PM) for further proceedings. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.
Sd/-
(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 19th December, 2008

Dr HR Verma versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Dr. H.R. Verma,
S/o Sh. Sant Ram,
H. No. 1415, Sector 21,
Panchkula. ___________Appellant
Vs.
Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

AC No. 504 of 2008

Present:
i) Dr. H.R. Verma, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The complainant has pointed out certain deficiencies in the information provided to him. He may reduce the same to writing, with details of the reasons for the allegation that the information is deficient. This may be done for each of the points contained in his application for information where any deficiency has been allegedly noticed.
The respondent is directed to give a suitable reply to the complainant to this communication within 10 days of the date of its receipt.
Adjourned to 10.00 AM on 20.02.2009 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Punjab
December 5, 2008

Dropti Devi Vij versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dropti Devi Vij,
D/o Bala Ram, # 75, Professor Colony,
Opp. Punjabi University,
Patiala-147002 ...…Complainant
Vs

Public Information Officer,
O/o Commissioner,
Municipal Corporation,
Amritsar ..…. Respondent

CC No. 2132 of 2008
ORDER

Present:
None for the Complainant.

Representative, Dr. Vijay Kumar Sharma, Sr. Medical Officer, for the Respondent.
----

The requisite information was sent to the Complainant on 13.10.2008. Nothing contrary has been heard.

The case is disposed of and closed.
Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.

(P. P. S. Gill)
Chandigarh, State Information Commissioner
Dated, November 21, 2008

Deepak Kumar Jindal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Deepak Kumar Jindal,
S/o Sh. Jugal Kishore Jindal,
#17250, Aggarwal Colony,
Bathinda. ___________Complainant
Vs.
Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 2071 of 2008

Present:
i) Sh. Deepak Kumar Jindal, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The respondent has clarified that Diary No. 923 dated 11-5-2008 refers to the letter received from the complainant in the office of the Vice Chancellor dated 21-1-2008. A photostat copy of the letter which clearly shows that this is the case has been submitted to the Court and a copy has also been given to the complainant. The respondent states that there is no letter dated 16-5-2008 of the complainant in his records. Both letters of the complainant dated 21-1-2008 and 19-5-2008 were dealt with together vide the notings a copy of which has already been provided to the complainant.

A copy of the proceedings of the committee meeting in which wood-work has discussed has also been provided to the complainant.
No further action is required to be taken in this case, which is disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
November 7, 2008 Punjab

Deepak Kumar Jindal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Deepak Kumar Jindal,
S/o Sh. Jugal Kishore Jindal,
#17250, Aggarwal Colony,
Bathinda. ___________Complainant
Vs.
Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 2071 of 2008

Present:
i) Sh. Deepak Kumar Jindal, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The following is the position regarding the two items of information required by the complainant:-
In the letter of the respondent dated 7-10-2008 addressed to the complainant there is a mention of the receipt of a letter received in the office of the Vice Chancellor vide Diary No. 923 dated 17-5-2008. Obviously, therefore this entry could not be referring to the letter dated 19-5-2008 of the complainant. The complainant states that he had written two letters one on 16-5-2008 and another on 19-5-2008 and the respondent has not provided information to him regarding the orders/notings of the Vice Chancellor on the letter dated 16-5-2008.

The respondent has informed the complainant that the meeting of the Committee which was held on 6-4-2006 was concerning cement stock and not wood work. The complainant states that there were two meetings of the Committee and he requires the proceedings of the second meeting also in which wood-work was discussed. The respondent has made a commitment that the records of the University will be rechecked and the available information will be given to the complainant before the next date of hearing. Since this case has already been considerably delayed, the respondent is directed to undertake this task on urgent footing. The case is adjourned to 10 AM on 7-11-2008 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
October 31, 2008 Punjab

Sh Bhushan Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

30366 STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Bhushan Kumar,
S/o Sh. Dharam Chand,
H.NO. B-8/279, Bahia Street, Patiala Mandi,
Rampura Phul, Distt. Bathinda. ___________Complainant
Vs.
Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. _______ Respondent

CC No. 1814 of 2008

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant .
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The respondent states that the complainant has still not deposited the amount of Rs. 110/- for the information which he requires. The complainant has made a written submission that the letter of the respondent intimating the fees required to be deposited was received by him after a period of 30 days has elapsed from the date of receipt of the complainant’s application. This however is mere conjecture on the complainant’s part as his application dated 10-6-2008 was received by the respondent on 13-6-2008, and intimation to deposit the required fees was sent to the complainant on 10-7-2008. In view of this, the respondent cannot be directed to give the information free of cost. The complainant is at liberty to obtain the required information after depositing the fees of Rs. 110/- with the respondent.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
October 24, 2008 Punjab

Ms Malwinder Kaur versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Ms. Malwinder Kaur,
c/o S. Ajit Singh,
Ram Basti, Street No. 8 - A,
Sangrur ___________Complainant
Vs.
Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University
Patiala. ----Respondent

AC No. 414 of 2008
Present: i) None on behalf of the complainant .
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.
ORDER

Heard.
In compliance with the Court’s orders dated 23-9-2008, the copies of the pages 88-99 of the University Calendar have been sent by the respondent to the complainant.
No further action is required to be taken in this case, which is disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner October 15, 2008 Punjab

Deepak Kumar Jindal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Deepak Kumar Jindal,
S/o Sh. Jugal Kishore Jindal,
#17250, Aggarwal Colony,
Bathinda. ___________Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 2071 of 2008

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
Of the two items of information asked for by the complainant, the respondent has earlier sent a reply as follows:-

• Item No. 1. The complainant was informed that the letter dated 10-5-2008 of the complainant was not received by the University.
• Item No. 2 The complainant was informed that the proceedings of the Committee are “not available”.

The respondent today has informed the Court that the date of the letter mentioned by the complainant in his application was apparently not correct, because on the receipt of a notice from his lawyer in which the correct date, namely, 19-5-2008, was mentioned as the date of the complainant’s letter, the required information at (i) above has been sent to the complainant vide letter dated 7-10-2008.

Insofar as item No. 2 is concerned, the respondent should check and certify whether the committee constituted by the Vice Chancellor has held any meetings or not and if it has held any meeting, whether the proceedings thereof have been drawn up and sent to the office of the respondent for record. It does not suffice to say that the proceedings are “not available”.
Adjourned to 10 AM on 31-10-2008 for further consideration and orders.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
October 8, 2008 Punjab

Sh Bhushan Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Bhushan Kumar,
S/o Sh. Dharam Chand,
H.NO. B-8/279, Bahia Street, Patiala Mandi,
Rampura Phul, Distt. Bathinda. ___________Complainant
Vs.
Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. _______ Respondent

CC No. 1814 of 2008
Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant .
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate , on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been prepared by the respondent and he was informed within 30 days of the date of receipt of his application that he is required to deposit Rs. 110/- ( @ Rs. 2/- per page for 40 pages and Rs. 30/- as postal charges) for the same but the complainant has not yet done this. The respondent makes a commitment that the information required by the complainant will be sent to him as and when the prescribed fees of Rs. 110/-is deposited by him.

The complainant has requested for an adjournment and the same is allowed, subject to the condition that the complainant will deposit the amount of Rs. 110/- with the respondent within 7 days of the date of receipt of these orders, after which the respondent will send the required information to the complainant within 10 days .

In case the complainant does not deposit the prescribed fees, the case will be deemed to have been disposed of with the direction to the respondent to give the information to the complainant as and when he deposits the same.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 24-10-2008 to give an opportunity to the complainant to point out deficiencies, if any, in the information which will be obtained by him.


(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
September 26, 2008 Punjab

Rupinder Garg Advocate versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Rupinder Garg, Advocate,
S/o Makhan Lal,
Flat No. 89, Sector 48-A,
Mayur Vihar,
Chandigarh. ___________Appellant
Vs.

Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. __________ Respondent


AC- 342 of 2008

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate,on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The information required by the appellant has been given to him in full by the

respondent.

Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
September 5, 2008 Punjab

Yashpal Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Yashpal Singh,
H.No. 994-Z-Type,
Timar Pur, Delhi-110054. __________ Complainant

Vs.
Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent


CC No. 1612 of 2008

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been given to him in full by the respondent vide his letter dated 4-8-2008.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
September 4, 2008 Punjab

Vijay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Vijay Kumar,
M/s Total Infotech,
Opp. SBI, Palika Market,
Shop No. 9, Rampura Phul,
Distt. Bathinda. _______ Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. _____ Respondent

AC No.42 of 2008

Present:
i) None on behalf of the appellant.
ii) S. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER

Heard.
The respondent has supplied the information required by the appellant in accordance with the orders of the Court dated 4-4-2008. The appellant insists that the Vice Chancellor was obliged to advertise the post before making the appointment but this contention of the appellant relates to the merits of the action taken by the University, which does not fall within the purview of the RTI Act.
No further action is required to be taken in this case, which is disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
August 8, 2008 Punjab

AMAN GILL @ PAWANBIR DHALIWAL Vs PUNJABI UNIVERISTY PATIALA AND ANR CWP 7837 of 2008

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH.

Date of Decision:10.07.2008.

Aman Gill @ Pawanbir Dhaliwal ...Petitioner.
Versus
Punjabi University Patiala and another ...Respondents.

CORAM:
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE ASHUTOSH MOHUNTA.
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE KANWALJIT SINGH AHLUWALIA.

Present:
Mr.Balbir Singh Advocate for
Mr.Ajay Pal Singh Gill Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr.Kanwaljit Singh Senior Advocate with
Mr.Harminderjit Singh Advocate for respondent No.1.

ASHUTOSH MOHUNTA J. (ORAL)
Counsel for the petitioner states that as the petitioner has been given Roll Number by the respondents therefore this writ petition has been rendered infructuous.

In view of the statement made by counsel for the petitioner the writ petition is dismissed as having been rendered infructuous.

(ASHUTOSH MOHUNTA)
JUDGE

(KANWALJIT SINGH AHLUWALIA)
JUDGE

Tarun Goyal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.


Sh.Tarun Goyal,
19208, Street No. 7
Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar,Bibiwala Road,
Bhatinda ----------------------Complainant.

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala -----------------------Respondent

AC No. 182 of 2008

Present:
i) None on behalf of the appellant
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The information required to be given to the appellant in compliance with the Court’s orders dated 29-5-2008 has been sent by the respondent to the appellant vide his letter dated 27-6-2008. Since the complainant is not present and has written to the Court to say that he has not received the information, a copy of the afore mentioned letter dated 27-6-2008 should be sent to the appellant along with these orders.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
4th July, 2008

Vijay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.


Sh. Vijay Kumar,
M/s Total Infotech,
Opp. SBI, Palika Market,
Shop No. 9, Rampura Phul,
Distt. Bathinda. _______ Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. _____ Respondent


AC No.42 of 2008


Present:
i) None on behalf of the appellant.
ii) S. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER

Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been sent to him by the respondent vide his letter dated 27-5-2008, in compliance with the Court’s orders dated 4-4-2008. The complainant has expressed his dissatisfaction with the information and has also requested for an adjournment in the interest of justice. Copies of the letters send by the appellant to the Commission in this regard have been supplied to the respondent.
The case is adjourned to 10 AM on 08-08-2008 as requested by the appellant.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
4th July, 2008

Sh Bhushan Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Bhushan Kumar,
V-!!, Rajouri Garden,
New Delhi-27. ----------------Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,o/o
Registrar, Punjabi University,
Patiala. ------------------Respondent

CC No. 855 of 2008

Present:
None on behalf of the complainant
Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The respondent has made a written submission in response to the complaint under consideration that IPOs are being accepted along with the applications made under the RTI Act, since 20-8-2007. They have further submitted that since the complainant has not mentioned the case in which his IPO was refused by the University, no comments or information can be given in that respect.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
20th June, 2008

Sh Harnek Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Harnek Singh,
Global Institute of Dalit (Mool Niwasi) Studies,
127, Phase II, Urban Estate,
Patiala.
____ Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ________ Respondent


CC No. 1992 of 2007

Present:
Sh. Harnek Singh, complainant in person.

ORDER

Sri Harnek Singh, complainant states that the action taken by the Punjabi University authorities in the matter of penalising candidate Ms. Satinder Kaur for the cancellation of her candidature is not legal, since it is not in accordance with any regulation of the University. The complainant has been informed that the respondent has provided to him full details of the process and procedure by which the penalty was imposed on the candidate, and if the complainant is of the view that the action taken by the University is not legal, he may seek remedial action from the appropriate authority, since the Commission does not have the power to go into the merit of the action which was taken. No other reason could be advanced by the complainant in favour of his request for reopening this case, which is accordingly declined.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
19th June, 2008

Punjabi varsity to start 100 new courses this session

PATIALA: Punjabi University has planned to start 100 job-oriented courses from the coming session. Vice chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh disclosed this here on Friday while presiding over a meeting of the principals of colleges, affiliated to the university.

He said the syllabi and ordinances for these courses were being finalized by the concerned university bodies to be forwarded to all the colleges in this regard. The meeting unequivocally endorsed to the VC s proposal to switch over to semester system for the postgraduate courses in the colleges from the next session.

He suggested the constitution of high-powered committee to evolve, inter alia, rational parameters and proper modalities for brining about transparency in the internal assessment system. Dr Manjit Singh, dean, colleges proposed to take effective measures to check malpractices and provisions should be mentioned in this regard in the prospectuses besides making them mandatory. He also suggested restructuring the constitution of examination centres and assigning of examination duties.

Continuing the discussion on the issue, Dr Gurmohan Walia, director, education, Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee, pleaded for discouraging allotting examination centres to academies which encourage large scale copying for petty gains.

Dr Manjit Singh promised every help to the colleges in getting their proposals implementing and getting financial help from various funding agencies.

During the meeting, the introduction of moderation system both at the college and university level was also advocated to check larger incongruency in the marks awarded to the students in theory and practical examinations.

While strongly pleading the case for furthering an overall development of Punjab, the VC said that it should not be done at the cost of growth of other languages. He discouraged the raising of an unpalatable confrontation between Punjabi and other languages.

Admission Notice for MBA (CC) in Punjabi University, Patiala

Punjabi University, Patiala
Admission Notice
Master Of Business Administration
(Correspondence Course, TWO YEARS PROGRAMME)

Application are invited for admissions in the MBA (CC) Programme for the session 2008-09


ELIGIBILITY
CATEGORY-1: BUSSINESS EMPLOYEES/OTHERS-50 SEATS

Admission to the first semester of MBA Programme will also be open to candidates who have passed Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in any discipline from any recognized University or an examination recognized thereto or have passed the final examination conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India or equivalent or Institute of Company Secretaries of India or equivalent or Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India of equivalent with working experience of one year. The candidate should have at least 50% marks in graduation (relaxation of 5 percent in case of those having working experience of one year of more).

(The university may consider other degrees to this list of equivalent professional degree/qualification if required).

CATEGORY-2: DEFENCE OFFICERS -50 SEATS

ALL Commissioned officers with a minimum of 5 years of commissioned service will be eligible to join the course.
To be eligible for admission to MBA Programme a Defence Officer must have passed either a Graduate or Post-Graduate degree in any Discipline with atlest 50% marks or must have undergone successfully.
N.D.A/ I.M.A/Any other equivalent courses viz O.T.S/O.T.A/Indian Air Force Academy/Naval Academy; and
At least one of the following courses:
Defence Service Staff College Course (b) Technical Staff Officers Course (c) Long Defence management Course (d) Senior Defence Management Course (e) Higher Command Course (f) Advanced Air Armament Staff Officer Course (g) Specialized Advanced Course of Various Arms and Services.
(iii) They should have a meritorious record of service. In case of vacant seats in any category, the seats may be shifted from one category to another with the permission of the Head of the Department.

The Application form and the Handbook of Information cab be downloaded from the university’s website www.punjabluniversity.ac.in The application form can also be obtained from the Office of Punjab School of Management Studies. Completed application forms should be submitted to be Head, Punjab School of Management Studies, First Floor, Arts Block No.-6, Punjabi University, Patiala, along with a blank draft of Rs 300/- drawn in favour of Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala,

Schedule for submission of application form:
With out late fees: 20-06-2008
With late fees of Rs. 500/-: 07-07-2008
With late fees of Rs. 1000/-: 17-07-2008
(With the permission of Dean, Academic Affairs)
With late fees of Rs 2000/-
(With the permission of Vice Chancellor)

A dual degree programme, One-Plus-One MBA, in association with Wilkes University, USA, is also being offered with effect from this Academic Session, 2008-09. The programme was advertised in the HT and The Tribune dated 5th June, 2008 and the last date for applying is 15th June, 2008. Under this programme the candidates will undergo an extensive study programme for one year at Punjabi University, Patiala and the second academic year at wikes University, USA. The forms and the ordinances for this programme also available on the university’s website www.punjabiuniversity.ac.in .

Punjabi University to have semester system from next session

Patiala, May 30 PRINICIPALS of various colleges affiliated to the Punjabi University today approved the proposal to switch over to the semester system in the postgraduate courses from the next session (2008-09).
At the conference of principals held under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh today, the principals took some very important decisions to bring about academic and administrative reforms to elevate the standard of education in their colleges.

Addressing the principals here today, Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh said that a high-powered committee will be formed to look into the system of internal assessment.

He said the constitution of the committee is to evolve, rational parameters and proper modalities for bringing in transparency in the internal assessment system.

The introduction of “moderation system” both at the college and the university level was also advocated to check “larger incongruency” in the marks awarded to the students in theory and practical examinations.

Punjabi University Dean (Colleges) Manjit Singh proposed to take effective measures to check malpractices and said adequate provisions will be mentioned in the prospectus. He also suggested restructuring the constitution of examination centres and assigning of examination duties.

He also proposed to introduce the system of internal assessment even at the undergraduate level.

Earlier addressing the meeting, V-C Jaspal Singh said that proper coordination, active participation and continuous involvement by the principals was the only way to forge closer ties between the university and colleges.

Dealing with the agenda, the Jaspal Singh said that the university has planned to start 100 job-oriented courses from the coming session.

The syllabi and ordinances for these courses will be finalised by the concerned bodies and will be forwarded to all the college.

Sh Tarun Goyal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh.Tarun Goyal,
19208, Street No. 7
Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar,Bibiwala Road,
Bhatinda
---------------------- Appellant.
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala -----------------------Respondent
AC No. 133 of 2008
Present:
i) Sh.Tarun Goyal,appellant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.

In compliance with the orders of the Court dated 9-5-2008, the respondent has given the additional information to the appellant vide their letter dated 28-5-2008 and further clarifications have been given by Ld. Counsel during the hearing of the case. The position which emerges in respect of the three points mentioned in the orders dated 9-5-2008, is as follows:-
1. There is no specific ‘rule’ which governs the migration of students from the Punjabi University Campus to the regional centers of the University other than the resolution of the syndicate which was passed in June, 2003.
2. The respondent states that migration can be considered from the Punjabi University campus to the regional centers under the portion of the syndicate resolution dated 29-6-2000 dealing with ‘inter college migration’, under which fees of Rs. 5,000/- was fixed. Apart from the general rules concerning migration, for example; those found in chapter 11 of the University Calender,1987 or resolutions passed generally by the syndicate on the subject from time to time, there is no other specific rule or resolution governing migrations from the University Campus to the regional centers.

3. A copy of the resolution of the Syndicate passed on 29-6-2000 has been given to the appellant.
No further action is required to be taken in this case, which is disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated 29th May, 2008

Sh Tarun Goyal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh.Tarun Goyal,
19208, Street No. 7
Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar,Bibiwala Road,
Bhatinda
----------------------Complainant.
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala -----------------------Respondent
AC No. 182 of 2008
Present:
i) Sh.Tarun Goyal,appellant. In person
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The complainant states that he made an application for information on 10-10-2007 which was received by the respondent vide receipt No. 330-A. The respondent states that he is unable to locate the afore mentioned application of the appellant. The complainant states that he wants information from the respondent on the following points:-
1. The receipt no. of his application which he submitted on 11-9-2007 on the subject of alleged misbehavior of OSD to Vice Chancellor with Shri Arun Goyal.

2. The purpose of holding evening classes for the LLB course.

The respondent should give the required information to the complainant
before the next date of hearing.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 4-7-2008 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated 29th May, 2008

Tarun Goyal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh.Tarun Goyal,
19208, Street No. 7
Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar,Bibiwala Road,
Bhatinda
----------------------Complainant.
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala -----------------------Respondent
AC No. 166 of 2008
Present:
i) Sh.Tarun Goyal, appellant in person
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The application for information was made in this case by the complainant on 10-10-2007. Subsequently, the complainant made a first appeal to the appellate authority and still not being satisfied with the information given to him by the University, has come up with the second appeal to the Commission.

The respondent states that the complainant has made various applications and representations to the University and the information required by the complainant is not clear. In order to achieve the required clarity, the application for information of the complainant dated 10-10-2007 has been seen by the Court and I hereby direct that clear and unambiguous information should be given to the complainant by the respondent to the following points contained in the application:-
1. The objectives and functions of the Committee constituted by the Vice Chancellor for considering issues concerning migrations which held its meeting on 29-12-2006. The objectives and functions of the committee can be found either in the noting of the file which constituted the committee or/and the orders of the University through which it was constituted.
2. In the resolution of the syndicate passed in June, 2003 it was resolved that the rules governing migration of various institutions specified therein should be studied in order to determine in what manner migrations can be limited to the genuine cases. The respondent should inform the complainant whether this resolution has been implemented, and if so, give him copies of the rules of the various institutions mentioned in the resolution which may have been obtained by the respondent. If no such rules have been obtained, this information should also be given to the complainant.

3. A copy of the recommendation made by the committee constituted by the VC to deal with inter-university migrations which according to the complainant made its recommendations on 23-12-2002.

4. The terms of reference of the committee which made its recommendations on 23-12-2002 referred to in the point mentioned at (3) above.

5. The fees which was charged for migration to the LLB course prior to passing of the syndicate resolution dated 29-6-2000. Apart from payment of fees for migration, what other conditions are required to be fulfilled before a migration can be allowed from any college or regional center to the University campus at Patiala.

6. Whether, apart from the printed rules concerning migration and the resolutions of the Syndicate, there is any other criteria considered by the University which determines its decisions to allow a migration or not, or whether it is entirely the discretion of the VC to decide which migration case is genuine and which is not.

The complainant wants the case to be adjourned to any other date after 29-6-2008..
Adjourned to 10 AM on 4-7-2009 for confirmation of compliance.

. (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated 29th May, 2008

Sh Deepak Kumar Jindal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh.Deepak Kumar Jindal,
17250, Aggarwal Colony,
Bathinda.
----------------Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala
---------------Respondent
CC No. 736 of 2008

Present:
i) Sh.Deepak Kumar Jindal ,complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The information required by the complainant was sent by the respondent vide his letter dated 15-5-2008. The complainant states that the letter was not received by him. Therefore, a copy of the information has been given to him by hand in the Court today.
Disposed of.
. (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated 29th May, 2008

Law entrance test:

Law entrance test: Punjabi University will conduct a state-level law entrance test (three-year and five-year streams) on June 22. Giving this information, Dr G.R. Kataria, chief coordinator of the test, said the prospectus would be available from May 19, while the last date for applying the test had been fixed as June 5.

Tarun Goyal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Tarun Goyal,
H.No. 19208,Gali No. 7
Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar,
Bibiwala Road,
Bhatinda ________ Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/oThe Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala
_________ Respondent
AC No. 133 of 2008

Present:
i) Sh. Tarun Goyal,complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.
ORDER
Heard.

The respondent has provided the resolution of the Syndicate passed by the Syndicate of the Punjabi University in June, 2003 vide which the quantum of fees payable by candidates desiring migration from the Regional Centers to the morning/evening classes at the Punjabi University campus, Patiala, was enhanced. In the case of the complainant’s brother, who is a law student, the fees payable by him was enhanced from Rs. 50,000/- to Rs. one lakh.The complainant has raised the following objections to the information which has been provided to him:-

1. He states that the resolution of the Syndicate of the University does not constitute a “Rule”, unless the decision which has been taken vide that resolution is notified by the University as such. Since, in the application for information, he has asked for the prevailing rules regarding migration/transfer from regional centers to the Punjabi University campus, the respondent should clarify whether any such rule has been notified or migrations are being made on the basis of the resolution of June, 2003.

2. The respondent continues to be remain silent about the rules governing migration/transfers from the morning/evening classes held in the Punjabi University campus to the regional centres. The respondent has to clarify whether there is any rule/resolution of the Syndicate which governs such migrations or whether each individual case is being dealt with on merits.

3. The application for information of the complainant has asked for copies of the resolutions passed by the Syndicate regarding migrations / transfers and fees payable, from and to the Punjabi University campus. Although the application for information of the complainant has not specifically asked for it, the description of the desired information can be interpreted to include the earlier resolution of the Syndicate passed on 29-6-2000, which prescribed the fees for migration, which were later enhanced vide the resolution passed in June, 2003. The respondent is therefore directed to send to the complainant a copy of that resolution as well.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 29-5-2008 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
9th May 2008

SEEMA RANI Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY AND ANR Civil Writ Petition 2769 of 2008

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

Civil Misc. No.7849 of 2008 with

Date of decision: April 23, 2008

Seema Rani … Petitioner
Versus
Punjabi University Patiala and another. … Respondents

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

Present:
Mr. S.K.Bawa, Advocate for
Mr. Gurcharan Dass, Advocate for petitioner.
Mr. Amrit Paul, Advocate for respondent No.1 and 2.
Mr. Yatinder Sharma, DAG Punjab for the State.

ASHUTOSH MOHUNTA, J. (ORAL)
The petitioner has prayed for quashing the memorandum No. 361 dated 08.01.2008 sent by respondent No.2 (Annexure P-2) whereby the application form submitted by the petitioner for appearing in B.A.Part-I (private) examination has been rejected.

Reply has been filed on behalf of respondent No.1 and 2. Mr. Amrit Paul, counsel for the respondents states that as per the date sheet issued for B.A. Part-I (new scheme), the examination have commenced with effect from 28th March, 2008 and till date seven papers, in which the petitioner was to appear have already been held. Only one paper is yet to be held on 2nd May, 2008.

As most of the papers, i.e., seven out of eight have already been held for B.A. Part-I examination, therefore, we do not intend to go into the vires of the notification (Annexure P-3) and the statute (Annexure P-4) as the same would be only of academic interest.

Resultantly, the writ petition is dismissed.

[ASHUTOSH MOHUNTA]
JUDGE

[KANWALJIT SINGH AHLUWALIA]
JUDGE

DAISY WALIA Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND ORS CWP 14247 of 2006

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB & HARYANA, CHANDIGARH

Date of Decision: April 22,2008

Dr. (Mrs.) Daisy Walia ................................................. Petitioner
Versus
Punjabi University, Patitala, and others ................... Respondents

Coram:
Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ashutosh Mohunta
Hon'ble Mr. Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia

Present:
Mr. Rajiv Atma Ram, Sr. Advocate with
Mr. B.N.S. Sharma, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr. Kanwaljit Singh, Sr. Advocate with
Mr. G.S.Ghuman, Advocate for respondent Nos. 1 & 3 to 5.
Mr. S.K.Sharma, Advocate for respondent No.2.

ASHUTOSH MOHUNTA, J.
Mr. Kanwaljit Singh, learned senior counsel for Punjabi University-respondent No.1, states that although Dr. Madhukar Anand was appointed as Adhoc Professor of Dance, however, his term has not been extended after 2.3.2008. Learned counsel further submits that the University has decided to re-advertise the post of Professor of Dance and, hence, this writ petition has been rendered infructuous.

Mr. Rajiv Atma Ram, learned senior counsel for the petitioner, however submits that the question of eligibility of respondent No.3 should be adjudicated in this writ petition as respondent No.3 may apply in pursuance to the fresh advertisement which may be issued in future.

After hearing the learned counsel for the parties, we are of the considered opinion that as the term of Dr. Madhukar Anand as Professor of Dance has not been extended after 2.3.2008 and it has been decided by the University to re-advertise the post, therefore, this writ petition has been
rendered infructuous and the same is dismissed as such.

( ASHUTOSH MOHUNTA )
JUDGE

( KANWALJIT SINGH AHLUWALIA )
JUDGE

Vijay Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Vijay Kumar,
M/s Total Infotech,
Opp. SBI, Palika Market,
Shop No. 9, Rampura Phul,
Distt. Bathinda. _______ Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala.
_____ Respondent
AC No.42 of 2008

Present:
i) Sh. Rupinder Garg,Advocate,on behalf of the complainant
ii) S. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER

Heard.
The respondent has raised the objection that the application for information of the appellant is voluminous and vague and does not ask for any specific information in respect of the appointments which had been made in the neighborhood campus Colleges of the Punjabi University in Rampura Phool.
After a detailed discussion on the application for information and doubts in the mind of the complainant regarding the appointments which were made, the respondent is directed to give the following information to the complainant:-
1. Was any appointment to the post of Lecturer made in the two University Colleges at Rampura Phool in the year 2006-07 and 2007-08 without advertising the post? If so, did such an appointment violate any rule or regulation?
2. Was any appointment made to the post of Lecturer in any of the two colleges in Rampura Phool in the year 2006-07 and 2007-08 of a person who had not passed the UGC ( Net/ Slet), and if so, whether such an appointment violates any rule or regulation?
The respondent should give the above mentioned information to the complainant before the next date of hearing. The parties agree that no further …2

information is required to be given by the respondent with reference to the voluminous application for information.
Since no date in the month of May, 2008 suits the complainant, the case is adjourned to 10 AM on 6-6-2008 for confirmation of compliance.


(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 4th April, 2008

Rajinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Rajinder Singh,,
W. No. 14, H. No. 30,
Shivpuri, Dhuri,
Distt. Sangrur. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No.251 of 2008

Present:
i)None on behalf of the complainant
ii) S. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER

Heard.
The respondent sent an intimation to the complainant within 30 days of the receipt of the application for information that the IPO of Rs. 10/- has not been correctly made out and that it should be in the name of the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala, and a revised IPO may be sent accordingly. The complainant has not yet complied with this requirement and therefore his complaint is premature and is accordingly disposed of. The respondent will send a suitable response to his application for information when the correct IPO for Rs. 10/- as the application fees is received by him.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 28th March, , 2008

Rajinder Singh Mansahia versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Rajinder Singh Mansahia,
202, Phase 3, urban Estate,
Patiala. _________________ Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ________________ Respondent
AC No.45 of 2008

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant
ii) S. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent behalf

ORDER

Heard.
In this case, the information required by the complainant has been given to him by the respondent except the information regarding the marks obtained by passed candidates before and after revaluation of their papers, for which the respondent has claimed exemption under section 8( I )( j ) of the RTI Act.
The information concerning examination results of various candidates, to the extent that it a matter of general public information, is notified in the gazette by the University and the complainant has been advised by the respondent, vide his letter dated 26-03-2008, a copy of which may be sent to the complainant along with these orders, to obtain a copy of the gazette regarding the LLB examination,2007
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 28th March, , 2008

Sh Harinder Pal versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Harinder Pal,
# 169, Mohalla Bathindian,
Nabha-147201. ____________ Complainant.

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ____________ Respondent

CC No.2207 of 2007

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant .
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER
Heard.
The application for information in this case is in the nature of enquiries which the complainant has sought to make regarding eligibility for admission to a particular course and other relating matters. Strictly speaking, this is not covered by the definition of “information” under the RTI Act, because the applicant can ask for the rules and instructions on any particular matter but insofar as specific and individual queries are concerned, arrangement has been made by the public authority for answering such questions from the general public and the complainant was in fact asked to approach the enquiry counter of the University for this purpose. Nevertheless, the respondent has prepared the information required by the complainant, which he has submitted to the Court, and the same may be sent to the complainant along with these orders.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 27th March, , 2008

Surdip Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Surdip Singh,
VPO- Manupur,
Tehsil Samrala, Distt. Ludhiana. _____________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No.276 of 2008

Present:
i) Sh. Surdip Singh, complainant in person.
ii) S. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent
ORDER
Heard.
The application for information in this case has asked for general information regarding candidates who had obtained their BA/BSc. Degree from Magadh University and thereafter joined the B.Ed. course in Punjabi University in 1995-96. The complainant was asked for the specific information which he desires, and he states that he is concerned about the verification made by Punjabi University of the qualification which he acquired from Magadh University, and wants to know whether the same was found to be correct.
The respondent has stated that there was only one candidate, namely Ms. Sushmita, who had passed the B.Sc examination in the 1995-96 session after having graduated from Magadh University, and the verification of her degree has been found to be correct. The complainant states that he has passed the Course through a Correspondence Course, which is probably why his name was not located by the respondent. The respondent should check up the records of the Correspondence Courses and in case the complainant’s name is found amongst the list of successful candidates of 1995-96, it needs to be confirmed to him that the verification of his degree was also correct. In order to help the respondent to find the relevant information, the complainant has undertaken to send to him a copy of the B.Ed.Degree obtained by him within three days.
Adjourned to 10 AM on 28-03-2008 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 14th March, 2008

Karamjit Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Karamjit Singh,
Vill. Chirvi, P.O. Massingan,
Tehsil & Distt. Patiala. _____________ Complainant

Vs.
Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. _________ Respondent

CC No.171 of 2008

Present:
i) Sh. Karamjit Singh, complainant in person.
ii) S. Vikrant Shrma, Advocate ,on behalf of the respondent

ORDER

Heard.
The application for information in this case has sought for information which is in the custody of the India Meteorological Department, which is a Central Government public authority and any complaint with regard to the same therefore has to be made to the Central Information Commission. The complainant has been informed accordingly.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 14th March, 2008


Daisy Walia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. Daisy Walia,
2-A, Gurudwara,
Moti Bagh Colony,
Patiala, ----------------------------Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ------------------------------Respondent

CC No.2409 of 2007

ORDER

Present:
None is present on behalf of the Complainant.
Sh. Vikram Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent.

The Commission has received from the Complainant a fax message on 07.03.2008 to the effect that she no longer requires the information she had demanded under RTI Act, 2005.
2. In the circumstances, the matter is disposed of and closed. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.

(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh
Dated: 10.03.2008

Lt. Gen.P.K.Grover (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Dr Bhupinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85,2nd floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Dr. Bhupinder Singh,
# 97, Rose Avenue,
Kheri Road, Patiala. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 1210 of 2007

Present:
i). None on behalf of the complainant .
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate , on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
In compliance with the orders of the Court dated 11-1-2008, the complainant supplied the copies of the UGC guidelines on which he has relied to the respondent, in support of his assertion that the University has adopted them for the appointment of an External Subject Expert as a member of the Selection Committee for selecting a candidate for the post of Director, Physical Education and Sports. The documents supplied by the complainant has been examined by the respondent and he has sent him a reply vide his letter No. 381/R/RTI Cell, dated 7-2-2008,(copy enclosed) to the effect that the UGC guidelines of September, 1999, relied upon by the complainant, have been adopted by the University only to the extent of determination of eligibility of candidates for the post of Director, Physical Education and Sports. The respondent has further clarified that the guidelines were received from the Government in January, 2000 without any annexure concerning the membership of selection committees, and did not contain any mention of the appointment of an External Expert on the Selection Committees, and the University therefore continues to constitute selection committees in accordance with statute 13(1) of the Punjabi University Calendar, Volume'I, for non-teaching posts, in which there is no provision for the appointment of an External Expert on Selection Committees.

In view of the above, no further action is required to be taken in this case, which is disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 8 February, 2008

Sh Harnek Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Harnek Singh,
Global Institute of Dalit (Mool Niwasi) Studies,
127, Phase II, Urban Estate, Patiala. ____ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ________ Respondent

CC No. 1992 of 2007

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
Elaborating the information supplied to the complainant vide his letter dated 28-12-2007, the respondent states that the complainant made an application for the information about the relevant rules under which the candidate Ms. Satinder Kaur was asked to deposit Rs. 2000/- as penalty, on 6-6-2007. The facts are that the Chief Coordinator Examination, under the delegation given to him by the Vice Chancellor, passed an order on 11-5-2007 imposing penalty of Rs. 2000/- ( Rs. 500/- per paper) on Miss. Satinder Kaur for the cancellation of her candidature in the M.A. (Punjabi) 'II Examination held in April, 2007. The said order was approved by the Vice Chancellor on 25-8-2007. Thereafter, a comprehensive order regarding the penalty which is to be imposed on a candidate when he asks the cancellation of his candidature from one examination, which is in accordance with the penalty imposed on Ms. Satinder Kaur, was circulated to all concerned by the Chief Coordinator Examination on 24-9-2007.

Since the complainant has not appeared, I conclude that there is no further clarification or doubt which he has about the information provided to him, although he had requested for an adjournment on the last date of hearing.
Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 25th January, 2008

Sh Harnek Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Harnek Singh,
Global Institute of Dalit (Mool Niwasi) Studies,
127, Phase II, Urban Estate, Patiala. _____________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ________ Respondent

CC No. 1992 of 2007

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.
The information required by the complainant has been given to him vide the respondent’s letter No. 1598/RTI Cell, dated 28-12-2007. The information has been seen by the Court and has been found to be in order.
Since ,however, the complainant has requested for an adjournment of the case, an opportunity is given to him to appear before the Court at 10 AM on 25-1-2008.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
18th January, 2008

Dr Bhupinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85,2nd floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Dr. Bhupinder Singh,
# 97, Rose Avenue,
Kheri Road, Patiala. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 1210 of 2007

Present:
i). Dr.Bhupinder Singh, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate , on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The respondent has supplied a copy of the application made by Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma, to the complainant in compliance with the orders of the Court dated 10-8-2007. Insofar as the second point concerning the External Subject Expert, the respondent has informed the complainant that the University has not adopted the UGC guidelines for appointments of the selection committee which has been mentioned in the letter of the complainant dated 29-8-2007. The complainant in his letter dated 22-10-2007 has referred to a letter from the UGC dated September, 1999, which he states the Syndicate of the University has adopted, in March-April, 2000, and has further stated that the UGC guidelines were adopted by the University Syndicate in its Resolution dated 24-10-2000, as recommended by the Standing Committee of the Academic Council.

The respondent may examine the afore mentioned points made by the complainant and in case there are any guidelines of the UGC for the appointment of External Subject Experts as members of the Selection Committee for selecting a candidate for the post of Director, Physical Education and Sports, which the University has adopted, the information asked for by the complainant as mentioned in point no. 2 of the Court’s orders dated 10-8-2007 may be sent to him. However, if the University has not adopted any such guidelines, a fresh reply to this effect may be given to the complainant.

The complainant has undertaken to supply to the respondent the copies of the UGC guidelines and also copies of the resolution of the Syndicate upon which he is relying.
Adjourned to 10 AM on 8-2-2008 for further consideration and orders.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
11th January, 2008

Harminder Singh Khokar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Harminder Singh Khokar,
306, Lahori Gate,
Patiala. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 2112 of 2007

Present: None


ORDER

Neither the complainant nor the respondent are present. The case is disposed of with the direction to the respondent to give a suitable response to the complainant within 15 days of the date of receipt of these orders, if not already done.

Disposed of
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 4 January, 2008

Ms Malwinder Kaur versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Ms. Malwinder Kaur,
C/o Ajit Singh Mohal,
Ram Basi, Street No. 8-A,
Sangrur-148001. __________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ____________ Respondent

CC No. 2093 of 2007

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant,
ii) Sri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER

Heard.
The respondent has prepared the information required by the complainant, which may be sent to the complainant along with these orders.
Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 4 January, 2008

Sh Amandeep Goyal Advocate versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Amandeep Goyal, Advocate,
Opp. Arya High School,
Rampura Phul-151103. __ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Ludhiana. ___ Respondent

CC No. 1519 of 2007

Present:
i) Sh. Rupinder Garg, Advocate,on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh.Vikrant Sharma,Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

In compliance with the Court’s orders dated 4-10-2007, the remaining information and clarifications have been given by the respondent to the complainant in the Court today.

Disposed of.
Sd/--
(P.K.Verma)
Dated: 22nd November, 2007 State Information Commissioner

RAJINDER KUMAR AND ORS Versus P G I and ORS CWP 9382 of 1988

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

Date of Decision: 25.9.2007

Tejinder Singh ..Petitioner.
Vs.
Punjabi University and others ..Respondents.

CORAM:
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE HEMANT GUPTA

Present:
None for the parties.

HEMANT GUPTA, J.
The challenge in the present writ petition is to the admission granting to respondents No.5 and 6 in Diploma course in Pharmacy in the session 1988-89. It is the case of the petitioner that there are 120 seats in the institutions run by respondents No.3 and 4 for admission to the two years Diploma course in Pharmacy in the academic session 1988-89. 15 % of the said total seats i.e. 18, are reserved for scheduled caste/scheduled tribe candidates apart from other reservation for other category of candidates.

A competitive entrance examination was held in September 1988 and the petitioner's rank was 360 in the general merit list whereas respondents No.5 and 6 were in merit list at serial No.454 and 457 respectively. Though the petitioner was called for interview against the seats reserved for SC candidates. But petitioner was not admitted and candidates junior to the petitioner have been admitted. Such action was made subject matter of challenge in the present writ petition.

Vide order dated 3.1.1989, the petitioner was ordered to be admitted at his own risk and responsibility but such order of admission was subject to the final decision of the writ petition.

The petition has now been posted for hearing before this Court with the report that notice issued to respondent No.6 has not been served as such process has been received back with the report that no such person is in the College.

The fact remains that petitioner was a candidate for admission in the year 1988. The course has since been completed, therefore, no useful purpose would be served to quash the admission of respondents No.5 and 6.

Consequently, the present writ petition is disposed of with a direction to the respondents to regularise the admission of the petitioner, if necessary, in two years Diploma course to which the petitioner was ordered to be admitted.

With the said directions, the present writ petition is disposed of.

( Hemant Gupta )
Judge

Dr Daisy Walia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. Daisy Walia,
# 2-A, Gurudwara Moti Bagh Colony,
Patiala . …….Complainant.

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ……..Respondent
CC No. 291 of 2007

ORDER

Present :
None is present on behalf of Complainant.
Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of Respondent.

Vide our order dated 27.08.2007, we had directed that information under item no. (ix) of the request by the Complainant should be supplied to her. We had also directed that the Respondent should show cause why he may not be penalized for the failure to supply the information in time.

2. On 13.09.07, that is subsequent to the last date of hearing, PIO office of Registrar Punjabi university, Patiala, sent his reply to the show cause notice as contained in our order dated 27.08.2007 making the following submissions.:-
(a) That the Administrative Committee of the Department of Dance had not recommended any list of experts for making the selections.

(b) That in the light of the above, no list exists and, thus, cannot be supplied.

(c) That the Respondent had at no time denied information and the delay, if any, was not wilful.

3. A decision on the question of imposition of penalty is reserved.



(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh
Dated: 19.09.2007

Lt. Gen.P.K.Grover (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Sh Maghar Singh Sidhu versus Punjabi University Patiala


STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Maghar Singh Sidhu,
Ward No. 16, Radraka Mohalla,
Mansa.
__________ Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o. Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No. 1463 of 2007

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The information required by the complainant has been given by the respondent to him.

The complainant is not present.

Disposed of.


(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner, State Information Commissioner
Dated: 13th September, 2007

Sh Nimal Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Nimal Singh,
# 568, Giani Zail Singh Nagar,
Ropar.
__________ Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. _____________ Respondent

CC No. 891 of 2007

Present:
i) Sh. Nirmal Singh, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma,Advocate,on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

In compliance with the orders of this Court dated 6-9-2007, the respondent has informed the complainant that he has not been short listed for the post of Lecturer in Public Administration because the short listing Committee has decided that in order to be called for the interview, the candidate must either be Ph.D or must have obtained first class through out his academic career ( Matric, +2, BA, and MA) and he does not fulfill this requirement. Therefore no further action is required to be taken in this case, which is disposed of.


(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner, State Information Commissioner

Dated: 13th September, 2007

MANISHA GUPTA Versus PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND ANR Civil Writ Petition 9930 of 2007

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH
Date of Decision : 6th September, 2007

Manisha Gupta. … Petitioner
Versus
Punjabi University, Patiala and another. ….Respondents

CORAM :
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE ADARSH KUMAR GOEL,
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE S.D. ANAND.

Present :
Mr. B.S. Guliani, Advocate, for the petitioner.
Mr. Vipul Jindal, Advocate, for respondent No.1.

S.D. Anand, J.
Conceded facts in the first instance. The petitioner, a B.A. Part II student on the rolls of respondent No.2-Institution, was scheduled to appear at the final examination at Centre Samana. While she did appear in the three papers (Computer Practical, Computer Application-A and Punjabi
Compulsory) on 26.03.2007, 02.04.2007 and 12.04.2007 respectively, she had to opt out of the remaining papers (Computer Application-B, English Compulsory, Economics-A, English Literature-A, Economics-B and English Literature-B) as she fell ill on account of chicken pox. Her representation, recommended by respondent No.2, for being allowed to appear at the supplementary examination was declined by respondent No.1 vide letter dated 02.05.2007 (Annexure P-1).

As culled out from the pleadings of the parties, the moot
question which falls for determination is whether a candidate who had to opt out of some papers of the annual examination on account of illness can appear at the supplementary examination or not.

The plea advocated on behalf of the petitioner is that the
petitioner is entitled to appear at the supplementary examination (in the left out papers) on the authority of Clause 6 of Chapter XVIII (“Conduct of Examinations”) of the 1987 Calendar of the University. The relevant provision, from which sustenance is drawn by the petitioner, is reproduced as under:-

1 to 5 x

6. If a candidate is unable to appear in or to complete the
examination owing to:-

(i) serious illness or accident to himself during examination
days; or

(ii) the death of a near relative within 3 weeks of actual date of examination, on producing death certificate may be
given another opportunity of passing the examination by the Vice-Chancellor if he is satisfied by the evidence produced that the concession applied for is justified.

Such a candidate may, on his recovery, in the case of illness/accident, be examined, at his option, in the subsequent examination, on payment of the prescribed fee, in the paper/s which he missed. The candidate shall be intimated free of charge, as to whether he has obtained the minimum pass marks or not in the paper or papers, in which he had appeared:

Provided that the concession envisaged in the Ordinance may also be given in the case of candidate who is taken seriously ill in the examination and is unable to complete the examination on his producing medical certificate of illness and on the recommendations of the Centre Superintendent concerned; provided that the Vice-Chancellor is satisfied on the basis of evidence produced that the concession applied for is justified. It is understood that in such cases the Centre Superintendent shall send the answer-book of the candidate as stray case making concrete recommendations on the merit of the case indicating time at which the candidate was taken ill in the centre and number of questions attempted by the candidate by that time.

The application of such a candidate shall be entertained only if it fulfills the following conditions:

(a) The application is submitted within reasonable time from the date on which the candidate could not take the examination;

(b) The application is submitted through the Head of the Institution and the Head certified that the candidate could not appear in or complete the examination because of his serious illness or accident to himself, or death of a near relative during the examination days, as per requirement of this Ordinance.

The concession allowed under the Ordinance shall be treated as an additional chance over the above, the normal
chances admissible under the Ordinances relating to the
examination at which the candidate appeared.

Candidates passing under this Ordinance shall not be eligible for a scholarship or prize.

The plea aforementioned raised on behalf of the petitioner is resisted by respondent No.1 by placing reliance upon the following instructions contained in Chapter 1, Volume IV (of the 2005 Calendar of the University), which are reproduced as under:-

B.A./B.Sc. (UNDER THE NEW+3 SCHEME)
1. The instruction for the course shall be divided into three Parts (Part-I, II and III) and an annual examination will be held at the end of every year in the month of April or as fixed by the Academic Council.

2. The supplementary examination shall be held in September or as fixed by the Academic Council. This examination shall be open to candidates who have been declared reappear in one subject.

3. The candidates who have passed B.A./B.Sc. and are appearing for additional subjects or for improvement of division (in case of B.A.) shall be eligible to appear in the annual examination.

However, they shall be eligible to appear in only one additional subject at the supplementary examination.

4. A candidate who passes B.A./B.Sc. Part-I Examination in supplementary examination with a special chance, cannot appear in the next subsequent examination of B.A./B.Sc. Part- III.

5. The examination in Part-I, Part-II and Part-III shall be open to a person who satisfies the requirements at A and B:” (underlining for emphasis).

As apparent from the respective pleas of the parties, reliance on behalf of the petitioner is placed upon the general provisions pertaining to the Conduct of Examinations; while sustenance is drawn in the context by
respondent No.1 from the specific provisions pertaining to the students appearing at the B.A./B.Sc. (under the New+3 Scheme).

As evident from a conjunctive perusal of the above quoted
provisions contained in the University Calendar, the plea raised on behalf of the petitioner is completely bereft of merit. In the face of the specific provisions contained in the matter of “Conduct of Examinations for the B.A./B.Sc. candidates”, the general provisions cannot hold the fort and the latter have to make way for the former. This inference is buttressed by the fact that it is only a candidate announced to be a re-appear candidate in one
paper who would be allowed to study for the higher class.

That allowance would enable him to fulfill the condition of having to attend 75% of the lectures delivered in order to be able to appear at the annual examination. In that eventuality, such a “reappear candidate” is not declared to be a failed candidate. The fact of his having cleared the other papers is inherent in his being allowed to reappear at the supplementary examination. In the present case, on the own showing of the petitioner, she could appear only in three papers and had to opt out from appearing in the remaining papers (Computer Application-B, English Compulsory, Economics-A, English Literature-A, Economics-B and English Literature-B). Hers is, thus, not a
case which would entitle her to go over to the higher class nor is, in fact, it her averment that she has been allowed to attend the lectures for the next higher class.

The position may be exemplified by the following example.

The petitioner has not been allowed to attend the lectures for the Part-III class. The academic session starts in or about July of every year. The results of the supplementary examination may be declared in or about October/November of the year. By the very nature of things, the petitioner would not be able to attend 75% of the lectures delivered in any case, even if she were to be declared qualified at the supplementary examination.

In the scheme of things envisioned by the University Calendar, the supplementary examination to be held in September (or as per a fixture ordered by the Academic Council) is open to the candidates “who have been declared reappear in one subject”. Apart therefrom, the candidates who have passed B.A./B.Sc. “and are appearing for additional subjects or for improvement of division (in case of B.A.) shall be eligible to appear in the
annual examination. However, they shall be eligible to appear in only one additional subject at the supplementary examination. Thus, the only conclusion deducible from the above quoted relevant provisions of the University Calendar is that the supplementary examination is meant only for a candidate who has to reappear in one subject.

The position that, thus, emerges from an analysis of the
relevant provisions of the University Calendar is that the supplementary examination is meant only for the candidates who have to `reappear' in one paper, has cleared the other papers and have been allowed to attend the lectures for the (next) higher class, the only and obvious object of the last indicated allowance being to enable the candidate to meet the required percentage of the lectures delivered for being eligible to appear at the annual examination of the higher class, in case of clearance of the `reappear' subject.

In the light of foregoing discussion, the petition fails and is
ordered to be dismissed. There shall, however, be no order as the costs of the cause in the peculiar circumstances of the case.

( S.D. Anand )
Judge

( Adarsh Kumar Goel )
Judge

Dr Daisy Walia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. Daisy Walia,
# 2-A, Gurudwara Moti Bagh Colony,
Patiala . …….Complainant.
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ……..Respondent
CC No. 291 of 2007

ORDER

In this case, arguments were heard on 23.07.2007 and the judgment was reserved.

2. Vide our order dated 23.05.2007, we had issued certain directions in relation to the supply of information demanded by the Complainant. Regarding items (i) to (v), the plea of the Respondent at that time was that the documents in question had been placed in a sealed cover as per the directions of the Hon’ble High Court and, thus, the information thereabout could not be disclosed. In our order of 23.05.2007, we had directed the Respondent to place on record a copy of the order passed by the Hon’ble High Court so that the instant matter could be disposed of as per the directions made by the Hon’ble High Court. Regarding item no. (viii), the Respondent’s plea that the information was exempt from disclosure as it did not pertain to the Complainant had been rejected and a direction had been issued to the Respondent to supply the information against this item within 15 days. Similarly, the plea of the Respondent seeking exemption for supplying the information against item no. (ix) that the information sought was confidential was rejected and the Respondent was directed to supply the information against this item within 15 days and the case was adjourned to 13.06.2007. On 13.06.2007, as the Complainant was not present, the matter was adjourned to 23.07.2007.

3. On 23.07.2007, the parties were heard and a written submission on behalf of the Complainant was filed. Thereafter, the Respondent has also sent his written submission dated 30.07.2007.

4. The submission of the Complainant, in a nutshell, is that the Respondent has not complied with the directions issued by this Commission vide its order dated 23.05.2007. According to the Complainant, the Respondent has not supplied any information against items (viii) and (ix) as directed by this Commission. She also submits that information against item (i) and (iii) has also not been given despite the fact that there is no direction from the Hon’ble High Court against its disclosure. The Complainant, therefore, seeks initiation of penalty proceedings against the Respondent under Section 20 RTI Act, 2005. As against this, the Respondent in his written submission dated 30th July, 2007 states that information against item no. (viii) has been supplied to the Complainant on 23.07.2007. Regarding item no. (ix), the Respondent submits that the list in question is treated as confidential and it is not within the purview of the ACD (Administrative Committee of the Department) to recommend panel of experts. Regarding items (i) and (iii) the submission of the Respondent is that this is not to be disclosed in view of the orders of Hon’ble High Court.

5. Regarding information against item (i) and (iii), the stand taken by the Respondent is that the material demanded has been submitted to the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court alongwith the proceedings of the selection committee in a sealed cover and, therefore, the same cannot be disclosed at this stage. Regarding this information, therefore, we direct that the final orders of the Hon’ble High Court be awaited.

6. As far as information against item (viii) is concerned, let the Complainant confirm whether information has been supplied as claimed by the Respondent in his written submission dated 30.07.2007.

7. Regarding information against item (ix), we have already vide our order dated 23.05.2007 issued the direction that the information be supplied within 15 days. The information demanded against this item is “list of experts recommended by ACD of Dance Deptt. for the post of lecturers, Readers and Professor for the session 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006 & 2006-20”. The comments of the Respondent on this item as contained in its reply dated 05.02.2007 sent to the Complainant are that the names of the experts appointed for the purpose of selection of teachers cannot be disclosed as this is a confidential matter. Now, however, the Respondent has taken the plea (in its written submission dated 30.07.2007 that ‘the list is treated as confidential and it is not within the purview of ACD to recommend panel of experts’). It is apparent that the Respondent is now taking a different plea from the one he took earlier.

However, we cannot go into the fresh plea as the question of providing information against item (ix) has already been finally decided vide our order dated 23.05.2007. The Respondent has obviously failed to comply with this direction even though a period of more than two months has elapsed. We, therefore, call upon the Respondent to show cause within 15 days why penalty under Section 20 of the RTI Act, 2005, be not imposed upon him for not supplying the information against item no. (ix). We reiterate that this information be supplied forthwith.
8. Adjourned to 19.09.2007 for further proceedings.


(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh
Dated: 27.08.2007

Lt. Gen.P.K.Grover (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner



(Mrs. Ravi Singh ) State Information Commissioner

Manjit Singh Bhatia versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Manjit Singh Bhatia,
# 524, Harinder Nagar,
Patiala. _________________ Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 1274 of 2007

Present:
i) Sh. Manjit Singh Bhatia, complainant in person..
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER

Heard.

The information required by the complainant vide his application dated 28-3-2007 has been provided to him by the respondent.

Insofar as the applications dated 18-4-2007 and 29-6-2006 of the complainant are concerned, he has been advised to make separate applications under the RTI Act, 2005.

Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
Dated: 24 August, 2007 State Information Commissioner

Sh Shingara Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Shingara Singh,
# 48-C, Urban Estate,
Phase-3, Patiala. _________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ___________ Respondent

CC No. 1246 of 2007

Present:
i) Sh Shingara Singh., complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate,on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The complainant has received the required information from the respondent.

Disposed of.


(P.K.Verma)
Dated: 23 August, 2007 State Information Commissioner

Sh Manjit Singh Bhatia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. Manjit Singh Bhatia,
# 524, Harinder Nagar,
Patiala. __________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ___________ Respondent

CC No.783 of 2006

Present:
i) Sh. Manjeet Singh Bhatia, complainant in person..
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.

The respondent has shown to the Court the Receipt Register of the office in operation in June,1999, in which the receipt of communication No. 5891 dated 14-6-1999 from the complainant has been clearly recorded. The Receipt Register for the month of September,1999 was not brought by the respondent under the impression that the second communication from the complainant is dated 1-6-1999 ( as intimated by mistake in his communication for information). Nevertheless, the respondent has submitted that the Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, has constituted a 3-member Committee to enquire into the fate of the communications of the complainant dated 14-6-1999 and 21-9-1999. The Committee has been given one month to submit its report and, therefore, the case is adjourned to 10 AM on 4-10-2007, by which date I expect that the respondent will send the required information to the complainant.



(P.K.Verma)
Dated: 23 August, 2007 State Information Commissioner

JAGMINDER SINGH Versus REGISTRAR, PUNJABI UNIVERSITY AND ANR CWP 10114 of 2007

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT
CHANDIGARH.

Date of decision: 20.08.2007

Jagminder Singh. -----Petitioner
Vs.
Punjabi University and others. -----Respondents

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

Present:
Ms. Alka Chatrath, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr. S.S. Brar, Advocate for respondent No.1.
Mr. Anil Kumar Sharma, Sr. DAG, Punjab.

Adarsh Kumar Goel, J.
This petition challenges letter dated 20.6.2007, Annexure
P-4, rejecting application of the petitioner for admission to the B.Ed. Entrance Test-2007.

Case of the petitioner is that he is a backward class candidate and has secured 49% marks in the graduation.

For admission to the B.Ed. course, requirement is 50% marks in graduation, which is to be reduced by 5% in the case of Backward Class candidates.

CWP. No.10114 of 2007
Learned counsel for the petitioner relied upon following
condition mentioned in the prospectus, Annexure P-3:-

Exemption
In the case of students belonging to SC/ST and Backward Classes (excluding economically backward class), the requirement of 50% marks shall be reduced by 5% provided they have obtained minimum pass marks prescribed by the regulations.

On 12.7.207, following order was passed:-

On oral prayer, State of Punjab is impleaded as
party.

Notice to A.G. Punjab.

Mr. Anil Kumar Sharma, DAG, Punjab accepts notice
and seeks time.

Adjourned to 27.7.2007.

We have heard learned counsel for the petitioner on prayer for interim relief as it is stated that examination is to commence tomorrow.

This petition has been filed against the rejection of the
petitioner’s candidature to B.Ed. Entrance Test-2007 on the ground that the petitioner has obtained 49% marks though requirement is of 50%.

It is pointed out that the petitioner has applied as
backward class candidate. As per the provisions in the
prospectus, there is provision for exemption which provides for requirement of 50% being reduced by 5% in such a case, if the candidate has obtained minimum marks fixed by regulation. It is also pointed out that as per regulation of the Punjab University reproduced in para 7 of the petition, minimum marks laid down are 45%.

It is further pointed out that no percentage has been specified for the Punjabi University.

In view of the above, the petitioner has made out a clear prima facie case for eligibility for admission to the B.Ed. Session 2007.

Pending further hearing and disposal of the writ petition we direct that the writ petitioner be treated as eligible for B.Ed. Entrance Test.

A copy of the order be given dasti to the counsel for the petitioner, under signatures of the Bench Secretary.

Learned counsel for the respondents submitted that
provision for exemption in the prospectus was for admission and not for Entrance Test.

We are unable to accept the above submission.

The Entrance Test was for admission and if a candidate is
eligible for admission by reduction of qualifying marks, there is no reason for not extending the said benefit for Entrance Test.

Accordingly, this petition is allowed and the petitioner is held to be eligible for admission to the B.Ed. Entrance Test-2007.

( ADARSH KUMAR GOEL )
JUDGE

( AJAI LAMBA )
JUDGE

Smt Supreet Kaur versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Smt. Supreet Kaur,
64-R, Model, Town,
Jalandhar City. _______ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. _____ Respondent

CC No. 1012 of 2007

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii)Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The information required by the complainant has been supplied to him by the respondent.

The complainant is not present.

Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Dated 16th August, 2007

Dr Baljinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Dr. Baljinder Singh,
Lecturer, Staff Quarters,
Govind National College,
Narangwal,
Ludhiana. ________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 496 of 2007

Present:
i) Dr. Baljinder Singh, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent

ORDER

Heard.

The additional information required by the complainant has been given to him by the respondent in compliance with this Court’s orders dated 2-8-2007.

Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Dated 16th August, 2007

Sh Harnek Singh Chairman versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. Harnek Singh (Chairman),
Global Institute of Dalit Studies,
# 127, Phase-2, Urban Estate,
Patiala.
..Complainant
Vs

Public Information Officer
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ..Respondent

CC No. 864 of 2007

ORDER

Arguments in this case were heard on 18.07.2007, and the judgment was reserved.

2. The information sought by the Complainant in this case is as under:-
“(i) How many members of the family of Shri Gurcharan Singh Negi superannuated employee of the University and now enjoying an extension and also Shri Rajinder Singh Joshan, Assistant Registrar are working in the University.

(ii) Have they been employed through the regular advertisement and also faced the other mandatory requirements viz. interviews, tests, medical test as laid down for the rightful selection or through the ‘back door’ entry?”

3. The Respondent has taken the plea that the Complainant is not entitled to the information sought by him. His contentions are as under :-

(a) That the Complainant is not a citizen of India. It is a society, some of the members whereof are non-resident Indians. As per Section 3, RTI Act, 2005, the ‘right to information’ has been conferred upon citizens of India only and, therefore, the Complainant society, being a juristic person is not entitled to seek information under Section 6 of the RTI Act, 2005.

(b) That the information sought relates to third parties and, therefore, the same cannot be disclosed to the Complainant unless the third parties concerned gave their consent to the disclosure of information.

(c) That the information sought is personal information which has no relationship to any public activity or interest and, therefore, is exempt from disclosure under Section 8(1)(j) RTI Act, 2005.

4. Replying to these contentions, the Complainant has submitted that he (Harnek Singh) is a citizen of India and is, thus, entitled to information demanded. He also submits that merely because a group of persons form a society, they do not cease to be the citizens of India. The Complainant also contends that Section 11 of the Act does not require that the concurrence of the third party is necessary for the disclosure of information. Section 11 merely requires that the PIO shall give notice to the third party before deciding to supply the information. The Complainant also submits that the information in question is not exempt from disclosure under Section 8(1)(j) as it has a direct nexus with public activity/interest.

5. We have carefully considered the rival submissions. We are of the view that the information sought by the Complainant is not exempt from disclosure and that the Complainant is entitled to it under the law. Our reasons for this conclusion are as under :-
RE (a):
The submission of the Respondent is that under the RTI Act, 2005, it is only a citizen of India who can apply for information. According to him, in the instant case, the application for information was filed by Sh. Harnek Singh on behalf of a society namely ‘Global Institute of Dalit Studies’ which society, in law, is not a citizen of India. We find no merit in this submission. The application for information in this case was made by Sh. Harnek Singh who happens to be the chairman of the Society known as Global Institute of Dalit Studies. There is no plea that the said Sh. Harnek Singh is not a citizen of India. Rather it appears that he is a member of Punjab Education Service and, therefore should be a citizen of India. In this situation, it is clear that he is entitled to seek the information applied for by him. Even if it is assumed that the application for information has been made by him on behalf of a society namely the Global Institute of Dalit Studies, it does not mean that the application is not maintainable. A ‘society’ is not, in law, a juristic person having legal personality independent of its members. A ‘society’ is not a body corporate. It is only an association of persons and its name is just a compendious name for its members. We, therefore, conclude that the application made by Sh. Harnek Singh Complainant, as Chairman Global Institute of Dalit Studies is maintainable.

The plea taken by the Respondent under this head precisely is that as per the provisions of Section 11 RTI Act, 2005, when information sought relates to a third party, it can be disclosed only if the concerned third party gives his consent for the disclosure. According to the Respondent, the third parties in the instant case that is Sh. G.S.Nagi and Sh. Rajinder Singh have vide their letters dated 03.05.2007 refused to give their consent for the disclosure of information sought by the Complainant and, therefore, the information cannot be supplied. This submission is without any legal basis. Section 11 does not require that the consent of the third party concerned is a necessary condition precedent for the disclosure of information. Section 11 merely requires the giving of a notice to the third party in case the information sought relates to it and a right is given to the third party concerned to make a submission regarding whether the information should be disclosed. In other words, the third party concerned can put forth its case before the PIO and if it can satisfy the PIO that the information is exempt from disclosure under any one of the clauses of Section 8, the information shall not be disclosed. Section 11 does not lay down that disclosure of information pertaining to third party is dependent upon the consent of the third party. It only provides for giving an opportunity to the third party to make out a legally permissible ground for denial of information. This objection of the Respondent is, therefore, rejected being without merit.

The information sought in the instant case is undoubtedly in the nature of personal information of two employees of the University. But the information sought has a direct nexus with the public activity and interest. The Punjabi University, Patiala is a body established by a Statute in the proper functioning whereof, the public at large has a vital interest. It is an institution of high learning imparting education, training and expertise in various academic disciplines both at the pre and post graduation levels. If appointments to the office staff and the faculty are made through back door entries, it is bound to adversely affect the functioning of such an august body. There is, thus, no doubt in our mind that the information sought has a direct nexus with public activity and interest and, therefore, is not exempt from disclosure under Section 8(1)(j). It is, however, true that under the RTI Act, 2005, the Respondent is obliged to supply
only that nformation which is available in its records. The Respondent is under no obligation to cause any fact finding enquiry to be undertaken for the purpose of unearthing any information. The Complainant has placed on record a proforma of the application form which is to be filled up by a candidate seeking employment in the university. Column 15 of this application form requires a candidate seeking appointment to state whether there is any close relative of his/her working in the university and if so certain particulars about the relative have to be given. This makes it obvious that the Respondent can from its record find out the necessary facts sought by the Complainant as information. In view of the foregoing, this contention of the Respondent is also rejected.

6. We, therefore, direct the Respondent to supply the information sought by the Complainant within a period of 15 days.

7. To come up for confirmation of compliance on 03.09.2007.


(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh
Dated: 13.08.2007

Lt. Gen.P.K.Grover (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner



(Mrs. Ravi Singh ) State Information Commissioner

Dr Bhupinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85,2nd floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Dr. Bhupinder Singh,
# 97, Rose Avenue,
Kheri Road, Patiala. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 1210 of 2007

Present:
i). Dr.Bhupinder Singh, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. V.K.Jindal, Advocate , on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The information required by the complainant has been provided to him by the respondent. The following 2 items of information may also be supplied to him in accordance with certain clarifications given by him in respect of his application for information in the Court today:-

1) A copy of the application made by Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma, the selected candidate for the post of Director, Physical Education and Sports.

2) The complainant may be informed whether the External Subject Experts, who were members of the Selection Committee for selecting a candidate for the post of Director, Physical Education and Sports, at the time the candidature of Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma was considered, possess the academic qualifications in accordance with the UGC guidelines and whether they have been approved by the University Syndicate, in accordance with the same guidelines.

The above information may be supplied to the complainant within 10 days from today.

Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated 10th August, 2007

Sh Amandeep Vatish versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Amandeep Vatish,
S/o Sh. Dharm Chand Vatish,
H.No. 496, Ajit Nagar, Near Grewal Chowk,
Malerkotla, Distt. Sangrur. ____________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ____________ Respondent

CC No. 1121 of 2007

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
Ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate , on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The respondent has submitted to the Court a copy of the information, which has been prepared in response to the complainant’s application dated 20-4-2007. He has been directed to send the information to the complainant by Registered Post, free of cost, since a period of more than 30 days has lapsed from the date of the application for information.

The complainant is not present.

Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Sh Harnek Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Harnek Singh,
Chairman, Global Institute of Dalit Studies,
127, Phase-II, Urban Estate,
Patiala. ______ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ______ Respondent

CC No. 1131 of 2007

Present:
i) Sh. Harnek Singh, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The respondent has earlier sent some information to the complainant and today he has brought to the Court, the additional information which gives details of the scrutiny of the results during October, 2002 to December, 2004. A copy thereof has been handed over to the complainant.

Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Dr Daisy Walia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. Daisy Walia,
# 2-A, Gurudwara Moti Bagh Colony,
Patiala . ….Complainant.

Vs


Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala ….Respondent.

CC No. 291 of 2007

ORDER

Present :
Mr. S.K.Ahluwalia, H/o Dr. Daisy Walia on behalf of Complainant Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent PIO office of Register Punjab University, Patiala.

Arguments heard. Complainant submits written arguments also. Respondent wishes to study the written arguments for giving his reply. He is permitted to do so within a week from today that is by 30th July 2007. Order reserved.


(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh
Dated: 23.07.2007


Lt. Gen.P.K.Grover (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner




(Mrs. Ravi Singh ) State Information Commissioner

Sh Harnek Singh Chairman versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. Harnek Singh (Chairman),
Global Institute of Dalit Studies,
# 127, Phase-2, Urban Estate,
Patiala.
..Complainant
Vs

Public Information Officer
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ..Respondent

CC No. 864 of 2007

ORDER

Present :
Sh. Harnek Singh, Complainant in person.
Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of Respondent.

The Complainant had made a request to the Respondent on 06th January, 2007 demanding information as follows.
“(i) How many members of the family of Shri Gurcharan Singh Negi superannuated employee of the University and now enjoying an extension and also Shri Rajinder Singh Joshan, Assistant Registrar are working in the University.

(ii) Have they been employed through the regular advertisement and also faced the other mandatory requirements viz. interviews, tests, medical test as laid down for the rightful selection or through the ‘back door’ entry?”

2. Receiving no response within stipulated period of 30 days, the Complainant approached the Commission with a complaint under Section 18. Complainant claims to represent an institution called Global Institute of Dalit Studies. He claims that he is seeking this information in the interest of the welfare of the Dalit community. Respondent states before us that on 30.05.07, he had replied to the Complainant conveying that the information in question could not be supplied in view of the provisions of Section 11. Thereafter, on 03.07.07, the Respondent had sent a more detailed reply to the Complainant. Respondent delivers a copy of his letter dated 03.07.07 to us alongwith the copies of the responses received from the two officials of the University mentioned in the demanded information. In these two letters annexed to the response of the Respondent, Sh. Rajinder Singh, Assistant Registrar and Sh. G.S. Negi , Nodal officer, office of Vice Chancellor have stated that the information in question should not be supplied.

3. Respondent argues before us today that under section 11 of the RTI Act, 2005, Respondent is required to give an opportunity to the third party to represent against disclosure of information concerning them. According to the Respondent, he had given an opportunity to both these officials of the University as third parties to make any representation they wished. Respondent states that he has accepted the plea of the third parties against non-disclosure of the information demanded.

4. Respondent further argues before us that he would like to claim exemption from disclosure of the information demanded under section 8(i)(j) of RTI Act. Both sides are directed to give their arguments in writing to the Commission.

5. Oral arguments heard. Judgment reserved.


(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh
Dated: 18.07.2007

Lt. Gen.P.K.Grover (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner



(Mrs. Ravi Singh ) State Information Commissioner

Shri Rajesh Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB
S.C.O. No. 84-85, SECTOR 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Shri Rajesh Kumar,
# 51, New Lal Bagh Colony,
Patiala.
….Complainant
Vs

Public Information Officer,
O/o Vice Chancellor,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. …Respondent

CC No. 1023 of 2007

ORDER
Present:
Shri Rajesh Kumar, Complainant in person.
Shri R.S. Singla, Sr. Assistant on behalf of the Respondent.

Information in question pertains to the Regulations under which the Punjabi University permits only girls to appear as private candidates in examinations conducted by the University. The question posed is as to why the boys are not extended the same facility.

2. In response to this request for information, the University replied on 11-5-2007 that according to the Regulations, only girls are permitted this facility of private candidature. The Complainant submits before us that the Respondent should give reasons for denying the boys this facility, while allowing the girls to appear in the examinations as privates candidates.

3. On going through this matter, we find that the request of the Complainant requires the Respondent to give reasons as to why a particular decision has been taken. According to RTI Act, 2005, the Complainant is free to seek information that is available on record, and the Respondent is obliged to deliver the same. The PIO is not, however, required to give his opinion/explanation justifying any decision taken by the Public Authority.

4. In the circumstances, the request here is not to be considered a demand for information at all. No further action is, therefore, required.

5. The case is, accordingly, disposed of. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.

(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner
Patiala
Dated: 16.07.2007
(Mrs. Ravi Singh ) State Information Commissioner

NARINDER SINGH Versus PUNJABI UNIV PATIALA and ORS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

C.W.P. No. 1011 of 2005

DATE OF DECISION: 5.7.2007

Narinder Singh …Petitioner
Versus
Punjabi University, Patiala and others …Respondents

CORAM:
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE M.M. KUMAR
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE ARVIND KUMAR

Present:
Mr. S.D. Sharma, Senior Advocate, with
Ms. Bindu Goel, Advocate, for the petitioner.
Mr. G.S. Ghuman, Advocate, for respondent Nos. 2 and 3.
Mr. A.K. Walia, Advocate, for respondent No. 4.

JUDGMENT
M.M. KUMAR, J.
This petition filed under Article 226 of the Constitution prays for issuance of directions to respondent Nos. 2 to 4 to vacate the posts of Security Guard, which have been illegally occupied by them. It has further been prayed that this Court may declare the appointments of respondent Nos. 2 to 4 as illegal because they failed to answer the qualification as per Advertisement No. 741, dated 19.8.2003 (P-1) for appointment to the post of Security Guard at the Punjabi University, Patiala-respondent No. 1 (for brevity, ‘the C.W.P. No. 1011 of 2005 University’). The petitioner has also prayed that direction be issued to the University to appoint him as Security Guard.

Brief facts of the case are that the University advertised three posts of Security Guard in the category of Handicapped Person, vide Advertisement No. 741/PRO/Rect., dated 19.8.2003, in the pay scale of Rs. 2520-4140. The qualifications advertised were (a) that the candidate should have passed 8th Class with Punjabi as one of the subject; (b) that age of the candidate should be between 18-50 years on the date of publication of the advertisement; (c) that candidates were required to produce a medical certificate of 40% permanent/partial disability of upper or lower extremity and deformity but otherwise fit for employment against the post applied for. The medical certificate was required to be obtained from Class-I Medical Officer of Government Medical Institution or a Government Hospital. The candidates who were having less than 40%
permanent/partial disability could have apply yet a certificate to the effect that such a candidate was otherwise fit for employment was required to be obtained and produced; and (d) the medical certificate was required to be obtained and produced from Class-I Medical Officer of any Government Medical Institution or Government Hospital or it could be obtained/produced from PMO/CMO/Civil Surgeon of the area where the candidate was permanently residing.

The petitioner claims that he fulfilled all the eligibility conditions and had applied for the post of Security Guard with all certificates before 10.9.2003. He was interviewed on 21.9.2004.

Likewise, respondent Nos. 2 to 4, who had also applied were called
for interview on 29.9.2004 although they were not eligible.

Respondent Nos. 2 to 4 were discharged Sepoys of the Army and none of them was handicapped nor they have arms license. It is alleged that they did not produce any experience certificate.

Respondent Nos. 2 to 4 are the permanent residents of Patiala and they were required to obtain handicapped certificate from the PMO/CMO/Civil Surgeon, Patiala, but none of them obtained the certificates from the authorities aforementioned. On 20.10.2003, the University had sent to all the candidates a communication for production of certificates from the office of Civil Surgeon, who was to certify that they were fit to do the civil job. The certificate was required to be produced on or before 5.11.2003.

The certificates could not be produced by respondent Nos. 2 to 4 till 5.11.2003, whereas the petitioner had produced his certificate of 10% handicapness along with fitness certificate. He had also produced his arms licence and fitness certificate from Civil Surgeon, Patiala, where he
permanently reside. The petitioner was not selected whereas respondent Nos. 2 to 4 have been selected as Security Guards.

The stand taken by Shri Harchand Singh-respondent No. 2 in his written statement is that he had sent his application, which was duly forwarded to the competent authority (R-2/1) along with his certificate of 10th class (R-2/2 and R-2/3), a copy of the degree of Bachelor of Arts and detailed marks (R-2/4 and R-2/5) were also sent.

It has further been claimed by respondent No. 2 that after having served in the army for 16 years, he was invalidated out from service under Category ‘BEE (T)’ with 30% disability, as is sought to be projected from a copy of the proceedings of the Invalidation Medical Board along with opinion of the Specialist (R-2/6). Respondent No. 2 has also placed reliance on a certificate signed by the Medical Officer, Ex-Military Hospital, Patiala, regarding his medical category and fitness for the post of Security Guard (R-2/7). It is claimed that the selection and appointment of respondent No. 2 is based on merit and does not suffer from any legal infirmity.

In his separate written statement filed by respondent No. 4, it has been claimed that he is an Ex-serviceman and was discharged from the Army under Army Rule 13(3) as he was placed in the medical category lower than ‘Shape-I’. He was not up to the prescribed military standards under Item III of the table annexed to Army Rule 13(3). He has claimed that he is an Ex-serviceman and handicapped person. The certificate with regard to disability of respondent No. 4 issued by the Army Authorities was also endorsed by the Civil Surgeon, Patiala and he has been certified to be
handicapped person. He has also claimed that he was declared fit for civil employment.

In their separate written statement filed by the Acting Civil Surgeon, Patiala, on behalf of respondent Nos. 5 and 6, it has been asserted in para 7 that no certificate certifying the handicappedness of respondent No. 2-Shri Harchand Singh was ever issued by the office of the Civil Surgeon, Patiala. It has been clarified that respondent No. 2 had appeared in the office of the Civil Surgeon, Patiala, on 21.10.2004 with regard to medical examination for first entry into service in handicapped quota after having been selected as Security Guard in the University, vide letter No. 26161, dated 19.10.2004. He was referred to Professor, Head of Cardiology Department, Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, for his examination and determination of percentage of disability. He, however, did not
produce any report regarding disability before the Civil Surgeon and information in that respect was sent to the University vide letter No. 2226, dated 30.11.2004, with a copy to the Professor, Head of Cardiology Department, Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. A reminder was also sent to the University on 27.12.2004.

In respect of respondent No. 3-Shri Paramjit Singh, it has been asserted that the certificate dated 28.8.2003, certifying his handicapped-ness as 40% was issued on 28.8.2003 (R-1/T). Another certificate showing that he was medically fit on his first entry into service was issued to him by the Civil Surgeon on 8.11.2004 with the remarks that he was fit for civil job in handicapped quota.

In respect of respondent No. 4-Shri Jagmail Singh, it has also been asserted that no certificate certifying his handicapped-ness was ever issued by the Civil Surgeon, Patiala. It is claimed that a medical certificate regarding his first entry into service was issued to him on 26.10.2004 with the remarks that he was relieved by the army in GL ‘BEE’ permanent; a case of labile hypertension; fit with medication.

Mr. S.D. Sharma, learned senior counsel has argued that respondent Nos. 2 to 4 do not fulfill the essential qualification as per the requirement of the advertisement (P-1). He has drawn our attention to the advertisement dated 19.8.2003, to show that a handicapped candidate was to produce a medical certificate of 40% permanent/partial disability of upper or lower extremity, deformity but otherwise fit for employment against the post applied for from the prescribed authority. In the case of Security Guard, candidates having less than 40% permanent/partial disability could also apply.

The medical certificate regarding handicapped-ness could be produced after getting it issued from any Class-I Medical Officer of Government Medical Institution/Hospital or the PMO/CMO/Civil Surgeon of that place where the candidate is permanently resides.

Learned counsel has maintained that paragraph 7 of the written statement filed by respondent Nos. 5 and 6 would show that no certificate of handicapped-ness was issued to respondent No. 2-Shri Harchand Singh, who had merely appeared in the office of the Civil Surgeon on 21.10.2004 with regard to his medical examination regarding first entry into service. Mr. Sharma, learned counsel has then referred to the facts in respect of respondent No. 3-Shri Paramjit Singh, who was issued a certificate of handicapped-ness (R-1/T) and also certificate of medical fitness regarding his first entry into service.

t has further been pointed out that there is a candid assertion in respect of respondent No. 4-Shri Jagmail Singh, by the Civil Surgeon, who has stated that no certificate of handicapped-ness was issued to him.

Mr. G.S. Ghuman, learned counsel for respondent Nos. 2 and 3 and Mr. A.K. Walia, learned counsel for respondent No. 4, have argued that the persons who have been discharged from the army on account of lower medical category must be considered as handicapped. In that regard, learned counsel have drawn our attention to the certificate Annexure R-2/6, which shows that respondent No. 2 was placed in medical category ‘BEE (T)’. a reference has also been made to the summary and opinion of Lt. Col. Arun Tyagi and other certificates showing that respondent No. 2-Shri Harchand Singh was fit for civil employment for the post of Security
Guard. However, both the learned counsel have not been able to answer the candid stand taken by respondent Nos. 5 and 6 in para 7 of the written statement nor any written statement has been filed by the University.

After hearing learned counsel for the parties, we are of the considered view that this petition deserves acceptance and the accordingly the selection and appointment of respondent Nos. 2 and 4 is liable to be set aside. According to the advertisement, three posts of Security Guard (Estate-2) were advertised to be filled from amongst the handicapped candidates. The opening portion of the advertisement along with Item 3 concerning Security Guard, issued on 19.8.2003 (P-1) reads as under:-

Advt. No. 741/PRO/Rect. 19 August, 2003 Applications on prescribed form are invited from the Handicapped Candidates only for the following posts so as to reach the Deputy Registrar (Estt.) Punjabi University, Patiala-147002 by 10-9-2003.

3. SECURITY GUARD-3 (Estate-2), (Museum and Art Galary-1) 2520-4140 interim salary Rs. 2620.

Qualifications:
Eighth class passed with Punjabi Subject.

Age should be between 18-50 years. Ex-service men and particularly those having own licensed arms will be given preference.

According to the Note of the advertisement, the following requirements were to be fulfilled:-

Note:
1. Those persons who are suffering as per below will be considered as handicap.

Handicapped candidate should produce a Medical certificate of 40% permanent/partial disability of upper or lower extremity, deformity but otherwise fit for employment against the post applied for from the prescribed authority.

In the case of Security Guards candidates having less than 40% permanent/partial disability can also apply.

2. The Medical Certificate regarding handicapped-ness be produced after getting it issued from the below written persons mentioning therein that the applicant is fit for civil job.

(a) Any Class-I Medical Officer of Government Medical Institution/Hospital. OR

(b) The place where the applicant permanently resides, the PMO/CMO/Civil Surgeon of that place or of that district. Application forms can be obtained from the Head Publication Bureau, Punjabi University, Patiala-147002 on payment of Rs. 100/- at the counter or by sending a demand draft in favour of the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala to Head Publication Bureau along with a self addressed envelop (25 x 10 cms) affixed with the postage stamps worth Rs. 15/- and indicating on it the name of the post applied for.

It is, thus, obvious that a candidate was required to be handicapped. The literary meaning of expression ‘handicap’ could only be one that is ‘a physical or mental disability that results in partial or total inability to perform social, occupational or other normal day-to-day activities’. It is evident from para 7 of the written statement filed by respondent Nos. 5 and 6 that respondent Nos. 2 and 4 have never obtained any certificate of handicapped-ness. One of the competent authority to issue certificate of handicapped-ness was PMO/CMO/Civil Surgeon of the place or the district where the candidate permanently resides. The University has also failed to file reply and the reply filed by respondent Nos. 2, 3 and 4 failed to disclose any certificate of handicapped-ness. They have attached
discharge certificate from the Army certifying them to be person belonging to lower medical category and there is nothing on record to
show that they suffer any physical or mental disability, which may bring them within the category of handicap person. However, in respect of respondent No. 3-Shri Paramjit Singh, certificate has been issued by the Civil Surgeon certifying that he is handicapped as he lost left eye leading to a permanent disability of 40% (R-1/T).

In view of the above, the selection and appointments of respondent Nos. 2 and 4 to the post of Security Guard in the handicapped category is hereby quashed. A direction is issued to the respondents to consider the case of the petitioner for appointment if he fulfills and answer all the qualifications as laid down in the advertisement. If the petitioner is not found fit then both the posts of Security Guard be re-advertised and filled up in accordance with law otherwise one remaining post may be filled up.

The writ petition stands disposed of in the above terms.

(M.M. KUMAR)
JUDGE

(ARVIND KUMAR)
JUDGE

Sh Tejinder Singh Bedi versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Tejinder Singh Bedi,
Superintendent (SC/BC Cell),
Punjabi University, Patiala. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 705 of 2007

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii)Sh. R.L.Singla, Sr. Assistant, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The respondent has informed the Court that the information required by the complainant has been provided to him.

The complainant himself has sent intimation that he would not be able to attend the hearing today but has not requested for any adjournment.

Disposed of.


(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Dated: 29th June, 2007

Sh Tejinder Singh Bedi versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Tejinder Singh Bedi,
Superintendent (SC/BC Cell),
Punjabi University, Patiala. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 705 of 2007

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii)Sh. R.L.Singla, Sr. Assistant, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The respondent has informed the Court that the information required by the complainant has been provided to him.

The complainant himself has sent intimation that he would not be able to attend the hearing today but has not requested for any adjournment.

Disposed of. (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Dated: 29th June, 2007

Sh Yash Pal Sachdeva versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Yash Pal Sachdeva,
HIG-694, urban Estate,
Phase-1, Patiala. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 636 of 2007

Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh. Ram Lok Singla, Sr. Assistant, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The complainant is not present. The required information has been provided by the respondent to the complainant who has recorded that he is satisfied with the information which has been supplied.

Disposed of.


(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner, State Information Commissioner

Dated: 21st June, 2007

Mrs Daisy Walia versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Mrs. Daisy Walia,
# 2-A, Gurudwara Moti Bagh Colony,
Patiala. -------------------------------- Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
---------------------------------- Respondent

CC No. 291 of 2007

ORDER

Present:
None is present on behalf of the Complainant.
Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent.

This case was heard by us on 11.04.2007 and the judgment was reserved. The judgment was pronounced on 23.05.2007. Vide this order dated 23.05.2007, the Respondent was directed to supply the information against item No. (viii) and (ix) to the Complainant within 15 days and to place on record a copy of the order passed by the Hon’ble High Court directing the placing of documents in sealed cover. The case was fixed for further proceeding for today that is 13.06.2007.

2. The Respondent submits that information directed to be supplied by order dated 23.05.2007 by the Commission may be exempted on the grounds that the related matter is pending before the Hon’ble High Court.

3. As the Complainant is not present, the case is adjourned to 23.07.2007. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.



Rajan Kashyap
Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh
Dated: 13.06.2007
Surinder Singh State Information Commissioner

Dr Daisy Walia versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB

S.C.O. NO. 84-85, SECTOR-17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Dr. Daisy Walia,
# 2-A, Gurudwara Moti Bagh Colony,
Patiala . …….Complainant.
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ……..Respondent

CC No. 291 of 2007

ORDER

In this case, arguments were heard on 11.04.2007 and the judgment was reserved.
2. The Complainant in the instant case has demanded information from the Respondent on ten items. Information on item nos. (vi), (vii) and (x) has already been supplied. Regarding the remaining items, the Respondent has claimed exemption. Information has, thus, not been supplied against item nos. (i) to (v), (viii) and (ix).

3. Against items no. (i) to (v) the Complainant demands the following information:-
“(i) Reports of experts regarding published work of Sh. Madhukar Anand for the Regular post of Professor in Dance, Punjabi University, Patiala.

(ii) Names of the Published Books of Sh. Madhukar Anand along with names of Publishers and their addresses and year of Publication.

(iii) Names of experts with their Designations and fields of the whom the published work was sent in the case of Sh. Madhukar Anand for evaluation for the Regular post of Professor in Dance, Punjabi University, Patiala.

(iv) Names of Experts and their Designation who were in the Board of interview held on 21.09.2006, for the Regular post of Professor in Dance, Punjabi University, Patiala.

(v) Whether any of the experts from this Board was also in the interviews held in the Deptt. of Theatre for the posts of Lecturer, Reader, Professor during the last five years? If yes, the posts for which they were in the interview Board.”

4. In relation to these items, the Respondent has taken the plea that the documents demanded have been placed in a sealed cover as per the directions of the Hon’ble High Court and, therefore, disclosure of information pertaining to the contents of the sealed cover would amount to contempt of court. Additionally, the Respondent claims exemption under Section 8(1)(d) of RTI Act, 2005 saying that the publications in question are information concerning commercial confidence, trade secrets and intellectual property. We fail to see how a published book/work can be held to be one containing commercial confidence or a trade secret. It can also not be held to be intellectual property of such a nature, disclosure whereof would harm the competitive position of the author of the published book/work. The plea based on clause (d) of Section 8(i) is, therefore, rejected.

5. Regarding the plea of the Respondent about the documents demanded by the Complainant having been placed in a sealed cover pursuant to an order by the Hon’ble High Court, we observe that the Respondent has not placed on record a copy of the order passed by the Hon’ble High Court in this behalf. In the absence of the copy of the order passed by the Hon’ble High Court, we are not in a position to take a final view on the plea taken by the Respondent. We, therefore, direct the Respondent to place on record a copy of the order passed by the Hon’ble High Court directing the placing of the documents (demanded by the Complainant against item no. (i) to (v) in a sealed cover within 15 days.

6. Against item no. viii, the Complainant has demanded the following information :-
“(viii) Copy of the List of Appointments made on adhoc basis for the posts of Lecturers, Readers and Professors during the last five years.”
7. The plea of the Respondent seeking exemption from disclosure is
that this information does not pertain to the Complainant. The Respondent, however, has stated that if the details of appointment are demanded in relation to a specified individual, the same could be provided.

8. We do not see any merit in the plea taken by the Respondent for not disclosing information against item no. (viii). The mere fact that the information demanded does not personally relate to the Complainant, is no ground for refusing to disclose it. A plea of exemption can be successfully raised only by showing that the matter is covered by any of the clauses of sub-section (1) of Section (8) of RTI Act, 2005. No such case has been made out by the Respondent in support of his plea.

9. We, therefore, direct the Respondent to supply information to the Complainant against item no. (viii) within 15 days.

10. Against item no. (ix), the Complainant has demanded the following information :-
“(ix) List of experts recommended by ACD of Dance Department for the post of lecturers, Readers and Professor for the session 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006 & 2006-2007.”

11. The plea of the Respondent seeking exemption from disclosure of information against item no. (ix) is that the approved panel of experts for the selection of teachers is a confidential information. No Rule, Regulation or any other material has been placed on record in support of this plea. Moreover, exemption from disclosure of information can be claimed only as per the provisions of Section 8 of the RTI Act, 2005. The Respondent has failed to bring his case within any of the clauses of Sub-Section (1) of Section 8 of the Act. The plea of the Respondent is, therefore, rejected.

12. In view of the above, we direct the Respondent to supply information against item no. (ix) to the Complainant within 15 days.
13. To come up for further proceeding on 13.06.2007.

Place: Chandigarh. Rajan Kashyap
Dated: 23.05.2007 Chief Information Commissioner.

Surinder Singh State Information Commissioner

Lt. Gen.P.K. Grover (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

DALIP KAUR Versus THE PANJANI UNI PATIALA CWP 8968 of 2005

C.W.P. No.8968 of 2005

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA
AT CHANDIGARH
Date of Decision:21.05.2007

Smt. Dalip Kaur .....Petitioner
Vs.
The Panjabi University, Patiala and others
.....Respondents

CORAM:-
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE M.M.KUMAR
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJESH BINDAL

Present:-
Mr. R.S.Chauhan, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr. R.L.Sharma, Advocate for the respondents.

M.M.Kumar, J.
The prayer made by the petitioner in this petition filed under Article 226 of the Constitution is for quashing order dated 15.3.2005 (Annexure P.3) declining her request to grant compassionate appointment in lieu of death of her husband Atma Singh, who had died on 31.12.2002.

The principal reason for declining the compassionate
appointment to the petitioner is that her sons are already in employment. It has been clarified in para 8 of the reply that her four sons are employed and one of the son is working with the University itself. In addition, the petitioner has received the G.P. Fund, leave encashment and gratuity. It has further been pointed out that the case of the petitioner does not fall within the four corners of the judgment of Hon'ble the Supreme Court in the case of Umesh Kumar Nagpal v. State of Haryana, (1994)4 SCC 138 as the petitioner cannot be considered to be living in penury. The son who is employed with the University had also agreed to look after his mother as
this fact has been mentioned in para 8(ii) of the reply filed by the University.

After hearing learned counsel, we are of the considered view that the compassionate appointment is permitted only in the deserving cases where surviving widow or the children are unable to make both ends meet.

It is an exception carved out to the general rule that the public employment shall be given to all those who are eligible and after considering the claim, the appointment should be offered.

For the afore-mentioned proposition, apart from the judgment in the case of Umesh Kumar Nagpal's case (supra), the other judgments of Hon'ble the Supreme Court like National Hydro Electric Power Corporation v. Nanak Chand, (2004) 12 SCC 487; Commissioner of Public Instructions v. K.R.Vishwanath, (2005) 7 SCC 206 and State of Manipur v. Mohd. Rajaodin, (2003) 7 SCC 511could also be relied upon.

There is no merit in the petition.

Dismissed.

( M.M.KUMAR )
JUDGE

( RAJESH BINDAL )
JUDGE

JAGJITSINGH Versus PUNJABI UNIV AND ORS CWP 7511 of 2007

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA
AT CHANDIGARH

Date of Decision:18.05.2007

Jagjit Singh .....Petitioner
Vs.
Punjabi University, Patiala and others .....Respondents

CORAM:-
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE M.M.KUMAR
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJESH BINDAL

Present:-
Mr. D.N.Tanwar, Advocate for the petitioner.

M.M.Kumar, J.
The prayer made by the petitioner is for regularisation of his service.

The afore-mentioned relief cannot be granted to him in view of the judgment of the Constitution Bench of Hon'ble the Supreme Court in the case of Secretary, State of Karnataka v. Uma Devi, (2006) 4 SCC 1.

Dismissed.

( M.M.KUMAR )
JUDGE

( RAJESH BINDAL )
JUDGE

Sh Manjit Singh Bhatia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. Manjit Singh Bhatia,
# 524, Harinder Nagar,
Patiala. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No.783 of 2006

Present:
i)None, on behalf of the complainant.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate,on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The complainant in this case has requested for an adjournment because he is unable to attend the Court due to ill health.

The counsel for the respondent has informed the Court that the information required by the complainant has been substantially given to him and that there are some points on which some further information will be provided to the complainant before the next date of hearing.

In the above circumstances, the request of the complainant is acceded to and the case is adjourned to 10 AM on 5-7-2007 for confirmation of compliance.



(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner State Information Commissioner

ARPANA SHARMAand ANR Versus STATE OF PUNJAB and ORS Cr Misc 28034 M of 2007

Mr Sanjeev Gupta, Advocate.

The petitioners, apprehending danger to their life on account of solemnization of their marriage amongst themselves, have approached this Court seeking protection.

It is stated that both the petitioners are major. Petitioner-1 is studying in LL.B 4th semester. Petitioner-2 is M.A. pass in Defence and Strategic Study, Punjabi University, Patiala. He is earning handsome salary.

Apart from doing private tuitions, he is also an agent of the Life Insurance Corporation of India. The petitioners developed a liking for each other and solemnized their marriage amongst themselves on 23.4.2007 at Shiv Mandir, Safabadi Gali, Patiala according to Hindu rites and ceremonies.

Photographs showing the solemnization of their marriage are placed on record as Annexure P5. The said marriage, being an inter-caste marriage, is not to the liking of the parents of petitioner-1. They started filing
complaints against the petitioners especially petitioner-2 and his family members alleging that petitioner-1 has been kidnapped.

After hearing learned counsel for the petitioners and perusing the record, it may appropriately be noticed that the petitioners have not approached respondents-2 and 3 setting out their grievances as have been made in the present petition. They would, in fact, be in a better position to know the ground realities and also grant the relief prayed for by the petitioners.

In the circumstances, the criminal misc petition is disposed of with a direction that in case the petitioners approach respondents-2 and 3 setting out their grievances as have been made in the present petition, the same would be duly considered and looked into by them independently and in accordance with law.

( S.S.SARON )
Judge

DR PARTAP SINGH Versus PB UNIV and ORS CWP 20295 of 2005

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA
AT CHANDIGARH

Date of Decision:01.05.2007

Dr. Partap Singh .....Petitioner
Vs.
Punjabi University Patiala and another .....Respondents

CORAM:-
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE M.M.KUMAR
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJESH BINDAL

Present:-
Mr. K.S.Bassi, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr. Kanwaljit Singh, Senior Advocate with
Mr. Inderdeep Singh, Advocate for the respondents.

M.M.Kumar, J. (Oral)
The instant petition is directed against charge-sheet dated 3.6.2005 (Annexure P.5) issued against the petitioner. After the issuance of notice of motion, the disciplinary proceedings had been initiated and inquiry report has been finalised. The inquiry report has been placed for consideration of Syndicate after following due procedure in its meeting on 27.3.2007 which is yet to be confirmed. Therefore, at this stage no relief could be given to the petitioner. Needless to say that the petitioner would be entitled to challenge the order passed in pursuance to the disciplinary proceeding as it may give the petitioner a fresh cause of action.

Accordingly, the writ petition is dismissed.

( M.M.KUMAR )
JUDGE

( RAJESH BINDAL )
JUDGE

PARTAP SINGH Versus PUNJABI UNIV AND ORS CWP 16497 of 2004

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA
AT CHANDIGARH

Date of Decision:01.05.2007

Dr. Partap Singh .....Petitioner
Vs.
Punjabi University Patiala and others .....Respondents

CORAM:-
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE M.M.KUMAR
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJESH BINDAL

Present:-
Mr. K.S.Bassi, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr. Kanwaljit Singh, Senior Advocate with Mr. Inderdeep
Singh, Advocate for the respondents.

M.M.Kumar, J. (Oral)
Learned counsel for the petitioner states that the writ petition has been rendered infructuous on account of retirement of the petitioner from the post of Professor.

Ordered accordingly.

( M.M.KUMAR )
JUDGE

( RAJESH BINDAL )
JUDGE

Sh Sunil Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. Sunil Kumar,
# 9006, Opp. Shiv Mandir,
Mini Secretariat Road,
Bathinda. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Vice Chancellor,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 336 of 2007

Present: None.

ORDER

Neither the complainant nor the respondent is present. The complainant has either got the required information or is no longer interested in the same.

Disposed of.
.
(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner State Information Commissioner

Dated: 20th April, 2007

Sh Yash Paul Sachdeva versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No. 32-34,(1st Floor), Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.
Sh.Yash Paul Sachdeva,
R/o HIG 694, Urban Estate,Phase I,
Patiala. ---------- Complainant.


Vs

The Public Information Officer,
O/o The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ………….Respondent

CC No. 39 of 2007

Present:
i ) Sh. Yash Paul Sachdeva, complainant in person
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The required information to the extent available with the respondent has been provided to the complainant and no further action is required to be taken in this case, which is disposed of.


(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner, State Information Commissioner

Dated 12th April, 2007.

Sh Harminder Singh Khokhar versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No. 32-34,(1st Floor), Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.
Sh. Harminder Singh Khokhar,
# 306, Lahori Gate,
Patiala.
…………Complainant

Vs

The Public Information Officer,
O/o The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ………….Respondent

CC No. 253 and 350 of 2007

Present:
i) Sh. Harmohinder Singh Khokhar, complainant in person.
Ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate,on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

In both these cases, the complainant and the respondent are the same and they are therefore being taken up together. The information required by the complainant has been provided by the respondent in both the cases, except that a document, namely, the letter written by Prof. Narinder Singh Kapoor, which has been quoted in the letter of Dr. Gulshan Rai Kataria, has been stated by the respondent to be not available on record. In fact, in CC-69/2006, which has been decided by the Bench of CIC, it has been recorded that an inquiry was also instituted by the Vice Chancellor into the loss of the concerned document but the same could not be found and this conclusion was accepted by the Hon’ble Bench in that case. Secondly, the complainant wants copies of three explanations called for from him and his replies (total six documents) which have been referred to in a report of his conduct, which states that it pertains to the period from 25th March,2002 to 25th November,2002. The six documents supplied by the University cover the period from 19-6-2001 to 4-9-2002. The complainant was informed by Shri Rajinder Singh, Senior Assistant, office of the Punjabi University, in the Court today that apart from these six documents, there is no other explanation which was sought from him.

Disposed of.



(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner, State Information Commissioner
Dated 12th April, 2007.

Shri Manjit Singh Bhatia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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


.Shri Manjit Singh Bhatia
524, Harinder Nagar,
Patiala …Complainant

Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar
Punjabi University,
Patiala
. …..Respondent.



CC No.783 of 2006


Present:
Shri Manjeet Singh, Bhatia complainant in person.
Mr. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate for respondent-department.

ORDER

It seems that the earlier complaint of Shri Bhatia was dealt by Shri P.K. Verma, State Information Commissioner. Accordingly this case also stands transferred to Shri P.K. Verma for dealing along with CC No. 474/2006.

Case stands transferred to Shri P.K. Verma, State Information Commissioner for further disposal.

Sd/- Sd/-
( P.P.S. Gill) ( R. K. Gupta)
State Information Commissioner State Information Commissioner

Sh Yash Paul Sachdeva versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.
Sh.Yash Paul Sachdeva,
R/o HIG 694, Urban Estate,Phase I,
Patiala. ---------- Complainant.


Vs
The Public Information Officer,
O/o The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ………….Respondent

CC No. 39 of 2007

Present:
i ) Sh. Yash Paul Sachdeva, complainant in person
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

.Further information has been provided by the respondent to the complainant today, but he is still not satisfied. The respondent has undertaken to remove the deficiencies which have been pointed out by the complainant in the information given to him, within 10 days.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 12-4-2007 for confirmation of compliance.



(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner State Information Commissioner

Dated 30th March, 2007

Sh Satnam Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No.32-33-34, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Satnam Singh ......Complainant
Vs.

PIO, O/O Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala. .....Respondent

CC No. 786 of 2006:

Present:
None for tne complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the PIO.

Order:
The applicant had originally applied on 1.9.06 for supply of copy of decision of Syndicate to discontinue M. Phil courses. The Punjabi University, vide its letter dated 20.9.06 asked the complainant regarding the number and date of the notification in question. Again with reference to Commission’s letter dated 22.11.06, the University vide its letter dated 14.12.06, gave certain details regarding the suspension of M.Phil Courses during previous year and giving admission during the current academic session. On the last date of hearing Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate has produced certain documents, which was not adequate and the PIO was directed vide order dated 20.3.07 that correct and to the point information, as per the original application of the applicant be supplied by 28th March, 2007 positively with a copy to the Commission for record.
2. Today, Shri Vikrant Shaarma, Counsel on behalf of the Punjabi University appeared with a letter dated 26.3.07, information regarding in various courses during the academic year 2006-07 and two letter dated 19.3.07 regarding suspension of M.Phil Classes at the University Campus and withdrawal of letter dated 7.3.07 earlier written by the University, along with the received of information by the complainant Shri Satnam Singh. Since the complainant was not present in the Court on the 20.3.07 as well as today, it is presumed that he has got the information upto his satisfaction.

2. Hence the case stands disposed of accordingly.
SD: SD:
(Mrs. Rupan Deol Bajaj) (Mrs. Ravi Singh)
State Information Commissioner State information Commissioner
March 28,2007

Dr KS Sidhu versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Dr.K.S.Sidhu,
44-Sidhu Villa Passey Road,
Patiala (Punjab ) …………....Complainant
Vs.
Public Information Officer
o/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ………….Respondent

CC No.69 of 2006
ORDER

On 06.02.2007, this case was adjourned to 20.03.2007 for pronouncement of judgment on the question of imposition of penalty upon the Respondent and the award of compensation to the Complainant.

2. It is an admitted position that the documents demanded by the Complainant in his original request for information have mostly been supplied. The only document regarding which the dispute between the parties subsisted is one letter allegedly written by one Mr. N.S.Kapoor (and Ex-PRO). Though this document was not specifically asked for by the Complainant in his original request for information, he started claiming it during the course of the proceedings before the Commission as being part of the ex-parte enquiry record conducted against the Complainant. Pursuant to directions given by the Commission, an affidavit was submitted by the Public Information Officer of the Respondent on 20.11.2006, stating that the Respondent University does not have the original of the letter written by Mr. N.S. Kapoor in its records. According to this affidavit, the said letter of Mr. N.S.Kapoor has been re-produced in a letter by Mr. Gulshan Rai Kataria. It was thus contended that photocopy of the original letter of Mr. N.S.Kapoor could not be supplied being not available.

3. On 20.11.2006, the matter was again heard by the Commission. At the time of this hearing, the stand taken by the Respondent was that the document in question that is the letter by Mr. N.S.Kapoor was not traceable. This was stated by the Respondent in an affidavit, a copy whereof was also supplied to the Complainant. As the Complainant was not satisfied with the efforts of the

Respondent to locate the missing document, we directed the Vice-Chancellor of the University to cause an enquiry to be conducted into the loss of the document in question and adjourned the hearing of the case to 2nd January, 2007.

4. Pursuant to the direction contained in our order dated 20.11.2006, an enquiry was conducted by the University and a report dated 28.12.2006, containing the findings of the enquiry was filed by the Respondent with the Commission. As per the enquiry report the document in question is definitely not on the record of the Respondent University.

5. That thereafter the matter came up before the Commission on 02.01.2007. In the order dated 02.01.2007, the Commission recorded its finding as under :-
“Since the document in question has not been traced despite best efforts, we cannot proceed any further in regard to its delivery. We can only conclude that such document is no longer on record”.

6. On 06.02.2007, the arguments on behalf of the Complainant as well as the Respondent on the question of imposition of penalty upon the Respondent and the award of compensation to the Complainant were heard.

7. We have given our thoughtful consideration to the entirety of the facts and circumstances of the case. It is seen that almost the entire information demanded by the Complainant has already been delivered to him and that sincere efforts have been made by the Respondent to trace the missing document that is the letter by Mr. N.S.Kapoor. An enquiry was also conducted by the University into the loss of the document pursuant to the directions given by the Commission. In our view, it is not a fit case in which imposition of penalty under Section 20 of the RTI Act, 2005, or the award of compensation under Section 19 (8) of the Act is called for. We order accordingly.

8. The case is disposed of as above.

(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh
Dated: 20.03.2007
(Surinder Singh ) State Information Commissioner


Lt. Gen.P.K.Grover (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Satnam Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Satnam Singh
......Complainant
Vs.

PIO, Registrar, Punjabi University ,Patiala. .....Respondent

CC No. 786 of 2006.

Present:
None for the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the PIO.

Order:

The applicant had originally applied on 1.9.06 for supply of copy of decision of syndicate to discontinue M, Phil courses The Punjabi University, vide its letter dated 20.9.06. asked the complainant regarding the number and date of the notification in question. Again with reference to Commission’s letter dated 22.11.06, the University vide its letter dated 14.12.06, gave certain details regarding the suspension of M. Phil Courses during previous year and giving admissions during the current academic session. Today, on the date of hearing Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate has produced a letter in which it is stated that due to lack of infrastructure and hostel facilities in some departments, admission to M. Phil courses was suspended during the academic session 2006-07, whereas the admissions in M. Phil courses given in the previous year are continuing well. It is also mentioned in this letter regarding the admissions given in certain subjects under Correspondence courses during the year 2006-07. In another letter dated 19.3.07, the PIO, Punjabi University has intimated that the complaint of Shri Satnam Singh, asking for the information under the RTI Act was sent to the Dean of the Academic Affairs (not the correct quarter) who sent the requisite information vide their letter dated 14.12.06. The PIO also apologized regarding the inconvenience caused due to this to the complainant.

2. It is observed that the correct and to the point information as per his application has not yet been provided to the applicant. The PIO is directed to give the correct and relevant information to the applicant by 28.3.07 positively with a copy to this Commission for record.
Adjourned to 28.3.07.
SD: SD:
(Mrs. Rupan Deol Bajaj) (Mrs. Ravi Singh)
State Information Commissioner State Information Commissioner
March 20, 2007.

Sh Yash Pal Sachdeva versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No. 32-34,(1st Floor), Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.

Sh..Yash Pal Sachdeva,
HIG 694,Urban Estate,
Phase 'I,Patiala.
…………Complainant

Vs

The Public Information Officer,
O/oThe Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ………….Respondent

CC No. 39 of 2007

Present:
i) Sh.Yash Pal Sachdeva, complainant in person.
ii) S.Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

Another lot of information was given to the complainant by the respondent in the Court today. The respondent states that information is still being collected on a couple of points which will be given to the complainant within 10 days.

This case accordingly is adjourned to 10 AM on 30-3-2007. On that date, in case the complainant is still unsatisfied with any of the information which has been provided with reference to his application dated 5-10-2006 for the same, he should bring the details of his objections in writing for the consideration of the Court. He may also give a copy of the objections to the respondent in advance so that he may also come prepared to the hearing.



(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner, State Information Commissioner



Dated: 15th March, 2007.

Shri Rajbir Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Vs.

PIO/Punjabi University, Patiala. .....Respondent

CC No.759 of 2006.

Present:
Shri Kamal Anand, Attorney of the Complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, for University-Respondent.
Shri Mohinder Singh Sethi, Supdt (Legal) with him.).

Order:
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocates states that the University has not received the complaint along with its enclosures, although these were sent by the Commission as long back as November 22, 2006, by registered post. However, on the request of the Advocate, a copy of the complaint along with its enclosures has now been handed over to the Advocate in Court.

Last chance is being given to the PIO/University to furnish information by the next date of hearing.

Adjourned to May 2, 2007.


SD:
(Mrs. Ravi Singh)
State Information Commissioner

Manjit Singh Bhatia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Manjit Singh Bhatia
524, Harinder Nagar,
Patiala …Complainant
Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar
Punjabi University,
Patiala
. …..Respondent.
CC No.783 of 2006


Present:
Complainant in person
Mr. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate for respondent-department

ORDER

After hearing both the parties, we find that most of the information has been provided to the complainant. He may go through the same and in case he wants any more information he may contact the representative of the department appeared today who has promised to do the needful.

Case is adjourned to 6.4.2007


( P.P.S. Gill) ( R. K. Gupta)
State Information Commissioner State Information Commissioner

26th February, 2007

GURCHARAN SINGH Versus PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA and ORS CWP 1379 of 2006

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh


Date of decision: 22.2.2007

Dr. Gurcharan Singh .....Petitioner
v.
Punjabi University, Patiala and others .....Respondents

Coram:
Hon'ble Mr. Justice S.S. Nijjar
Hon'ble Mr. Justice S.S. Saron

Present:
Mr. Rajiv Atma Ram, Senior Advocate with Mr. Sunil K.
Nehra, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr. Deepak Sibal, Advocate for respondents No.1 and 2.
None for respondent No.3.
.....
S.S. Saron, J.
The petitioner by way of the present petition under Articles
226/227 of the Constitution of India seeks quashing of the order dated 5.11.2003 (Annexure-P.15) issued by respondent No.1-Punjabi University, Patiala whereby his retirement dues are not being settled on account of the fact that he directly corresponded with one M/s Construct Data Verlag Gmbh Ortsstrasse 54 A-2331, Vosendorf, Austria to include the name of the Punjabi University, Patiala in its `Fair Guide'. The petitioner also seeks the quashing of the order dated 5.10.2005 (Annexure-P.20) declining to convert his premature/voluntary retirement into long leave without pay and also declining the ex-post facto approval regarding sending order to M/s Construct Data Publisher, Austria for `Fair-Guide' without seeking prior consent.

The petitioner, while he was working as Punjabi Professor at
the Punjabi University, Patiala (respondent No.1) applied for appointment as Professor in Punjabi in Delhi University (respondent No.3). The age of retirement in Delhi University was 62 years whereas it was 60 years in Punjabi University. For the purpose of being relieved from Punjabi University, the petitioner initially gave three months advance notice on 1.1.2003 (Annexure-P.1). On coming to know that he has been appointed
he submitted another letter dated 3.3.2003 (Annexure-P.2) for relieving him.

However, on being informed by the officials of the Punjabi University that he could not be relieved, he sought premature retirement and was given a relieving certificate. The petitioner prays for cancellation of the order of premature voluntary retirement and instead he be relieved on account of his appointment as Punjabi Professor in Delhi University.

Written statement has been filed on behalf of respondents No.1
and 2 in which it is stated that the petitioner had sought premature retirement and his request was accepted. He was voluntarily retired w.e.f. 31.3.2003. Thereafter, he joined as Professor in Delhi University. It is then that he came to know that since he had got voluntary retirement from Punjabi University, his pay would not be protected. Therefore, he started representing to the Punjabi University seeking cancellation of his order of voluntary retirement. Besides, it is submitted that there is no provision in the rules for transfer of the retiral benefits of the petitioner to the Delhi University. It is also submitted that the petitioner had placed orders with a foreign company on his own without any sanction or knowledge of the competent authority.

The foreign company was now raising bills directly to the University for which the petitioner alone is to be blamed. The
bills/accounts are liable to be settled by the petitioner as the Punjabi University authorities were not involved in the placement of such orders. It is stated that the allegations regarding the wrong advice said to have been given by the officials of the Punjabi University regarding his being relieved only on submitting request for premature retirement, are vague and are denied. It is prayed that the writ petition be dismissed.

The petitioner filed replication whereby the submissions made in the petition are reiterated. It is submitted that the request for premature retirement was made by the petitioner as a last resort in utter frustration as there was inaction on the part of the Punjabi University. It is denied that there is no provision in the rules and regulations by which the retiral benefits of the petitioner cannot be transferred to the Delhi University. A reference is made to the instructions (Annexure-P.22) regarding transfer of personnel between the Central Government/Autonomous Bodies and State
Governments/Autonomous Bodies and vice-versa. As regards the placing of order for inclusion of the name of the Punjabi University in the `Fair- Guide' of the foreign company, it is submitted that the petitioner has not placed any such order. The documents for publishing the name of Punjabi University in the said guide had been placed before the petitioner by his Personal Assistant and as Director, Planning and Monitoring the petitioner
also put his signatures on the proforma. All the correspondence which comes to the office of the petitioner was marked either from the office of the Vice-Chancellor or from the Registrar. The petitioner, it is submitted, approved the proforma but did not send any material. No material was sent by the petitioner in his personal capacity or for his personal gains. The petitioner is not liable to make any payment with regard to the order said to have been placed by the petitioner for publication of the name of the
Punjabi University with the foreign company.

The learned senior counsel appearing for the petitioner has
contended that the retiral benefits of the petitioner are liable to be
transferred by the Punjabi University to the Delhi University and on account of a technical default of the petitioner submitting his request for voluntary retirement he is not liable to be penalized.

In fact, it was never the intention of the petitioner to seek voluntary retirement and he had only wanted to be relieved in accordance with the rules so that he could get the necessary benefits of service in the Delhi University where he was selected and appointed.

Learned counsel for the respondent-Punjabi University, however, has submitted that the petitioner had in fact sought voluntary retirement and, therefore, at this stage the order seeking voluntary retirement cannot be withdrawn and substituted by an order of continuity in service.

We have given our thoughtful consideration to the matter. The
petitioner joined the Punjabi University, Patiala (respondent No.1) as an Associate Director on 3.8.1976. Thereafter, he was appointed to the post of Reader in the Department of Punjabi. On 1.1.1985, he was promoted to the post of Professor in respondent No.1-Punjabi University. The petitioner in this manner served the Punjabi University, Patiala (respondent No.1) for almost 26 years and 11 months. Had he continued in service of the Punjabi University he would have retired at the age of 60 years on 29.2.2004.

However, the petitioner during his service applied for appointment as Professor of Punjabi in the University of Delhi (respondent No.3) as the retirement age in Delhi University was 62 years. The petitioner was selected and appointed as Professor in the Department of Punjabi in Delhi University vide appointment letter dated 13.2.2003. Earlier to his appointment, the petitioner by a letter dated 1.1.2003 (Annexure-P.1), gave three months' advance notice informing the Vice-Chancellor (respondent No.2) of Punjabi University that he had been selected as Professor of Punjabi at the Delhi University.

Accordingly, he was submitting three months' advance notice so that there may not be any hindrance regarding necessary action.

In case he had to join his duties earlier then relaxation for the remaining period may be given to him. This was followed by a letter dated 3.3.2003 (Annexure-P.2) to the office of Director, Planning and Monitoring Punjabi University, Patiala. It was informed by the petitioner that he had received letter of appointment as Professor in the Department of Punjabi in Delhi University. He had already given three months' advance notice for getting himself relieved from service. Duration of the notice
period would be over on 31.3.2003. He would get himself relieved from service of Punjabi University, Patiala w.e.f. 1.4.2003 (afternoon) and shall be submitting his joining report at Delhi University on 2.4.2003 at 9.00 a.m.

Accordingly, it was requested to relieve him from the University service on the above mentioned date i.e. 1.4.2003 and his pensionary benefits of service of 26 years and 9 months be sent in the name of Registrar, University of Delhi by a bank draft. The proforma of continuity of service was enclosed with the letter duly filled-in by the University office along with the relieving certificate.

The Punjabi University, Patiala did not take any action on the letters (Annexures-P.1 and P.2) submitted by the petitioner. On visiting the Establishment Branch of the University, the petitioner was informed that his service benefits could only be transferred to the Delhi University (respondent No.3) if he sought voluntary retirement from service. The petitioner resisted this course of action as he had been selected through proper channel. He also informed the Punjabi University that if he seeks retirement his basic pay would not be protected. The authorities of the Punjabi University lingered over the matter and insisted that the petitioner should seek premature retirement. Even upto 31.3.2003 nothing was done even though the petitioner was to join Delhi University by 2.4.2003. In utter frustration and left with no option the petitioner submitted a letter dated 31.3.2003 (Annexure-P.3) seeking premature retirement w.e.f. 1.4.2003 (afternoon). It was also prayed that all his service benefits may be transferred in the name of the Registrar, Delhi University and he may be given relieving certificate. The Punjabi University by a letter dated 1.4.2003 (Annexure-P.4) issued a relieving certificate relieving the petitioner from Punjabi University w.e.f. 31.3.2003 after seeking voluntary retirement from service to enable him to join as Professor in the Department of Punjabi at Delhi University. An office order dated 2.4.2003 (Annexure P.5) was also issued to the effect that the Vice-Chancellor had given approval of voluntary retirement of the petitioner w.e.f. 31.3.2003 (Afternoon). The petitioner in fact had desired to be relieved on 1.4.2003 in the afternoon so that he could join Delhi University on 2.4.2003 without a break in his service. In any case, the petitioner had to immediately rush to Delhi University the same day and join. After the petitioner had joined at Delhi University, he submitted a representation dated 25.4.2003 (Annexure-P.6) recounting the circumstances in which he was relieved. It was submitted that he was in fact liable to be relieved from service of the Punjabi University. The order regarding his premature retirement it was prayed may be cancelled. Besides, he may be given extra-ordinary leave without pay till the date of his retirement from Punjabi University with a provision of keeping his lien for the same period in the University so that his last basic pay could be protected in Delhi University. This was followed by another representation dated 6.5.2003 (Annexure-P.7). The petitioner vide letter dated 9.5.2003 (Annexure-P.8) also requested for payment of leave encashment. The Syndicate of the Punjabi University vide Clause 24.17 in its meeting held on 21.6.2003 (Annexure-P.9) recorded that the Vice-Chancellor (respondent No.2) had given his approval for premature retirement of the petitioner w.e.f. 31.3.2003. Besides, the petitioner had requested that all his pensionary benefits of service be sent to the Registrar, Delhi University along with duly filled-in proforma of continuity of service and relieving certificate.

The petitioner thereafter submitted another representation dated 3.7.2003 (Annexure-P.10) to the effect that not only the properly filled proforma of continuity of service should be sent to the Delhi
University but the pensionary dues of his University service should also be transferred as a one time pro rata payment to the Registrar, Delhi University.

Another request vide letter dated 22.9.2003 (Annexure-P.13) was submitted by the petitioner to the Vice-Chancellor (respondent No.2) of Punjabi University that his letter of three months' notice dated 1.1.2003 (Annexure- P.1) may be treated as technical resignation and he may be permitted to withdraw his request of premature retirement from service of the University.

The Punjabi University did not respond to the request made by the petitioner. Rather, by letter dated 5.11.2003 (Annexure-P.15) the petitioner was informed that the Vice-Chancellor had issued instructions that since the petitioner had directly placed an order with one M/s Construct Data in Austria to include the name of the University in the `Fair Guide' without seeking approval of the higher authorities it was ordered that the petitioner should settle the case of payment of bill directly with the said firm and he would not get his retirement dues till he settles this case. The petitioner submitted his representation dated 2.8.2004 (Annexure-P.16) in respect of the communication of the Punjabi University dated 5.11.2003 (Annexure- P.15). The Punjabi University, however, again issued a letter dated 17.8.2004 (Annexure-P.17) informing the petitioner that it had nothing to do with the order placed by the petitioner in his personal capacity with M/s Construct Data Publisher, Austria. It was submitted that the balance payment would be released to the petitioner after he makes full and final payment to the company. This was followed by another letter dated 2.2.2005 (Annexure-P.18) whereby the petitioner was informed that after full and final settlement of accounts with the foreign company information be sent to the Punjabi University. The petitioner, however, vide letter dated 19.5.2005 (Annexure-P.19) requested to send him a certificate to the effect that he had not availed the benefit of advance increments on account of acquiring Ph.D. degree during his service in Punjabi University, Patiala.

The petitioner thereafter vide impugned order dated 5.10.2005 (Annexure- P.20) was informed that as per orders of the Vice-Chancellor (respondent No.2) and as per rules his premature voluntary retirement cannot be converted into long leave without pay and neither ex-post facto approval could be given to him regarding sending order to M/s Construct Data Publisher, Verlag A.G. for `Fair-Guide' without seeking prior consent. As such, it was not possible to make balance payment to him till the accounts were finally settled by him with the foreign company.

The petitioner submitted another representation dated 30.5.2005 (Annexure-P.21) again raising his claim. It was submitted that in case the Punjabi University is to transfer the capitalized value of the petitioner's pension and gratuity to the Delhi University then not only will the petitioner be entitled to pension from the Delhi University but will also get the benefit of service rendered by him
in Delhi University towards pension after it is clubbed with the service rendered by him with the Punjabi University.

Having considered the matter, we are of the view that the real
intention of the petitioner was to have continuity of service while joining as Professor of Punjabi at the Delhi University where the age of retirement was 62 years whereas in the Punjabi University, it was 60 years. The petitioner, at the very first instance, vide his letter dated 1.1.2003 (Annexure-P.1), had sought a letter of his being relieved from the Punjabi University.

The same is the position in the second letter dated 3.3.2003
(Annexure-P.2) where the petitioner submitted the proforma of continuity of service duly filled-in by the University office along with the relieving certificate and prayed that the same be issued along with the relieving certificate. It is only when there was inaction on the part of the Punjabi University that the petitioner on 31.3.2003 (Annexure-P.3) sought premature retirement.

However, even while seeking premature retirement, he sought the transfer of all his service benefits in favour of the Registrar,
University of Delhi. The Punjabi University issued the relieving certificate dated 1.4.2003 (Annexure-P.4) in respect of the petitioner by indicating that he was being relieved w.e.f. 31.3.2003 after seeking voluntary retirement from service of the Punjabi University to enable him to join as Professor in the Department of Punjabi, University of Delhi at Delhi. Therefore, from the documents and material that have been placed on record, it is evident that it was the clear intention of the petitioner to get himself relieved from the Punjabi University so as to join the Delhi University with continuity of service so as to get all the necessary benefits of continuous service. The Punjabi University in fact was also apprised of and had issued the relieving certificate dated 1.4.2003 (Annexure-P.4) so as to enable the petitioner to join the Delhi University as Punjabi Professor. A perusal of Clause 24.17 of the proceedings of the Syndicate of the Punjabi University dated 21.6.2003 (Annexure-P.9) also shows that the petitioner had informed through his letter that he had been appointed as Professor in the Department of Punjabi,
Delhi University and in this context, he gave a notice of three months dated 1.1.2003 (Annexure-P.1) for getting himself relieved. The petitioner had been relieved after giving him premature retirement on his request. It is also recorded that the petitioner had requested that all the payments of pensionary benefits in lieu of his service may be sent in the name of Registrar, Delhi University in the duly filled-in proforma of continuity of service along with a relieving certificate. As per the orders of the Vice- Chancellor of the Punjabi University, while giving him voluntary retirement w.e.f. 31.3.2003 (AN), he was given the relieving certificate. The petitioner, however, had merely used the term - `premature retirement' so as to get the relieving certificate. He did not know the consequences of using
this term. In fact, the real intent was to get himself relieved and have the benefit of continuity of service. The petitioner having served as Professor in the Punjabi University for more than 26 years and only for the purpose of getting further employment by two years had applied for the post of Professor in Punjabi at the Delhi University where he was selected and appointed. Despite persistent queries made to the learned counsel appearing for the Punjabi University as to what prejudice could be caused in case the petitioner had been given the necessary relieving certificate so as to enable him to join at Delhi University, he merely stated that it would set a bad precedent that after an employee on his own had sought voluntary retirement, he would seek the conversion of an order of voluntary premature retirement into that of merely being relieved from service. The Punjabi University in fact has inter-mingled the case of grant of necessary relieving
certificate with that of an order placed by the petitioner to include the name of the Punjabi University in the `Fair-Guide' of M/s Construct Data Verlag, Austria which, it is stated, was dealt with by the petitioner without approval of the higher authorities. The same, in fact, is an independent matter and was not an issue when the petitioner had sought a certificate regarding his being relieved vide letter dated 1.1.2003 (Annexure-P.1) followed by the letter dated 3.3.2003 (Annexure- P.2). From the facts and circumstances of the case and the material placed on record, we are satisfied that the real intent of the petitioner was to get himself relieved so as to join service at the Delhi University and if a relieving certificate had been issued by the Punjabi University, it would not have caused any prejudice to it. This is more so for the reason that the Punjabi University has not shown any statutory rules or regulations which would dis-entitle a University Professor for being appointed from one University to another without break in his service. The petitioner in fact has placed on record instructions (Annexure-P.22) issued by the Government of India, Department of Pension and Pension Welfare regarding transfer of personnel between Central Government/Autonomous
Bodies and State Governments and vice-versa. It is inter alia provided that there are instructions which provide for counting of service towards pension on transfer of an employee from the Central Government to Central Autonomous Body having a pension scheme of its own. The same procedure applies in case of employees of the autonomous bodies who are permanently absorbed under the Central Government. Certain employees of
the State Governments and State Autonomous Bodies who joined the Central Autonomous Bodies/Statutory Bodies had represented that their service under the State Government/State Autonomous body may be allowed to be counted towards pension under the Central Autonomous body where they were working. It is further recorded that certain Central Government servants and employees of Central Autonomous Bodies/Statutory Bodies who had joined Autonomous Bodies/Statutory Bodies (excluding Public Undertakings) of the State Governments may be desirous of getting the benefit of counting of service under the Central Government/Autonomous Bodies towards pension in the organizations where they were presently working. In the circumstances, it was felt that reciprocal arrangements may be entered into with the various State Governments to the effect that where employees of the State
Governments/State Autonomous Bodies/Statutory Bodies, have been absorbed in the Central Bodies they may be allowed the same benefits as have been extended to the Central Government servants and vice-versa. It is further recorded in the said instructions as follows:-

3. The question of extension of various benefits like counting of service, etc., in the cases if (i) employes of the Central Government absorbed in State Autonomous Bodies, and (ii) employees of central Autonomous Bodies absorbed in State Governments and State Autonomous Bodies, and vice versa, has been considered in consultation with the State Governments.

After careful consideration, the President has now been pleased to decide that these cases may be decided in accordance with the principles as laid down in the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, O.M. No.28/10/84- Pension Unit, dated 29.8.1984 [vide Order 6(i) above]. The cases of Central Government servants appointed in State Governments and vice versa will continue to be decided a hitherto.

4. Similar orders regarding counting of service of the Central Government employees in the event of their absorption in the State Autonomous Bodies and employees of the Central Autonomous Bodies in the State Government, and State Autonomous Bodies, as well as orders regarding acceptance of
pension liability, etc., in respect of State Government and State
Autonomous Bodies' employees absorbed in Central Autonomous Bodies and employees of State Autonomous Bodies absorbed in Central Government will be issued by the
respective State Government.

5. These orders shall apply to employees of the State Government and State Autonomous Bodies moving to Central
Government, Central Government Autonomous Bodies.

6. These orders will apply to the employees of the Central Government moving to State Autonomous Bodies and employees of Central Autonomous Bodies to the State Governments and their Autonomous Bodies mentioned in Para 5 above and vice versa who are in service on the date of issue of these orders, irrespective of the date of their absorption.

The memo dated 29.8.1984 referred to above has been placed on record as Annexure-P.23 which deals with the case of transfer of Central Government servants to Central Autonomous Bodies and vice-versa and employees of Central Autonomous Bodies to another Central Autonomous Bodies. The procedure would apply in view of the instructions (Annexure P.22). In any case, the pensionary benefits for the service rendered by the petitioner with the Delhi University is to be given by it after counting the
service rendered by the petitioner with the Punjabi University.

The Delhi University does not appear to have any objection to the grant of said benefit.

However, the Punjabi University is objecting to the same primarily on the ground that it would set a bad precedent. In fact, the petitioner has also only sought the service benefits for the period of service rendered by him with the Punjabi University to the extent of about 26 years and 11 months be transferred in the name of the Registrar, Delhi University. This also would show that no extra benefit is being taken by the petitioner from the Punjabi University. Therefore, no prejudice of any kind is being caused to the Punjabi University.

The matter of placing orders without prior consent for inclusion of the name of the University in the `Fair-Guide' of a foreign company, in the circumstances, is to be dealt with separately by the University and in case the petitioner is liable for the same, appropriate action in that regard in accordance with law may be taken. The same, however, has nothing to do with his being relieved otherwise than on voluntary premature retirement.

In the circumstances, the action of the respondent-Punjabi University in prematurely retiring the petitioner and then issuing the relieving order to enable him to join at Delhi University, is liable to be invalidated and the premature voluntary retirement is liable to be converted into the kind of leave due without pay in accordance with the rules and regulations of the respondent-Punjabi University. However, the question of the liability, if any, of the petitioner being responsible for placing the orders with the foreign company for including the name of the University in the
`Fair-Guide', is left open to be considered by the Punjabi University, in accordance with law.

For the foregoing reasons, this petition is allowed by holding that the action of the respondent-Punjabi University in declining to convert his voluntary premature retirement into long leave without pay is quashed and the respondent-Punjabi University shall issue the necessary relieving certificate to the petitioner so as to enable him to join as Professor in Punjabi at Delhi University, Delhi with continuity of service. However, the question regarding the liability or the responsibility, if any, of the petitioner
with regard to including the name of the University in the `Fair-Guide' of the foreign company is left open.

In the circumstances of the case, there shall be no order as to
costs.

(S.S. Nijjar)
Judge

(S.S. Saron)
Judge

Sh Rajesh Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No. 32-34,(1st Floor), Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.

Sh. Rajesh Kumar,
# 168, St. No. 6,
Old Bishan Nagar,
Patiala.
…………Complainant
Vs

The Public Information Officer,
O/o The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ………….Respondent

CC No. 811 of 2006

Present:
i) S. Rajesh Kumar, complainant in person.
ii)Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.

The eleven points on which the information is required by the complainant in his application dated 9-10-2006 were discussed in detail. It became clear that points No. 2, 9, 10 and 11 pertain to third parties and this information can be given to the complainant only after the prescribed procedure u/s 11 of the RTI Act has been followed. Insofar as the other seven points are concerned, the University has given the information to the complainant but not in the form in which it was required to be given. More precisely, the University has not informed the complainant whether he was proceeded against on the basis of any complainant from any person other than Ms Neetu Bansal or her husband and in case no other complaint was received, the complainant should be specifically informed accordingly.

Secondly, the basis for the statement which has been made in the orders of dismissal, that the complainant put Smt. Neetu Bansal in contact with Dr. O.P.Sharma in order that her dissertation may be made up to the mark should be communicated to him. In case there is no such basis, the afore mentioned statement should be explained.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 22-3-2006 for confirmation of compliance.


(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner, State Information Commissioner

Dated 15th February, 2007.

Sh Hem Raj Verma versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No. 32-34,(1st Floor), Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.

Sh. Hem Raj Verma,
H. No. 1415, Sector 21,
Panchkula
………….Complainant
Vs

The Public Information Officer,
O/o The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala ………….Respondent

CC No.593 of 2006

Present:
i) Sh. Hem Raj Verma, complainant in person
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The information provided in respect of the deficiencies pointed out by the Court in its orders dated 18-1-2007 were discussed in detail. The information regarding these points given to the complainant still remains unsatisfactory on the following counts:-

(i) It is distressing to note that although the letter of the complainant dated 22-6-2004 written to the Vice Chancellor was shown to the PIO’s representative on the last date of hearing, the information which even now has been given to the complainant states that the action taken report in respect of this letter is contained in the communication of the University dated 23-7-2004 sent to the complainant, as explained in the reply given on this point. A plain perusal of the letter dated 22-6-2004 and the letter from the University dated 23-7-2004 however, clearly shows that the communication from the University has no bearing whatsoever on the contents of the complainant’s letter dated 22-6-2004 addressed to the Vice Chancellor.

(ii) Regarding the appointment of the Inquiry Officer by the Vice Chancellor, the respondent in their reply given to the complainant on 12-1-2007 had stated that this was done by the V.C. as per the decision of the Syndicate on 20-3-2005. Since, however the Inquiry Officer was appointed by the University in 2004, the reply of the respondent was clearly inadequate and the question still remained under what authority the V.C. had appointed the Inquiry Officer. The respondent has now given the information to the complainant that the Inquiry Officer had been appointed in accordance with a resolution of the syndicate dated 21-7-1984 authorising the V.C. in this respect. The PIO has to explain why two different sets of the information were provided to the complainant in respect of this point.

(iii) The notings of the file according to which it was decided that no action was required to be taken on the letter of the complainant dated 21-9-2005 was also to be provided to him in terms of the orders of this Court. This has still not been done.

The information wanted by the Complainant and the replies supplied by the University has now been discussed in this Court on various hearings on 4-1-2007, 18-1-2007 and now today on 8-2-2007. Despite specific orders having been passed by this Court on several points, complete information has still not been provided by the respondent to the complainant.

In the above circumstances, the PIO, o/o the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala, is directed to be personally present on the next date of hearing and explain the circumstances under which the deficiencies in the information provided, pointed out above, still persist and the action which he has, in the meantime, taken to remove these deficiencies.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 1-3-2007 for personal hearing of the PIO and for further orders.


(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner, State Information Commissioner

RANJIT SINGH BATH Versus PBI UNIVERSITY PATIALA C M1380 C of 2006 RSA 657 of 2006

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

DATE OF ORDER: 22.1.2007

Ranjit Singh Bath ...Petitioner(s)
Versus
Punjab University, Patiala ....Respondent(s)

CORUM : HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE M.M. AGGARWAL

Present:
Mr. S.C. Sibal, Senior Advocate with
Mr. V.S. Rana, Advocate.

M.M. AGGARWAL,J
This is an appeal against judgment dated 16.9.2005 passed by
Additional District Judge, Patiala whereby appeal filed by the plaintiff against order dated 9.12.2004 passed by Civil Judge(Jr.Divn.), Patiala was dismissed.

This appeal had been filed beyond the prescribed period of
limitation. There had been delay of 25 days in filing the appeal.

On behalf of the plaintiff-appellant, it is argued that only request made was that the University should consider the revision petition filed by the plaintiff, which was pending before them and that the matter had already gone to the Hon'ble Supreme Court.

Plaintiff-appellant had been taken back and he had filed a revision petition.

I have gone through the judgments of the courts below. There
are concurrent findings. Appeal had not been filed within the prescribed period of limitation. I do not find good ground to condone the delay. No law point is involved.

No merit. Dismissed.

( M.M. AGGARWAL )
JUDGE

Sh Hem Raj Verma versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.
Sh. Hem Raj Verma,
H. No. 1415, Sector 21,
Panchkula. ………….Complainant

Vs

The Public Information Officer,
O/o The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
………….Respondent
CC No. 593 of 2006

Present:
i).S. Hem Raj Verma, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.

The respondent has given to the Court a copy of a fresh consolidated reply along with annexures supplied by them to the complainant, after taking into consideration the letter of the complainant dated 22-12-2006, in terms of the orders of this Court dated 4-1-2007. The complainant however, in a written communication dated 18-1-2007, handed over to the Court today, pointed out that the reply given to him is still deficient on six counts. The deficiencies pointed out by the complainant were examined and discussed in detail in the presence of the parties and as a result thereof, the respondents are directed to further provide the following information to the complainant:-

1. With reference to point No.11 of the list of items on which information is required by the complainant, the respondent has to make a definite statement about whether the number of research papers stated by the preliminary enquiry Committee to have been published in various journals is correct or not. If this number is not correct then how many papers in various journals, according to the .respondent, has been actually published by the Research Scholar.

2. The respondent has not supplied the copy of the Action Taken Report/notings on the file in connection with his letter dated June 22, 2004 written to the Vice Chancellor. The complainant has given a copy of this letter to the respondent in the Court today, a perusal of which shows that it is not simply a reminder of an earlier letter. This may now be done.

3. The respondent informed the complainant about the manner in which the Inquiry Officer and the Presenting Officer were appointed in the enquiry case but they have not mentioned as to why the decision to hold a regular enquiry and the


appointment of the Inquiry Officer were not placed before the Syndicate but were taken by the Vice Chancellor. The respondent has informed the Court that the powers were delegated by the syndicate to the Vice Chancellor as far back as 1984. A copy of the decision taken by the Syndicate in 1984 may be provided to the complainant.

4. The respondent has not given to the complainant a copy of the Action Taken Report and notings of the file in connection with his letter dated 21-9-2005 addressed to the Registrar, a copy of which has been given to the respondent by the complainant in the Court today. This may now be done.

5. The enclosures of the letter of the respondent dated 12-1-2007 with which the latest consolidated reply has been given to the complainant are not signed. A copy of the consolidated reply as well as the copies of its annexures should . be signed on each page and provided to the complainant.

The respondent has been provided a copy of the complainant’s letter dated 18-1-2007 given to the Commission today.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 8-2-2007 for confirmation of compliance.



(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated. 18th January, 2007.

Sh Rajesh Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.
Sh. Rajesh Kumar,
# 168, Street No. 6,
Old Bishan Nagar,
Patiala.
30366 ………….Complainant

Vs

The Public Information Officer,
O/o The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
………….Respondent

CC No. 811 of 2006

Present:
i).S. Rajesh Kumar, complainant in person..
II) S. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.


ORDER

Heard.

The respondent has provided the required information to the complainant and the complainant has stated that there are various deficiencies therein. Accordingly, the complainant will list out these deficiencies and give the same to the respondent within 3 days, who will remove the deficiencies and give the complete information to the complainant within 10 days of the receipt of the communication from the complainant.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 15-2-2007 for confirmation of compliance.



(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated. 18th January, 2007.

Ms Daisy Walia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Ms.Daisy Walia,
Lecturer Dance,
2-A, Gurudwara Moti Bagh Colony,
Patiala …………......Complainant

Vs.

PIO, O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala ………………….Respondent

CC No. 708 of 2006

ORDER

Present Sh.Prem Sharma on behalf of complainant and Sh.Vikrant Sharma Advocate on behalf of the Respondent.

Respondent points out a typographical error in the last order dated 02.01.2007. In the first part of the Order, the two items on which the information was deficient are mentioned as items No. (ii) and (xiii). In the latter part of the order, however, item No.(xii) is mentioned. We observe that there is indeed an error in recording. In para three of the order dated 02.01.2007, item (xii) be read as “item (xiii) viz Reports of experts regarding published work of Sh. Madhukar Anand.”

Respondent submits before us a copy of letter dated 15.01.2007 in regard to items (ii) and (xiii). In respect of item No.(ii) Respondent states that no application was received from Sh.Madhukar Anand seeking appointment as ad hoc Professor of Dance. Respondent further states that the ad hoc appointment was made solely on the basis of bio-data Sh. Anand, which was already with the University. This information, according to the Respondent, has duly been delivered to the Complainant.

In respect of item No.(xii), which has erroneously not been mentioned in the original order, the Respondent has stated in his letter dated 15.01.2007 that since this was an ad hoc appointment, the report on the published work of Sh.Madhukar Anand was not obtained.

The Complainant is satisfied with the information delivered to her.
The matter is accordingly disposed of.
Copies of this Order be sent to both the parties.


(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner

Chandigarh
Dated: 16.01.2007
(Surinder Singh ) State Information Commissioner

Sh Manjeet Singh Bhatia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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


Sh. Manjeet Singh Bhatia,
Senior Assistant,(U/S),
Punjabi University,Regional Centre,
Bhatinda. ………………..........Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ….…………….......Respondent

CC No. 474 of 2006

Present:
i) S.Manjit Singh Bhatia, complainant in person
ii)Sh.Vipal Jindal,Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The information required by the complainant in this case has been provided by the respondent except the information mentioned at Sr. No. 5, 6, 10, and 13 of the application of the complainant made on 6-8-2006. The respondents have given an assurance that the remaining information will either be given to the complainant within 10 days from today or if any information is not traceable then he will be informed to this effect.

The remaining information in this case is required by the complainant urgently because of the ongoing inquiry case pending against him. The respondent has given a commitment that the next date in the inquiry case will be fixed only after the remaining information has been provided to the complainant.

In view of the offer made by the respondent to provide the required information to the complainant, the notice issued in this case vide orders dated 16-11-2006 u/s 20 of the RTI Act is dropped.

Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 14th December, 2006

Sh Hem Raj Verma versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh.Hem Raj Verma,
H.No. 1415, Sector 21,
Panchkula. -------- Complainant

Vs

Public Information Officer
0/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. --------Respondent

CC No 593 of 2006

Present: i) Sh. Hem Raj Verma, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.

The respondent in this case has not acted responsibly. He has informed the Court that the information required by the complainant runs into 83 pages and the complainant has been asked to deposit fees @ Rs. 5/- per page This is, however, a clear violation of the rate fixed by the Government, which is Rs. 2/- per page. Secondly, the letter of the University dated 28/08/2006, vide which this rate was communicated to the complainant, does not mention the number of pages for which the fees is to be deposited, and it was therefore not possible for the complainant to deposit the required fees in the absence of this information. The delay which has been caused in this case is because of incomplete information given by the respondent to the complainant, and no fees, therefore, will be payable by the complainant, because the period prescribed for giving the information is over. It is now expected that complete and correct information will be given to the complainant in accordance with his application for the same. Since the respondent states that the information is ready, it may be gone over carefully for checking its completeness and handed over to the complainant within 10 days from today. Serious notice is likely to be taken of any further default in this regard.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 04/01/2007 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner.
Dated: 7 December, 2006

Sh Manjit Singh Bhatia versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION PUNJAB
SCO 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh Manjit Singh Bhatia,
Sr.Assistant (under suspension)
Punjabi University,Regional Centre,
Bhatinda..
-----------Complainant
Vs

Public Information Officer,
O/o The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ----------Respondent

CC No. 474 of 2006

Present:
i) S.Manjit Singh Bhatia, complainant in person.
ii) None on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.
The respondents are not present.
The following directions are hereby given:
1. The required information should be supplied to the complainant within 15 days from the date of receipt of this order by the PIO/Punjabi University, Patiala.
2. Since the application for the information in this case was made on 6.8.2006 and neither the information nor a response of any kind has been received by the complainant, notice is issued to the PIO/Punjabi University,Patiala, to show cause on the next date of hearing, as to why the penalty of Rs.250/- per day for every day that the information is not supplied after 30days from the date of application, should not be imposed upon him u/s 20 of the RTI Act.
3. It is made clear that in case complete information, as required by the complainant is supplied to him by the next date of hearing, this fact will duly taken into consideration while considering the question of imposition of penalty.
Adjourned to 14.12.2006 for confirmation of compliance and further order.


(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner.
16th November,2006

GURBAJ SINGH PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA CWP 7784 of 2003

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

Date of Decision: 09-11-2006

Gurbaj Singh son of Shri Ajit Singh, resident of Dhanaula Road, Hari Nagar, Barnala, Tehsil Barnala, District Sangrur (Punjab) .....Petitioner
VERSUS
1. Punjabi University, Patiala through its Registrar
2. Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala
3. Smt.Pal Kaur, Newly recruited Peon, Punjabi University Patiala, through Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala
4. Shri Lajpat, Newly recruited Peon, Punjabi University Patiala, through Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala .....Respondents

CORAM:-
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE K S GAREWAL
HON'BLE MR.JUSTICE R S MADAN

PRESENT:
Mr. SK Sharma,Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr.RL Sharma, Advocate for the respondents.

R S MADAN, J.
The claim of the petitioner is that respondent No.1 has invited the applications for the posts of two Peons (handicapped ) through the advertisement published in the “Punjabi Tribune” dated 31-7-2001 with the qualifications as mentioned in Annexure P1.

The minimum education qualification was Middle pass with Punjabi as a subject. These posts were meant for handicapped persons, who were under an obligation to fulfil the following qualifications:

“1.The handicapped candidate shall have to
produce medical certificate issued by the
prescribed officer showing, disability of upper or lower region of the body which should atleast be 40% but she/he is fit for employment against the advertised post.

2. The disability certificate issued by the following authorities has to be produced and the same must recite fitness for the advertised post.

a) from Class 1 Medical Officer of any
Government Medical Institute/ Hospital.

OR

b) PMO/CMO/Civil Surgeon of the district,
where the applicant permanently resides.

3. The candidate must have passed Matriculation Examination with Punjabi or Punjabi Prabodh or Punjabi Praveshika. The candidates of States other than Punjab and Union Territory of Chandigarh, who have not studied Punjabi as a subject, shall have to pass Punjabi Prabodh examination of Department of languages, Punjab, Patiala before their interview.”

It is further the case of the petitioner that in pursuant to the said advertisement, he appeared for interview before the Registrar of the University-respondent No.2, who had selected respondents No.3 and 4 for the post of Peon.

The main grouse of the petitioner is that he himself is suffering from 60% disability as per the certificate of disability issued by the Civil Surgeon, Sangrur but he was not considered by respondent No.2 despite of the fact that he fulfils the eligibility criteria.

Upon notice, respondents appeared and two sets of written statements have been filed.

In written statement filed on behalf of respondents No.1 and 2, it was projected by way of preliminary submissions that the petitioner had applied for the post and was also interviewed for the same on 11-3-2002 and considered in the selection.

However, the Selection Committee after holding the interviews recommended the names of respondents No.3 and 4. No allegations whatsoever have since been raised
against the Selection Committee in the writ petition and he is not competent to challenge the selection. It was submitted that respondents No.3 and 4 were selected after due recommendations were made by the Selection Committee, which were later on approved by the Vice Chancellor. In fact, respondents No.3 and 4 had submitted their requisite handicapped certificates, which were issued by the Civil Surgeon, Patiala and they were selected only after the production of medical fitness certificate from the Senior Medical Officer, Punjabi University, Patiala. According to the disability certificate, respondent No.3 suffered from congental deformity of left foot with marked limitation of the movements of foot joint.

Her permanent disability was assessed as 40% by the Civil Surgeon, Patiala as is evident from Annexure R1. Similarly, respondent No.4, who was also examined by the Civil Surgeon, Patiala, is a case of PPRP Lt. Lower limb with 2” shortening. He is permanently found physically disabled with 60% disability as is evident from Annexure R2. Their mark-sheets have been placed on record as Annexures R3/1 and R4/1. After they were cleared by the Selection Committee, respondents No.3 and 4 were examined by the Senior Medical Officer of Punjabi University, Patiala, who after examining the candidates found the disability assessed by the Civil Surgeon, Patiala, to be correct. It was only thereafter when their medical certificates were received from the Senior Medical Officer of Punjabi University, Patiala, respondents No.3 and 4 were given the appointment.

The allegations of the petitioner that respondents No.3 was appointed on the recommendation of the Chief Minister, Punjab and respondent No.4 was appointed on the recommendation of the Governor of Punjab, are found to be baseless, unfounded and frivolous.

Keeping in view the fact that the petitioner was not found suitable and fit to be appointed as Peon under the handicapped category by the Selection Committee, no material irregularity or illegality has been found in the process of selection of respondents No.3 and 4. Hence, this writ petition being devoid of any merit is dismissed.

( R S MADAN )
JUDGE

( K S GAREWAL )
JUDGE

MOHD AKRAM Versus PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND ORS CWP 16973 of 2006

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH


DATE OF DECISION: October 27, 2006

Mohd. Akram ….Petitioner
VERSUS
Punjabi University, Patiala and another …..Respondents

CORAM:-
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE VINEY MITTAL
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE H.S. BHALLA

PRESENT:
Shri Kunal Dawar, Advocate for the petitioner.

Viney Mittal,J.(Oral).
The petitioner was involved in an unfair means case and vide order dated August 31, 2006 passed by the Punjabi University, Patiala has been debarred from appearing in the University examination for a period of 2 years.

During the course of arguments, the learned counsel for the petitioner has contended that an appeal against the disqualification order has been filed by the petitioner on October 4, 2006 (Annexure P.6) but the said appeal is still pending and has not been finally disposed of.

The learned counsel for the petitioner states that the
petitioner would be satisfied if directions are issued to the appellate authority to take a final decision on the aforesaid appeal filed by the petitioner.

Keeping in view the stand taken by the learned counsel for the petitioner but without expressing any opinion on the merits of the claim made by him, we dispose of the present petition with a direction to the appellate authority to take a final decision on the
appeal filed by the petitioner within a period of three months from the date a certified copy of this order is received.

A copy of the order be given dasti on payment of usual charges.

(Viney Mittal)
Judge

(H.S. Bhalla)
Judge

SUKHDEV SINGH AND ORS Versus PUNJAB UNIVERISTY PATIALA CWP 10372 of 2001


IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH.

Date of Decision : October 18, 2006.

Sukhdev Singh and others ..... Petitioners
Vs.
Punjabi University, Patiala and another ..... Respondents

Coram :
Hon'ble Mr.Justice P.S.Patwalia

Present :
Mr.G.S.Bal, Advocate for the petitioners.
Mr.Deepak Sibal, Advocate for the respondents.

P.S.Patwalia, J. (Oral) :
The petitioners were employed in the Punjabi University, Patiala and retired from service on various dates in the years 1998 and 1999.

They are aggrieved by a decision taken by the University and circulated vide memo dated 10.07.2001 whereby a special chance for opting for
pension was granted to those employees who were in service of the University on 23.02.2000 and denied to the employees like the petitioners who had retired from service prior to the aforesaid date.

The facts leading to the filing of this writ petition are that a pension scheme was enforced by the Punjabi University vide a circular dated 15.07.1992. The scheme was however enforced with effect from 1.4.1990. The scheme was enacted as a statute by the Syndicate of the University. The relevant provisions of the scheme can be culled out as hereunder :-

“1. A Pension fund to be called, The Punjabi University Pension Fund, shall be established for the benefit of the employees eligible under these Statutes by creating a `Corpus' from the University share of the CPF and the State Government will continue to provide to the University the CPF matching contribution in the shape of annual grant-in-aid which will be added to this Fund. This shall come in force on 1.4.90. No additional grant shall be provided by the
Punjab Government.

2. All whole time paid employees who were beneficiaries under the existing scheme of CPF
(Contributory Provident Fund) except those appointed on contract basis, who on attaining the age of retirement indicated in Statute 38, retire on or after 1.4.90, shall be entitled to the benefit of Pension Scheme including Premature Retirement Pension, Commuted Pension etc. and Family Pension to eligible persons in case of death of employee on or after 1.4.90, unless they specifically opt out in writing to continue under the CPF Scheme.

3. The employees of the categories mentioned at 2 above, who joined the University on or after date of issue of the Notification of the Statutes, will be governed by the Pension Scheme only.

4. Employees of the category mentioned at 2
above who joined the University before the date of
issue of notification will be given an option to be
exercised and conveyed to the Registrar's Office
within four months in the form (to be prescribed by the V.C.) if they wish to continue under the CPF Scheme or opt to come over to Pension Scheme. If no option is exercised by them within the stipulated period, such employees will be deemed to have come over to the Pension Scheme. The existing Statutes/Ordinances relating to CPF will remain operative for employees who opt to continue to be governed by the CPF Scheme.

5. The CPF beneficiaries who were in service on 1.4.90 but have since retired and in whose case
retirement benefits have also been paid under the
CPF Scheme and in case of such employees as are
continuing in service and have obtained loan/advance out of University's share of CPF, will also have the option to adopt Pension Scheme provided they refund to the University, the University's contribution (matching) to their Contributory Provident Fund along with interest thereon.

6. In the case of CPF beneficiaries, who were in service on 1.4.90 but have since retired and in whose case the CPF benefit has not been paid, (on the date of issue of orders) will be allowed the retirement benefits as if they were borne on pensionable establishment, unless they specifically opt out within four months to have their retirement benefits settled under the CPF Scheme.

7. In the case of CPF beneficiaries, who were in service on 1.4.90 but have since died, either before retirement or after retirement, the case will be settled in accordance with para 5 or 6 above as the case may be. Options in such cases will be exercised latest within four months by the widow/widower and in the absence of widow/widower by the eldest surviving member of the family who would have otherwise been eligible to the Family Pension under the Family Pension Scheme, if such scheme were applicable (i.e. on the pattern available in the Punjab Government).

8. The option once exercised shall be final.”

A reading of the aforementioned clauses would show that all whole time paid employees of the University who were earlier beneficiaries under the Contributory Provident Fund (CPF) scheme and who had retired on or after 1.4.1990 were entitled to the benefit of the Pension Scheme unless they specifically give an option in writing to be permitted to continue under the CPF Scheme. In case of employees who joined the University after the notification of the Statute incorporating the Pension Scheme the same were to be governed by the Pension Scheme only. Clause 4 of the Scheme further clarified that the employees as aforementioned were to give their option within four months of the issuance of the notification and in case no such option was exercised by them they would be deemed to have come over to the Pension Scheme.

In the case of employees who were in service on 1.4.1990 and in whose case benefits under the CPF Scheme had already been paid or existing employees who had obtained loan/advance out of the University share of the CPF, would also have the option to opt for the Pension Scheme provided they would refund to the University the University's contribution to their Contributory Provident Fund along with interest thereon. Clause 8 of the Scheme expressly stipulated that the option once exercised would be final.

It is not a matter of dispute before me that all the petitioners had specifically given an option at that time to continue under the CPF Scheme and consequently opted out of the Pension Scheme. The petitioners have stated in the petition that very few employees of the University opted for the Pension Scheme. Consequently with a view to involve more people in the Pension Scheme, the University decided to give a further opportunity to its employees to give an option to opt for the Pension Scheme.

Accordingly on 14.7.1995 it was circulated to all the employees of the University that a special opportunity was given to them to opt for the Pension Scheme.

This opportunity was being granted in terms of the decision taken by the Syndicate in its meeting held on 19.8.1994. The decision was stated to be in relaxation of the provisions of Statute 8. All employees who were in service of the University as on 14.7.1992 or who had retired/expired between 1.4.1990 to 14.7.1992 were granted this opportunity. Again it is the admitted position that the petitioners did not avail of this opportunity to opt for the Pension Scheme.

The petitioners further contend that after the recommendations of the 4th Pay Commission were accepted in 1998 the pension became much more beneficial than the benefits payable under the CPF Scheme.

Consequently employees of the University made representations to the University for grant of another special chance for opting for the Pension Scheme. It is stated that the Vice Chancellor of the University constituted a Sub-Committee to examine this matter and make its recommendations with regard to giving benefit of pension to employees who had earlier not opted for the Pension Scheme. The Sub-Committee held a meeting on 24.6.1999 and recommended that those employees who were in service on 24.6.1999
or thereafter, should be given a chance to opt for the Pension Scheme.

Since the petitioners had already retired by that time, they, along with other retirees made representations to the Vice Chancellor against the aforesaid recommendation of the Sub-Committee. One such representation had been placed on record as Annexure P-3. The petitioners offered to deposit the
amount of Contributory Provident Fund withdrawn by them along with interest. The petitioners contend that these recommendations of the SubC.

Committee were placed in the meeting of the Syndicate of the University but were however not approved. Syndicate decided to constitute another
Sub-Committee. The meeting of this Sub-Committee was held on 20.01.2000. This Sub-Committee recommended a cut-off date of 1.1.1996 as the date from which fresh options could be allowed to the employees.

The recommendations of the Sub-Committee made in pursuance to meeting dated 20.01.2000 have been placed on record as Annexure P-4. A perusal of the recommendations would show that the Committee examined the financial liabilities of the Pension Scheme and ultimately recommended as hereunder :-

“So far as the implementation of this scheme (para 3) is concerned, the Committee is of the opinion that it will be appropriate to give an opportunity w.e.f. 1.1.96, because the revised grades were given to teaching/non-teaching staff w.e.f. 1.1.96.

Sd/- Sd/- Sd/- Registrar Finance Officer Dean,Academic Affairs” These recommendations were placed before the Syndicate and were considered by the Syndicate in its meeting held on 23.2.2000. After examining the same, the following decision was taken by the Syndicate :-

“Considering the above said recommendations, the item is presented before the Syndicate for its perusal and taking decision regarding the date from which option is to be given, in case opportunity for option is allowed.

After consideration, it was resolved to constitute a sub-committee of the following members of the syndicate which shall look into the recommendations of the above committee and submit its recommendations within a period of 15 days to the Vice-Chancellor for taking final decision. The Vice-Chancellor is authorised to take decision for sending these recommendations to the Punjab Govt. at his own level :-

1. Dean Academic Affairs
2. D.P.I.(Colleges) Punjab
3. Director, Languages (Punjab)
4. Dr.K.C.Singal
5. S.Kulwant Singh Grewal

No.576-79/Syndicate Dated : 3.3.2000” A reading of the portion extracted above would show that on the basis of the recommendations of the Committee the item was presented before the Syndicate for taking its decision as to whether an opportunity for option was to be allowed and if the same was to be granted the date from which the option was to be allowed. The Syndicate decided to constitute a Sub Committee of some members of the Syndicate who would submit their recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for taking a final decision. The Vice Chancellor was authorised to send the recommendations to the Punjab Government at his own level after taking a final decision. As will be referred to in detail hereinafter, under Section 16 of the Punjabi University Act, 1961 (hereinafter referred to as `the Act') every addition or amendment in a statute requires the approval of the Chancellor. Thus the Syndicate in principal had decided to grant a further option but the date from which the option was to be granted was left to the Vice Chancellor. Essentially
therefore the Syndicate delegated its function to decide the cut off date to the Vice Chancellor.

Petitioners contend that on the basis of the aforesaid decision the Sub-Committee held its meeting on 26.6.2000 and recommended that employees who were in service on 23.2.2000 i.e. the date when the
Syndicate had taken the decision, were to be given a chance to make a fresh option under the Pension Scheme. Thereafter the University issued a circular Annexure P-9 and circulated that a special chance to opt for Pension Scheme was to be given to employees who were in the service of the University as on 23.2.2000. A reading of this circular would show that after the recommendations had been sent to the Vice Chancellor, the University sent the same to the Chancellor for giving relaxation in Statute 8 of the University Calendar Volume 1 relating to pension and after the Chancellor had approved the same the decision was being circulated.

The result of the aforementioned decision was that employees like the petitioners who had retired from the service of the University prior to 23.2.2000 were denied the chance to opt for the Pension Scheme.

The petitioners are such employees who had retired in the year 1998 and 1999 and were therefore denied the aforesaid chance. They are therefore aggrieved by this action of the University. The grievance of the petitioners is limited to the extent that the options should not have been restricted to those employees who were in service of the University on 23.2.2000 but should have also been granted to employees who had retired prior to that date but after the enforcement of the Pension Scheme. Mr.G.S.Bal, learned counsel appearing for the petitioners has raised a number of arguments in support of the pleas raised in the petition.

However in my opinion the present petition can be decided only on one argument raised by the learned counsel. Learned counsel contends that under Section 15 of the Punjabi University Act, the constitution of pension or provident fund is to be by
enactment of a Statute. In the present case the University had originally enacted Statutes for the grant of pension. It is contended that under Section 16 of the Act the Syndicate is empowered to make new or additional statute or to amend or repeal the existing statutes. Section 16 mandates that any new statute or addition or amendment of statute would require approval of the Chancellor. Still further learned counsel contends that there is no provision in the Act authorising the Syndicate to delegate this power to any other authority including the Vice Chancellor. Learned counsel submits that once the University had promulgated a statute and given a time
schedule for making options and further provided therein by way of Statute 8 that the options were final, any alteration or relaxation in these statutes would amount to an amendment in the same. He states that this amendment has to be by the Syndicate as per the procedure provided in the Act.

Learned counsel contends that a fresh date from which options were to be called for would essentially amount to an amendment in the existing statutes. In existing statutes no.2, 4 and 8 such an amendment had to be made by the Syndicate itself. The same could not have been delegated to the Vice Chancellor as there was no specific power of delegation vested
with the Syndicate in the Act. He therefore submits that the cut off date fixed by the Vice Chancellor is against the tenor of Section 16 and is liable to be set aside and the matter has to go back to the Syndicate for a fresh decision.

On the other hand Mr.Sibal learned counsel for the respondents has firstly raised some preliminary objections which shall be dealt with at a later stage.

To meet the aforesaid argument raised by the learned counsel, Mr.Sibal contends that a careful reading of Statute 15 would show that it is only the Constitution of the pension fund which is to be as per Statute.

Once the fund was constituted the Syndicate can permit amendment in the same by an authority of the University and in the present case a reading of the decision of the Syndicate extracted above would show that amendment had expressly been permitted by the Syndicate.

However he further argues that even if he fails on this submission the present is not a case of amendment at all. In the present case only a cut off date has been fixed which would not amount to amendment in the Statute and consequently the rigor of Section 16 would not apply. The Vice Chancellor therefore has
validly fixed the cut-off date. However Mr.Sibal could not draw my attention to any provision of the Act permitting the Syndicate to delegate its functions to the Vice Chancellor or to any other authority of the University.

Before examining this contention it is necessary to reproduce herein the relevant Clause of Section 15(c) and Section 16 of the Act. The same read as hereunder :-

“Statutes
15. Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Statutes may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely :

(c) the constitution of a pension or provident fund and the establishment of an insurance scheme for the benefit of the officers, teachers and other employees of the University ;

The Making, Amendment, Repeal and Operation
of Statutes 16.

(1) On the commencement of this Act, the Statutes of University shall be those set out in the schedule.

*(2) The Syndicate may, from time to time, make new or additional Statutes or may amend or repeal the Statutes, and

*(3) Omitted.
*(4) Omitted.
*(5) Omitted.
(6) Every new Statute or addition to the Statute or any amendment or repeal of Statute shall require the approval of the Chancellor who may sanction,
disallow or remit for further consideration.”

Having examined the controversy I find merit in the contention raised by the learned counsel for the petitioner. A reading of Section 15 of the Act would show that the constitution of pension or provident fund is to be by the enactment of a statute. In the present case it is the admitted position that Pension Scheme is a Statute which was enacted by the Syndicate. A reading of the Scheme would show that specific provisions have been made therein for grant of opportunity to employees to opt for the pension fund. The period during which the option is to be made is also prescribed in Statute 4 of the Scheme.

Thereafter Statute 8 specifically states that option once exercised shall be final. Statute 8 of the Pension
Scheme in its entirety reads as under :-

“8. The option once exercised shall be final.”

If any further option is to be provided or relaxation in the time during which option was to be submitted is to be granted, in my opinion, it would be a clear case of amendment of the Pension Statutes, at the very least certainly an addition to the existing Statutes. The rigors of Section 16 apply not only for amendment of a statute but even to an addition to the statute. Every addition also has to be by the Syndicate. The same thereafter requires the approval of the Chancellor who may sanction the same, disallow it or remit it for further consideration. I am of the opinion that the
University has also understood this to be an amendment or addition to the statute as it is for this reason that the same was sent to the Chancellor for his approval before it was implemented. Thus once there is an amendment or addition to the statute the same would have to be by the Syndicate. In the absence of any power of delegation the Syndicate could not have delegated this function to the Vice Chancellor. Therefore I am of the opinion that cutoff
date as fixed by the Vice Chancellor cannot be sustained. The matter would have to go back to the Syndicate where a decision would have to be taken by the Syndicate. In reaching this conclusion I am fortified by the view taken by a Division Bench of this Court in C.W.P.No.562 of 1989 decided on 17.08.1989 (Dr.Amarjit Singh Dhillon vs. Punjabi University, Patiala and others). Interpreting the Act, the Division Bench of this Court has held as hereunder :-

“From the perusal of the above said provisions, it is patent that the Registrar of the University is appointed by the Syndicate which is to appoint Selection Committee for the purpose.

The V.C. has been given the limited power of convening the meeting of the Selection Committee.

The Syndicate cannot reject the recommendations of the Selection Committee. But if it does not agree with the recommendations, it has to refer the matter to the Chancellor after recording its reasons for disagreement. There is no provision in the Act and the Statutes empowering the Syndicate to delegate any of its functions to the Vice Chancellor. The Syndicate also does not have the power to disagree with the recommendations of the Selection Committee for the post of Registrar. We have noticed that under the Act and Statutes of the University there can be no delegation of power by Syndicate. As such the powers to appoint the Selection Committee cannot be delegated by the Syndicate to the Vice
Chancellor. Thus, the authorisation given to the Vice-Chancellor is contrary to the Statute. The appointment of respondent no.3 made by the Selection Committee, which was not competent to do so, is void. The stand of the University that the Selection Committee was constituted as per practice prevailing in the University is not at all convincing.

Practice cannot go contrary to the Statute.”

The Hon'ble Supreme Court in the case of The Marathwada University versus Seshrao Balwant Rao Chavan reported as 1989 (1) RSJ 148, while interpreting the provisions of the Marathwada University Act, 1974, held as hereunder :-

“The other infirmity in the said resolution goes deeper than what it appears. The resolution was not in harmony with the statutory requirement. Section 84 of the Act provides for delegation of powers and it states that any officer or authority of the University may, by order, delegate his or its power (except power to make Ordinance and Regulations) to any other officer
or authority subject to provisions of the Act and Statutes. Section 24(1) (xii) provides for delegation of power by the Executive Council. It states that the Executive Council may delegate any of its power (except power to make Ordinances) to the Vice-Chancellor or to any other officer subject to the approval of the Chancellor, (underlining is ours). The approval of the Chancellor is mandatory. Without such approval the power cannot be delegated to the Vice-Chancellor. The record does not reveal that the approval of the Chancellor was ever obtained.

Therefore, the resolution which was not in conformity with the statutory requirement could not confer power on the Vice-Chancellor to take action against the
respondent.”

The alternative argument of the learned counsel for the respndent-University that mere fixing of a date from which options can be exercised is not an amendment also has no merit. The exercise of option
gives rise to substantive right to draw pension. In fact the applicability of the entire scheme is dependent on this option. It is therefore that the scheme contains more than one provisions dealing with the right of option, the period during which it has to be exercised and therefore giving finality to the option.

This is therefore an integral part of the Scheme and any change therein would amount to an amendment in the scheme itself.

At this stage it may be clarified that in pursuance to the decision taken by the Syndicate, employees who were serving in the University as on 23.2.2000 may have exercised their option for the Pension Scheme.

They would not be adversely affected by the aforesaid determination for the reason that the petitioners are not aggrieved by the decision taken by the Syndicate to grant a further option. Necessarily the decision of the Syndicate to grant option would operate prospectively from the date when it was taken. The only grievance of the petitioners is that the
Syndicate should have decided the issue as to whether or not the retirees should also have been permitted to submit their options for the Pension Scheme by determining a cut off date prior to the date of the decision. It is only this limited controversy which would now have to go back to the Syndicate.

At this stage it would be unfair to the counsel for the
respondents if I do not deal with the preliminary objections raised by him.

Learned counsel firstly contended that the petitioner should be denied relief in this petition as they have not approached this Court with clean hands. He contends that it has nowhere been stated in the petition that they had specifically exercised an option to continue under the CPF Scheme when the Pension Scheme was originally enacted. He therefore submits that the writ petition should be dismissed on this ground alone. I am of the opinion that this is not a case where the petitioners can be non suited on this ground.

Though it is correct that there is no specific averment in the petition stating that they had opted for the CPF Scheme yet the very fact that they are still clamouring for pension makes it obvious that they did opt for CPF Scheme.

The provisions of the Pension Scheme were also extracted in the petition.

Thus it is not a case of concealment of facts dis-entitling the petitioners to relief on this ground alone.

Learned counsel further contends that the petitioners were also estopped from claiming a further option having once opted for the CPF Scheme. I do not find any merit in this contention as well. Since the University itself had been acceding to the demands of its employees to again give a fresh chance of option and had granted this chance to its employees not once but two times over, it cannot now turn around and plead estoppel.

In the present case the University has granted additional chance to all other employees who had also opted for the CPF Scheme. The only controversy
is as to the date from which this chance is to be granted. Thus the petitioners cannot be non suited on this ground as well.

For the reasons aforesaid the present writ petition is allowed.

Annexure P-9 is quashed to the extent that it restricts the right of option to those employees who were in service on 23.2.2000 on the basis of a decision to this effect taken by the Vice Chancellor. The matter would now be again placed before the Syndicate for a fresh consideration on the issue as to whether employees of the University who had retired prior to 23.2.2000 are also to be given the right to opt for the Pension Scheme and if so, from which date onwards.

( P.S.Patwalia )
Judge

Dr Partap Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. Partap Singh,
Professor of Economics (CC),
Punjabi University, Patiala.
…………………….......Complainant

Vs
Public Information Officer,
O/o the Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala.
...….…………….......Respondent

CC No. 22 of 2006

ORDER
Present Sh. Vipul Jindal, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent, Punjabi University, Patiala. None is present on behalf of the Complainant.
The Respondent states before us that he has not been supplied a copy of the original complaint and as such he is unable to take action.
A copy of the complaint is supplied today by the office of the Commission to the Respondent.
Since the Complainant is not before us, we direct that the Respondent shall take appropriate action on the application dated 13.02.2006 made by the Complainant demanding information. While deciding the application seeking information, the Respondent shall keep in view the averments made in the complaint.
The matter is accordingly closed and disposed of. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.


(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner

Chandigarh
Dated: 16.10.2006
(Surinder Singh)
Information Commissioner

USHA JINDAL AND ORS Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY AND ORS CWP 14872 of 2006

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB and HARYANA, CHANDIGARH


Date of decision September 28, 2006

and others .......Petitioners
Versus
Punjabi University, Patiala and others ........Respondents

CORAM:
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE VINEY MITTAL AND
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE H.S.BHALLA

Present:-
Sh. B. S. Guliani, Advocate for the petitioners.

Learned counsel appearing on behalf of the petitioners states that the present petition be dismissed as withdrawn with a liberty to the petitioner to seek her remedies before the Civil Court, if so advised.

Dismissed as withdrawn with liberty as aforesaid.

(VINEY MITTAL)
JUDGE

(H.S.BHALLA)
JUDGE

SUVEER SINGH Vs PUNJABI UNIVERSITY PATIALA AND ANR CWP 15632 of 2006



Dr KS Sidhu versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. K.S.Sidhu,
44, Sidhu Villa, Passey Road,
Patiala (Punjab).
………………………Complainant

Vs.
Public Information Officer,
O/o the Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala.

……….…………….Respondent

CC No. 69 of 2006

ORDER

Present Sh. K.S.Sidhu, Complainant in person and Sh. Gurpreet Singh, Advocate on behalf of Sh. Kanwaljeet Singh, Advocate for the Respondent.
This matter had been heard by us on 18th August, 2006. It was decided on that day that copies of certain orders of the Vice Chancellor demanded by the Complainant should be delivered to him.
In his submission before us today, the Complainant takes a preliminary objection questioning the authority of Sh. Gurpreet Singh, Advocate to represent the University. The Counsel clarifies that he is representing the standing Counsel of Punjabi University, Sh. Kanwaljeet Singh. We do not need to go into this matter. A written representation by the Counsel, Sh. Gurpreet Singh to the effect that he has been authorised by the University is sufficient.
On merits, the plea of the Complainant is that certain documents have been supplied to him but one such document which has been delivered is incomplete and has not been authenticated. He produces a copy of the said document before us. This document appears to be the concluding page. The preceding pages of this document have not been supplied. The Counsel for the Respondent states that according to his information only this part of the document is available with the Respondent. He agrees, however, to check whether any remaining part of the said document is on record.

We find that the disposal of this matter is being unnecessarily prolonged and the reason appears to be some confusion about the missing part of a document.
It appears that the documents demanded by the Complainant in his original request for information have mostly been supplied. The dispute is only in respect of this one document discussed above. The Respondent is given one last opportunity to deliver the remaining part of this document within 15 days. If this is the only portion of the document available in the records of the Respondent University, the Public Information Officer will personally submit an affidavit before the Commission to the effect that no other papers linked to the disputed item are available. He would also state that in case any portion of this document has been lost or misplaced then what action has been taken for fixing responsibility.
To come up for further proceedings on 20.11.2006. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.



(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner

Chandigarh
Dated: 25.09.2006

(Surinder Singh)
Information Commissioner

SC BC Employees Coordination Committee Pb versus Punjabi University Patiala

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


SC BC Employees Coordination Committee, Pb. …..Complainant..


Versus

Punjabi University, Patiala. . …. Respondent.


Case No. CC-151-2006.

Present:- Shri Gurpreet Singh, Advocate for the respondent.

ORDER
Shri Gurpreet Singh, Advocate who represented the Punjabi University, Patiala stated that the information has been supplied. Nobody is present from the complainant side. Case is fixed on 6.10.2006 for confirmation.
Sd/-
( R.K. Gupta),
State Information Commissioner.
Dated: 22.09.2006.


Dr KS Sidhu versus Punjabi University Patiala

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


Dr. K.S.Sidhu,
44, Sidhu Villa, Passey Road,
Patiala (Punjab).
----------------------------------------Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o the Registrar, Punjabi University,
Patiala.

----------------------------------------- Respondent
CC No. 69 of 2006

ORDER

Present Dr. K.S.Sidhu, Complainant in person.
None is present on behalf of the Respondent.

The Complainant states that a copy of the preliminary ex-parte enquiry report against him has been supplied by the Respondent, Punjabi University, Patiala. He, however, submits that documents attached with the copy of the enquiry report delivered to him bear no authentication and also do not specify their origin.

We direct that the Respondent, Punjabi University, Patiala should identify and duly authenticate the documents that have been delivered to the Complainant. The authenticated documents may be delivered to him by post.

The Complainant also demands copies of the orders dated 23.07.04 and 29.01.05 whereby the Vice Chancellor had appointed an enquiry officer for conducting firstly the preliminary enquiry and secondly the regular enquiry.

We direct that copies of the orders of the Vice Chancellor as specified above should also be supplied.

To come up for confirmation of compliance on 25.09.06. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.


(Rajan Kashyap)
Chandigarh Chief Information Commissioner
Dated: 18.08.2006

(Surinder Singh)
Information Commissioner

Dr Suveer Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. Suveer Singh
---Complainant.
Vs.

Punjabi University, Patiala. ---Respondent.

Complaint Case No. CC-98 -2006:


Present: Dr. Suveer Singh, complainant.

Mr.Vipul Jindal, Advocate, for the respondent-University.

Order:

The information asked for has been supplied. If the complainant wants more information he should apply afresh which will be treated as a separate and new case, for which he will have to deposit prescribed fee for the same. As far as the present case is concerned, it stands dispoosed of.


(R. K. Gupta)
State Information Commissioner

August 17, 2006.

Dr KS Sidhu versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. K.S.Sidhu,
44, Sidhu Villa, Passey Road,
Patiala (Punjab).
------------------------------------------Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o the Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.

------------------------------------------ Respondent

CC No. 69 of 2006

ORDER

Present Sh. Shapinder Pal Singh, Legal Assistant on behalf of the Registrar, Public Information Officer, Punjabi University, Patiala.
A message has been received on telephone from the Complainant
Dr. K.S.Sidhu that he is medically unfit to come to the Commission’s office today because he has undergone a knee operation. Complainant requests for a fresh date, this request is allowed.
Adjourned to 18th August, 2006 for further proceedings. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.



(Rajan Kashyap)
Chandigarh Chief Information Commissioner
Dated: 24.07.2006


(Surinder Singh)
Information Commissioner

Dr KS Sidhu versus Punjabi University Patiala

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


Dr. K.S.Sidhu,
44, Sidhu Villa, Passey Road,
Patiala (Punjab).

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

Public Information Officer,
O/o the Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
------------------------------------------ Respondent

CC No. 69 of 2006

ORDER

Present Sh. Shapinder Pal Singh, Legal Assistant on behalf of the Registrar, Public Information Officer, Punjabi University, Patiala.
A message has been received on telephone from the Complainant
Dr. K.S.Sidhu that he is medically unfit to come to the Commission’s office today because he has undergone a knee operation. Complainant requests for a fresh date, this request is allowed.
To come up for confirmation of compliance on 18th August, 2006. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.
(Rajan Kashyap)
Chandigarh Chief Information Commissioner
Dated: 24.07.2006


(Surinder Singh)
Information Commissioner

Dr KS Sidhu versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. K.S.Sidhu,
44, Sidhu Villa, Passey Road,
Patiala (Punjab).
-----------------------------------------Complainant

Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
Office of the Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
------------------------------------------ Respondent
CC No. 69 of 2006

ORDER
Present Sh. K.S.Sidhu, Complainant in person
Sh. Gurpreet Singh, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent, Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.
The Respondent requests that a copy of the complaint and application for information may be given to him. This is clearly an absurd position. The Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala has specifically responded to the notice for response sent by the Commission. In this response dated 27.3.2006, the Registrar states as under:-
“It is also submitted for your kind information that Dr. Sidhu has filed Civil Miscellaneous Application no. 3669 of 2006 in Civil Writ Petition No. 8661 if 2005 in the Punjab & Haryana High Court seeking the same relief from Punjab & Haryana High Court for providing Ex-parte Inquiry Report and other related documents. This application came up for hearing on 20.3.2006 before the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court. After the discussion it has been orally ordered by the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court that there is no need to supply the copy of the ex-parte Inquiry Report to the petitioner.”
In the face of the written response of the Registrar dated 17.3.2006, the Respondent’s stand that he does not have a copy of the complaint/application for information is not tenable.
It is apparent that the respondent is not taking this matter with due seriousness. Since the representative of the Respondent is unprepared, it is not possible to proceed further at this stage.

The complainant states before us that he is locked in litigation with the University. He is required to file a replication in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on
4th July, 2006 in a pending case. Since the information relating to this matter has been denied to him by the University, he is not in position to pursue his case in the High Court. His allegation is that the University is deliberately evading the supply of information.
The matter is adjourned to 3rd July, 2006. By this date the information demanded be supplied, or if the Respondent is unwilling to give the information, an affidavit be filed giving reasons for denial.
Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.



(Rajan Kashyap)
Chandigarh Chief Information Commissioner
Dated: 22.06.2006

(R.K.Gupta)
Information Commissioner


(Surinder Singh)
Information Commissioner

Objections to Punjabi University appointments

Patiala, August 23
Punjabi University’s Deputy Controller of Local Audit has raised objections to the appointment of a few persons, including a professor, and remuneration being given to senior teachers for non-teaching responsibilities held by them.

The Audit department has listed the example of Dr Gurpreet Singh Lehal who has been appointed as professor in the Computer Science department without due approvals. The department has noted that the university is releasing his salary of Rs 26,326 per month.

It has also given the example of the earlier appointment of Ms Ramanjit Kaur as Programme Officer in the NSS department against a post which had been abolished by the Regional Centre, Chandigarh of the Ministry of Sports.

The Audit department has also raised the issue of honorarium being given to university teachers at 10 per cent of the basic pay, for holding additional posts. It has noted that Central rules were clear that “when a government employee holds current charge of another post, in addition to his own substantive post, he does not officiate in the former and is not, therefore, entitled to additional remuneration”.

It has also claimed that one teacher has been given an additional charge as Co-ordinator of Examinations against a post which did not exist.

A university spokesman, Dr Baldev Singh Sandhu, said as far as Dr Gurpreet Singh Lehal’s case was concerned, the teacher had been appointed professor in the eminent scholar category.

He said the audit department had raised objection to Dr Lehal’s five year stint in the research wing of the local Thapar Institute, saying this amounted to training in the industry and could not be construed as teaching experience. This charge, he said “seemed to be motivated” and was being sorted out.

He said as far as the issue of grant of an honorarium of 10 per cent of the basic pay was concerned, the issue would be explained to the audit department. He said earlier the university was giving a lumpsum to teachers holding additional responsibilities and that the audit department did not have any objections to it.

Dr Daisy Walia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. Daisy Walia,
# 2-A, Gurudwara Moti Bagh Colony,
Patiala …….Complainant.
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ……..Respondent

CC No. 291 of 2007

ORDER

On 19.09.2007, the decision on the question of imposition of penalty under Section 20 RTI Act, 2005, upon the Respondent was reserved.

2. The consideration of the question regarding imposition of penalty upon the Respondent PIO under Section 20 RTI Act, 2005, arises in the context of failure by the Respondent to supply the information against item no. (ix) of the demand made by the Complainant. The information demanded against item no. (ix) is as under :-
“List of experts recommended by ACD of Dance Department for the post of lecturers, Readers and Professor for the sessions 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006 & 2006-2007.”

3. Initially, the response by the Respondent to this demand for information was that the approved panel for the selection of teachers is confidential information which cannot be disclosed. Subsequently, however, the stand taken on behalf of the Respondent regarding information against item no. (ix) has been that “the ACD of department of dance had not recommended any list of experts for the session 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006 & 2006-2007” There has, thus, been a definite shift in the stand of the Respondent in so far as the availability of information against item no. (ix) with the Respondent University is concerned. No reasons were ever given for the inconsistency in the pleas taken by the Respondent in regard to the information against item no. (ix). It has also not been averred that the initial plea was a result of any bona fide mistake. In these circumstances, we had vide our order dated 23rd May, 2007 had directed the Respondent to supply the information against item no. (ix) to the Complainant within 15 days. Subsequently vide our order dated 27th August, 2007, the Respondent was called upon to show cause why penalty under Section 20 RTI Act, 2005,be not imposed upon him for not supplying the information against item no. (ix).

4. The Respondent has filed his reply dated 13.09.2007 to the show cause notice issued vide order dated 27.08.2007. In this reply, the stand taken by the Respondent is that while passing the order dated 23.05.2007, the Commission has not taken notice of the Respondent’s reply dated 08.03.2007 wherein the stand of the Respondent was that the ACD of Department of Dance had not recommended any list of experts for the session 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006 & 2006-2007. It is further submitted that this stand of the university was reiterated during the hearing held on 13.06.2007.

5. As already noted, this subsequent stand of the Respondent runs counter to its initial stand taken on 05th February, 2007. At no stage has the Respondent made any attempt to take the plea of the initial stand being a bona fide mistake. No reasons were ever adduced by the Respondent for subsequently taking up a stand which is inconsistent with the initial stand. Apart from this, vide our order dated 23.05.2007, we had already decided that the Respondent should disclose information against item no. (ix). The Respondent also has not sought any review of this order dated 23.05.2007. It is, thus, too late in the day to contend that the information demanded against item no. (ix) does not exist.

6. We, however, are of the view that the Respondent Public Information Officer is not personally responsible for the inconsistent stands taken by the Punjabi University in regard to the information against item no. (ix). The PIO has obviously been relying upon the information provided by the office of the university. It is apparent that the error leading to the impasse has been by the office of the Punjabi University and not by the PIO personally. In these circumstances, we do not consider it to be a fit case for the imposition of penalty upon the Respondent PIO. The request for the imposition of penalty upon the PIO is, thus, declined.

7. The facts and circumstances appearing in this case, however, leave no manner of doubt that the Public Authority that is the Punjabi University, Patiala has approached this matter in a very cavalier fashion. The office of the Punjabi University has been remiss in not properly applying its mind to the issues involved.It is this laxity on the part of the office of the Punjabi University, Patiala which has resulted in the present faux pas. We, therefore, consider it to be a fit case for the award of compensation to the Complainant for the detriment/loss suffered by her in having to pursue her complaint before the Commission on a number of dates. In our view, award of Rs. 5000/- (Rs. Five Thousand only) as compensation to the Complainant would meet the ends of justice. We order accordingly.

8. We wish to make it clear that the amount of compensation of Rs. 5000/- (Rs. Five Thousand only) shall be paid to the Complainant by the Punjabi University, Patiala. The PIO shall not be personally liable to pay the compensation awarded to the Complainant.

9.Report of compliance with these orders be submitted by the Punjabi University, Patiala within 15 days.

10. The case is disposed of. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.

(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh


Lt. Gen.P.K.Grover (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Manjit Singh Bhatia versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, 2nd Floor (Court No-1), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Manjit Singh Bhatia,
524, Harjinder Nagar,
Patiala. ___________Complainant
Vs.
Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University, Patiala. __________ Respondent

CC No.1620 of 2007
Present:
i) None on behalf of the complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.
ORDER
Heard.

With reference to the application for information dated 30-7-2007 of the complainant, the respondent wrote to him informing him that the application is unsigned and is not in accordance with the rules framed under the RTI Act and that he should therefore, make a fresh application on the prescribed form. The respondent has shown the afore mentioned application dated 30-7-2007 which had been received from the complainant and I find that the objections raised by the respondent are valid and correct.

In the light of the above, this complaint needs no action since the application for information was not valid.

The respondent has also shown to the Court a so-called fresh application which the complainant has made after receiving the reply from the University on 1-11-2007. In his fresh communication, what the complainant had done is to send a copy of his earlier application dated 30-7-2007 and I find that even this application of the complainant is not on the prescribed form and does not therefore confirm to the rules framed under the RTI Act. He is, therefore, advised to make a proper application after which the respondent should provide him the required information under the RTI Act.

Disposed of.


(P.K.Verma)

State Information Commissioner

Sh Nimal Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Sh. Nimal Singh,
# 568, Giani Zail Singh Nagar,
Ropar.
__________ Complainant
Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. _____________ Respondent

CC No. 891 of 2007

Present:
i) Sh. Nirmal Singh, complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma,Advocate,on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER
Heard.

The respondent has stated that the reply to be issued to the complainant is ready and will be given to him within three days.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 13-9-2007 for confirmation of compliance.

(P.K.Verma)
Dated: 6th September, 2007 State Information Commissioner


Sh Harnek Singh Chairman versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. Harnek Singh (Chairman),
Global Institute of Dalit Studies,
# 127, Phase-2, Urban Estate,
Patiala.
..Complainant
Vs

Public Information Officer
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ..Respondent

CC No. 864 of 2007

ORDER

Present:
None is present on behalf of the Complainant.
Sh. Vikrant Sharma on behalf of the Respondent.

Vide our order dated 13.08.2007, we had directed that the information demanded by the Complainant regarding the relatives of certain employees of the University be supplied to him within 15 days. The representative of the Respondent has presented today a letter dated 31.08.2007 from the Public Information Officer, giving the information as directed in our last order.

2. The original of the letter dated 31.08.2007, a copy of which is supplied to us, has been sent to the Complainant also vide endorsement no. 690 dated 31.08.2007.

3. We find that the information as ordered by us has been duly supplied. The matter is, accordingly, disposed of.


(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh
Dated: 03.09.2007
Lt. Gen.P.K.Grover (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner


(Mrs. Ravi Singh ) State Information Commissioner

Sk Sharma Budhladawale versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. S.K. Sharma Budhladawale,
Abhiwadan Kutir, Suketari,
Behind Sukhna Lake,
Panchkula- 134109. ________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar, Punjabi University,
Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 759 of 2007

Present:
ii). Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate,on behalf of the respondent

ORDER

Heard.

This complaint has been filed by Ld. Counsel claiming to being a representative of certain persons who have neither been named nor have appeared before this Court. The Ld. Counsel has also not given to the Commission any power of attorney on behalf of any individual who is supposed to have not got information which was asked for. In these circumstances, the complaint has not been made by a proper person and is therefore dismissed.

The Counsel has been advised to ask the person who wanted the information in the first instance, to make a proper application for information, either himself or through a duly authorized attorney, and to then make a proper complaint, if necessary.

Disposed of.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Sh Manjit Singh Bhatia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Sh. Manjit Singh Bhatia,
# 524, Harinder Nagar,
Patiala. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No.783 of 2006

Present:
i) Sh. Manjeet Singh Bhatia, complainant in person..
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The information which was required to be given by the complainant to the respondent within a week as recorded in this Court’s orders dated 5-7-2007 was given by him only on 30-7-2007 and the respondent states that in the short time is available , they have not been able to locate the applications of the complainant dated 14-6-1999 and 21-6-1999 . Secondly, the complainant has given the Receipt No. of the Receipt Register of the University under which the applications were received, namely, No. 5891 dated 14-6-1999 and 1013 dated 21-9-1999, but has not been able to produce any copy of the reply claimed by him to have not been received in response to these applications.

The respondent is directed to show to the Court the Receipt Register in his office which was in operation from June, 1999 and September, 1999 on the next date of hearing.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 23-8-2007 for further orders.


(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Dr Baljinder Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Dr. Baljinder Singh,
Lecturer, Staff Quarters,
Govind National College,
Narangwal,
Ludhiana. ________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
________________ Respondent

CC No. 496 of 2007

Present:
i) Dr. Baljinder Singh, Complainant in person.
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The Ld. Counsel for the respondent has shown to the Court a copy of the proceedings of the meeting of the Syndicate in which the approval was accorded for appointment of Reader, Punjab Historical Studies, which shows that the meeting was held on 29-3-2007. The office of the Registrar informed the complainant on 5-4-2007 that the approval of the syndicate for appointment to the post of Reader has not yet been approved by the Syndicate. The Ld. Counsel explained that this happened because the office of the Syndicate take some time in recording the proceedings of a meeting which in this case was recorded and circulated only on 7-5-2007. The office of the Registrar, on 5-4-2007 had no information about the approval accorded by the Syndicate. However, the Syndicate in its meeting held on 29-3-2007 also noted the issuance of the appointment letter by the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Kulwinder Singh Bajwa, which shows that it was not necessary for the appointment letter to be issued only after the issuance of the proceedings of the meeting of the Syndicate. The complainant has pointed out certain deficiencies in respect of the information given to him. These are as follows:-

1) The respondent has provided to him the basic essential qualifications for being considered for the post of Reader, and not the criteria of short-listing.

2) The complainant has asked for the bio-data and testimonials of the selected candidates. He states that he has not been given any testimonials of the selected candidate pertaining to his Research work and teaching experience.

The respondent is directed to give the remaining information to the complainant within 7 days from today.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 16-8-2007 for confirmation of compliance.
(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Sh Pushpesh Kumar versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 32-34, 1st Floor (Court No-2), Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Sh. Pushpesh Kumar,
H.No 5617-A-9656,
Mohalla Pujan Wala,
Bathinda-151001.
________________ Complainant
Vs.

1.)Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar Punjabi University,
Patiala.

2.) Public Information Officer ,
O/o Registrar,Guru Nanak Dev University,
Amritsar. ________________ Respondent

CC No. 500 of 2007

Present:
i)None, on behalf of the complainant.
ii)Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of respondent No. 1.
iii)Sh. Harbhajan Singh, Advocate on behalf of respondent No. 2

ORDER

Heard

The required information has been provided by both the respondents to the complainant.

The supplied information has been seen by the Court to its satisfaction.

Disposed of.

(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Dated: 5th July, 2007

Sh Manjit Singh Bhatia versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

# 524, Harinder Nagar,
Patiala. _________________ Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer,
O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ________________ Respondent

CC No.783 of 2006

Present:
i) Ash. Manjeet Singh Bhatia, complainant in person..
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

The information required by the complainant in this case has been provided to him except in respect of Sr. No. 10 and 11 of his application dated 15-10-2006, in which he has asked for the action taken and orders passed on his application dated 14-6-1999 and 21-6-1999 regarding change of his Date of Birth. The respondent claimed that neither of these two applications appears to have been received in his office since they have not been found despite efforts to locate them. The complainant on the other hand claims to have with him the Diary No. with which these two applications were received in the office of the Registrar, and memo. No. of a reply which he claims was sent in response to one of these applications. He has been advised to convey this information in writing within a week to the respondent, who will, thereafter, make a sincere effort to locate these papers and give the required information to the complainant.

Adjourned to 10 AM on 2-8-2007 for confirmation of compliance.



(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Dated: 5th July, 2007

Ms Rajbir Sharma versus Punjabi University Patiala

STAE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.

Ms. Rajbir Sharma ....Complainant
Vs.
PIO/Punjabi University, Patiala .....Respondent.
CC No-759-2006:

Present:
None for the complainant.
Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate for the P.I.O. Punjabi University.

Order:

The complainant vide her complaint dated 18-11-2006 filed in the Commission submitted that her application dated September 19, 2006 along with prescribed fee under the R.T.I. Act, 2005, sent through Regd. Post, wherein information had been asked from the P.I.O. office of Registrar, Punjabi University, had not been attended to.

2. A copy of the complaint was sent by the Commission on November 22, 2006 to the P.I.O. Office of Registered, Punjabi University, Patiala for his response within 15 days, but no reply was received. Thereafter, a date of hearing was fixed for March 13, 2007

3. Today, Shri Vikrant Sharma, Advocate stated that the University has not received the complaint along with its enclosure, though it was sent by the Commission as far back as November 22, 2006, by Regd. Post. However, on the request of the Advocate, copy of the complaint along with its enclosures was handed over to him, in Court.

4. Shri Vikrant Sharma also stated that all information has been given to the complaint and an amount of Rs.1530/- due to her as per University Rules(she had asked for 1700/-), has already been refunded to her vide Bank Draft for Rs.1530/- sent on March 22, 2007. Regarding the delay, Shri Vikrant Sharma, asserts since there are three Public Relations Officers in the University, a special cell has been constituted in the University where all letters pertaining to the R.T.I. Act will be processed, so that no delay occurs in future.
Considering the facts of the case, the case is disposed of.

SD: SD:
(Mrs. Rupan Deol Bajaj) (Mrs. Ravi Singh)
State Information Commissioner State Information Commissioner
June 06, 2007.

Sh Jagdeep Singh versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No.84 -85, Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.

.Sh. Jagdeep Singh,
S/o S. Gurcharan Singh
Vill. Sheikhpura,

P.O. Punjabi University,
Patiala
………….Complainant
Vs

The Public Information Officer,
O/o..The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ………….Respondent

CC No. 101 of 2007

Present:
None on behalf of the complainant
Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate,on behalf of the respondent

ORDER

Heard

The information required by the complainant has been prepared by the respondent and will be sent to him by post within 15 days. The respondent has made a submission with regard to certain points on which the complainant has asked for information, which are as follows:-

i) The information asked for against point No. (iv) stands automatically included in the information being provided to him against point (i).

ii) Point No. (vi) is unreasonable, firstly because the specific citation of the ruling of the Hon’ble Punjab and Haryana High Court referred to therein has not been given and secondly, the University can not be expected to enforce the requirement of reservation for the handicapped in so far as private contractors are concerned.

Both the above submissions made by the respondent have been found to be reasonable and are accepted.

Disposed of.


(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)

State Information Commissioner, State Information Commissioner

Sh Varneesh Talwar versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No.84 -85, Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.
Sh. Varneesh Talwar,
S/o Tarsem Pal,
# 5-C/87, New Mandi Dhuri,
Distt. Sangrur.

.
………….Complainant
Vs

The Public Information Officer,
O/o.The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ………….Respondent

CC No. 110 of 2007

Present:
i)None,on behalf of the complainant .
ii) Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent


ORDER

Heard

There is no indication in the complaint given by the complainant or his application made on 18-12-2006 for information, which has been made to the ‘Information Officer’ of Punjabi University, Patiala, that the required application fees of Rs. 10/- has been paid or deposited by him. The respondent has submitted that no fees has been received.

In the above circumstances, the complainant may make a fresh application to the “ PIO, o/o the Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala “ for the required information along with the application fees of Rs. 10/-, which may be suitably dealt with by the respondent under the provisions of the RTI Act.

Disposed of.



(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)

State Information Commissioner, State Information Commissioner

Hem Raj Verma versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No. 32-34,(1st Floor), Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.

Sh. Hem Raj Verma,
H. No. 1415, Sector 21.
Panchkula. ………….Complainant

Vs

The Public Information Officer,
O/o.The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ………….Respondent

CC No.593 of 2007

Present:
i)Sh.Hem Raj Verma, complainant in person.
ii)S.Parm Bakhshish Singh, Registrar,Punjabi University,Patiala and Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Advocate, on behalf of the respondent.

ORDER

Heard.

With reference to the directions contained in the orders of this Court dated 8-2-2007, the respondents have given to the Court a copy of the written communication which they have sent to the complainant. According to this communication the University has provided the following information to the complainant:-

i) It has been clarified and confirmed by the respondents that apart from the notings given to him dealing with his letters dated 22-6-2004 and 14-5-2004, there is no other noting which deals with his letter dated 22-6-2004.

ii) It has been explained to the complainant that earlier, when the Resolution delegating disciplinary powers was passed by the Syndicate on 21-7-1994, the Syndicate itself was not authorized to do this under the statute of the University. This was done on 27-4-1994 by amending the concerned statutes and the Resolution of the syndicate dated 29-3-2005 was therefore in pursuance of the amended statutes. However, it has been clarified to the complainant by the respondents that the Resolution dated 29-3-2005 was given retrospective effect since it validates the earlier exercise of authority delegated to the Vice Chancellor vide Syndicate’s Resolution dated 21-7-1984 and it was for this reason that the complainant had been informed that the Vice Chancellor had approved the appointment of the Inquiry Officer in his case in the year 2004, in accordance with the Resolution of the Syndicate passed on 29-3-2005.

iii) The complainant has been informed that there are no notings of any kind to be found in the records of the University dealing with his letter dated 21-9-2005. It has also been mentioned in the letter of the respondent that “all the notings in this regard have already been supplied” to the complainant.

There is now no point left in this case on which any further action is required or can be taken and the case is accordingly disposed of.



(Kulbir Singh) (P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner, State Information Commissioner

Dr KS Sidhu versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Dr.K.S.Sidhu,
44-Sidhu Villa Passey Road,
Patiala (Punjab ) …………....Complainant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
o/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala. ………….Respondent

CC No.69 of 2006
ORDER

Present:
Dr.K.S.Sidhu, Complainant in person.
Sh.Gurpreet Singh, Advocate on behalf of the Respondent.

Respondent submits an affidavit stating that he has not deliberately denied information and that no penalty be imposed.

2. Complainant on the other hand, insists that he has been harassed wilfully by the University, that he has not been supplied the information and that he should be compensated for the detriment suffered by him on account of repeated visits to the Commission and the University. He also submits that suitable penalty be imposed upon the Respondent Public Information Officer.

3. To come up for pronouncement of judgment on the question of award of penalty and also compensation to the Complainant for the detriment allegedly suffered by him on 20.03.2007.

(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner
Chandigarh
Dated: 06.02.2007
(Surinder Singh ) State Information Commissioner


(Lt. Gen.P.K.Grover)
State Information Commissioner

Sh Hem Raj Verma versus Punjabi University Patiala

State Information Commission, Punjab,
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17 C , Chandigarh.

Sh .Hem Raj Verma,
H.No. 1415, Sector 21,
Panchkula.
………….Complainant

Vs

The Public Information Officer,
O/o .The Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
………….Respondent

CC No. 593 of 2006

Present:
i)Sh. Hem Raj Verma, complainant in person.
ii)Sh. Vikrant Sharma, on behalf of the respondent..


ORDER

Heard.

The respondent has sent some information to the complainant but complete information has not been supplied. The complainant pointed out the deficiencies in the information vide his letter dated 22-12-2006 but the deficiencies have still not been made up till today. The respondent has undertaken to supply the full information to the complainant within 7 days from today. In view of the fact that the original application was made on 21-7-2006 and its supply has been inordinately delayed, it is made clear that this would be a clear case for imposition of the prescribed penalty if the commitment now being made by the respondent is not fulfilled.

Adjourned to 18-1-2007 for confirmation of compliance.


(P.K.Verma)
State Information Commissioner

Dr KS Sidhu versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Dr.K.S.Sidhu,
44-Sidhu Villa Passey Road,
Patiala (Punjab )
…………......Appellant

Vs.

Public Information Officer
o/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.
………….Respondent

CC No.69 of 2006
ORDER

Present:
Dr.K.S.Sidhu, complainant in person.
Sh.Gurpreet Singh, Advocate on behalf of PIO, o/o Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.

On the last date of hearing i.e. 20.11.2006 we had observed that the specific document demanded by the complainant was not available on record with the office of Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala. We had directed that an inquiry should be conducted at an appropriate level into the loss of the document in question.

Respondent submits before us a copy of the report of Inquiry Officer appointed by the Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala into the loss of original document. There are claims and counter-claims before us in regard to the responsibility for loss of document in question. The Commission is not to adjudicate this matter or to fix responsibility for the loss of a specific document. We are merely required to ensure that information demanded is given, and if such information is not available, to satisfy ourselves that efforts have been made by the appropriate authority to trace the information. Efforts in this regard have clearly not borne fruit. The Inquiry Officer has opined that while the document in question is undoubtedly missing, responsibility cannot be fixed for its loss. The Inquiry Officer hints that the role of the then Registrar (the complainant Dr. K.S.Sidhu himself ) in the loss of the document cannot be ruled out.

Since the document in question has not been traced despite best efforts, we cannot proceed any further in regard to its delivery. We can only conclude that such document is no longer on record.

The complainant pleads before us that his efforts to obtain the document in question have led to great harassment to him. He alleges that University authorities have been deliberately avoiding the delivery of information to him. He demands that for this, suitable penalty be imposed on the PIO.

We direct that before the next date of hearing, PIO should submit an affidavit explaining why the demand of the complainant for imposing penalty should not be accepted.
To come up for confirmation of compliance on 06.02.2007.

Copies of this Order be sent to both the parties.


(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner

Chandigarh
(Surinder Singh) Information Commissioner

Ms Daisy Walia versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Ms.Daisy Walia,
Lecturer Dance,
2-A, Gurdwara Moti Bagh Colony,
Patiala.

…………......Appellant
Vs.

Public Information Officer
o/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.

………….Respondent

CC No.708 of 2006
ORDER
Present:
Ms.Daisy Walia, complainant in person.
Sh.Vikrant Sharma, Advocate on behalf of PIO, o/o Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.

On the last date of hearing i.e. 5.12.2006 we had directed that information on 13 out of 14 items listed in the demand for information in para (vii) should be supplied to her. In respect of one of these items i.e. number (xii) we had decided that this being a bulky document need not be supplied. The complainant states before us that certain information has been supplied as per directions of the Commission, but that the following items have still not been supplied:-
(i) Item No.(ii) -copy of the application submitted by Sh.Madhukar Anand for Appointment as Prof. on adhoc basis;

(ii) Item No.(xiii)- Reports of Experts regarding published work of Sh.Madhukar Anand.

Respondent admits before us that the information on items (ii) and (xiii) above has not been properly delivered. He is prepared to give this information as demanded.
In respect of item (xii) viz copies of published work submitted by Sh.Madhukar Anand for evaluation, Respondent submits that it is not clear from the complaint as to whether the information demanded relates to the reports of the experts on the adhoc appointment or the reports of the experts on regular appointment. He also submits that since the interviews for the regular appointment were held on 21.09.2006 ' three days after the request for information was received ' quite clearly he is not required to supply the information which did not even exist on the file on 18.09.2006.

The complainant clarifies before us that the information demanded on the reports of experts relates to the initial adhoc appointment and not the regular appointment. Respondent is directed to deliver this information immediately. Respondent states that in respect of reports of experts regarding adhoc appointment, this has been duly supplied as per item No.(vii). The complainant accepts that the reports of experts that might have been made on 21.09.2006 cannot be a subject matter of the present case. She would make a separate request for information on the report pertaining to the regular appointment of 21.09.2006.

To sum up, Respondent is directed to ensure that information on items (ii) and (xiii)) is supplied to the complainant within a week.

To come up for confirmation of compliance on 16.01.2007.

Copies of this Order be sent to both the parties.


(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner

Chandigarh
(Surinder Singh) Information Commissioner

Ms Daisy Walia versus Punjabi University Patiala

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH.
Ms.Daisy Walia,
Lecturer Dance,
2-A, Gurudwara Moti Bagh Colony,
Patiala
…………......Complainant

Vs.
PIO, O/o Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala ………………….Respondent

CC No. 708 of 2006
ORDER

Present:
Sh.Aashu Sharma Advoate on behalf of complainant.
Ms.Daisy Walia and Sh.Vikrant Sharma Advocate on behalf of the Respondent, PIO, Registrar, Punjabi University, Patiala.
On 18.09.2006, the complainant had demanded information on 14 items listed in para 7 of his application The complainant states before us that no response was received within one month of the request of 18.09.2006. On 2.11.2006 the Punjabi University informed her that the information in question could not be supplied as the matter did not concern the complainant. All this information relates to the qualifications and experience etc. of one Sh. Madhukar Anand. The respondent accepts that the complainant as well as Sh.Madhukar Anand are candidates for appointment as Professor, Dance, Punjabi University.

Aggrieved by the failure of the University to respond within the stipulated period, and also the terse rejection of her demand for information received just after the period of one month had elapsed, the complainant approached the Commission with a complaint under section 18(b) of the RTI Act.

The Respondent states before us here today that the matter of selection of Professor of Dance, Punjabi University is presently under consideration of the Hon’ble High Court of Punjab & Haryana. A Writ Petition had been filed by Ms.Daisy Walia before the High Court questioning the proposed appointment of Sh.Madhukar Anand as Professor.

The Respondent produces before us a copy of letter from Sh.Kanwal Jit Singh, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Punjab & Haryana High Court, Kothi No.678, Sector 11B,Chandigarh dated 21st September 2006 to the Registrar of Punjabi University, Patiala which reads as under:-
“ I am hurriedly writing this to you from Court itself that Mrs.Daisy Ahluwalia’s case has been adjourned to 26.9.2006. Selection may be made & interview to go on but the result be kept under sealed cover for the moment & no appointment letter be issued.

For filing reply on behalf of Mr.Anand, Dr. S.S.Boparai & Smt.Sunita, kindly inform them to come to my office on 24.9.2006 at 10.30 a.m. so that formal affidavits are filed.

Kanwaljit Singh “

The Respondent pleads before us that the import of the verbal directions of the Hon’ble High Court is that the High Court has barred the University from disclosing any information whatsoever connected with the interviews, including the details demanded by the complainant in para 7 (i) to (xiv). The Respondent avers that these documents can be disclosed only after the final orders of the High Court.

The complainant on the other hand avers that the directions of the High Court in regard to placing the result in a sealed cover do not bar the University from supply of basic information demanded by him. Complainant pleads that the orders of the High Court require only that the result be kept in sealed cover and that the University should not issue any appointment letter. According to complainant, there is no bar from the High Court on supplying the information demanded by him, since this would not be a part of the result as such.

We are inclined to accept the plea of the complainant that the items of information listed in para 7 should be delivered to her. These are strictly speaking not a part of the result of the Selection Committee, as such not barred by the Hon’ble High Court for disclosure.

We further observe that whereas the letter of Sh.Kanwal JIt Singh Advocate conveying the verbal directions of the Hon’ble High Court is dated 21.09.2006, the subsequent letter of Punjabi University dated 2.11.2006 rejecting the complainant’s demand for supply of information makes no mention of the same decision of the High Court that would have been delivered more than one month earlier. Indeed, the reason given for refusal of information in the letter of 2.11.2006 is that the information demanded does not concern the complainant at all. The exact wording of the letter dated 2.11.2006 in Punjabi is reproduced below:-

According to RTI Act any citizen of India can demand information and it is not necessary for him to show his nexus or connection with the item of information demanded. Thus, the decision of the Punjabi University, Patiala to refuse information to the complainant as conveyed on 2.11.2006 is totally without any justification.

In these circumstances the Respondent is directed to ensure that the items of information listed in para 7 of the request dated 18.09.2006,except item No.(xii), are delivered to the complainant within a period of fifteen days. Respondent need not deliver the item No.(xii) “copies of published work submitted by Madhukar Anand for evaluation” as this might a bulky document and difficult to copy.

To come up for confirmation of compliance on 02.01.2007.

Copies of this Order be sent to both the parties.


(Rajan Kashyap)
Chief Information Commissioner

Chandigarh

(Surinder Singh ) Information Commissioner

SC BC Employees Coordination Committee Punjab versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

SC BC Employees Coordination Committee Punjab
Through Chairman Sh. Malagar Singh,
15/7, Anand Nagar-B,
Tripuri, Patiala.
______Complainant.
Vs.


The Public Information Officer,
o/o Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University,
Patiala. -----------Respondent.

C.C.No- 151-2006

Present:
Shri Malagar Singh for complainant.
Shri Gurpreet Singh, Advocate for the respondent.

Order:

Heard both the parties. Shri Gurpreet Singh states that the information asked for by the complainant have been supplied. However, the complainant wants detailed information about cadre alongwith names, sur-name and number of candidates appointed and the date of their appointment.

So far as the original application filed by the complainant is concerned, the information asked for by him has been supplied. The case stands disposed of accordingly. However, if the complainant wants further information as stated above, he may move fresh application with full details so that the department can be asked to supply the same.

Sd/-
(R.K. Gupta)
State Information Commissioner.

SC BC Employees Coordination Committee Punjab versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

SC BC Employees Coordination Committee Punjab
Through Chairman Sh. Malagar Singh,
15/7, Anand Nagar-B,
Tripuri, Patiala.
______Complainant.
Vs.

The Public Information Officer,
o/o Vice Chancellor, Punjabi University,
Patiala. -----------Respondent.
C.C.No- 151-2006

Present:
Shri Malagar Singh for complainant.
Shri Gurpreet Singh, Advocate for the respondent.

Order:
Shri Gurpreet Singh, Advocate has submitted a copy of the reply which is dated 19.09.2006. In this letter, it is stated that the reply given is on the basis of tentative information. Shri Malagar Singh states that instead of tentative information, it should be a certified information from the Vice Chancellor, Punjab University, Patiala or his authorized representative. It is also surprising that during the hearing on 4.9.2006, it was stated by the complainant that about 800 persons have been kept whereas Shri Gurpreet Singh informs that only 71 persons have been kept tentatively in the regular cadre. Detail of the cadre is not provided nor was it sought for. He also stated that it is possible that some temporary staff might have been kept for attending to occasional exigencies like holding of seminars but they are absolutely temporary and adhoc in nature. The detail of the same is not available. The complainant says that even if it is for temporary or short term, advertisement should have been made which has not been done. He also wanted to be sure that Shri Gurpreet Singh, Advocate should have proper authority letter for appearing before the Commission. This information should be supplied and case to come up for confirmation on 3.11.06.
Sd/-
(R.K. Gupta)
State Information Commissioner.

SC BC Employees Coordination Committee versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

SC BC Employees Coordination Committee

Vs

Punjabi University.

Complaint Case No. CC-151 -2006:


Present:
Shri Malagar Singh, complainant.

Mr. Gurpreet Singh, Advocate, for the Punjabi University, Patiala.

Order:

Shri Malagar Singh stated that the information has already been badly delayed, whereas Shri Gurpreet Singh Advocate stated that since information required is to be collected from various department and as stated by the complainant Shri Malagar Singh, it involves recruitment of about 800 persons. It may take some time and some more time may be granted.

According, the case is adjourned to September 22, 2006.


(R. K. Gupta)
State Information Commissioner

September 04, 2006.

SC BC Employees Co-ordination Committee versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

SC BC Employees Co-ordination Committee

Vs.

Punjabi University

Complaint Case No. CC-151-2006:


Present:
Shri Malagar Singh, complainant in person.

Shri Gurpreet Singh, Advocate for University-respondent.

Order:

Shri Gurpreet Singh offered that the complainant Shri Malagar Singh can deposit the revised fee of Rs.10/- along with the application indicating the records required to be seen so that the same can be made available. After inspection, whatever copies he needs, he will deposit the fee and get the copies.

Shri Gurtpreet Singh, Advocate, also submitted that if there is any information, which cannot be revealed, he would let the Commission know on the next date.

Shri Malagar Singh complainant has accepted the offer of Shri Gurpreet Singh, Advocate.

Case to come up for compliance on September 04, 2006.


(R.K. Gupra)
State information Commissioner.

Dr KS Sidhu versus Punjabi University Patiala

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

Dr. K.S.Sidhu,
44, Sidhu Villa, Passey Road,
Patiala (Punjab).

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

Public Information Officer,
Office of the Registrar,
Punjabi University,
Patiala.

------------------------------------------ Respondent

CC No. 69 of 2006

ORDER
Present
Sh. K.S.Sidhu, Complainant in person
Sh. Kanwaljit Singh, Advocate, Counsel for Respondent.

The Respondent avers that the preliminary enquiry in question, which was held ex-parte is of no consequence, since a regular enquiry was conducted thereafter. He submits that this preliminary enquiry is not to be considered at all. The Complainant on the other hand argues that the report prepared as a result of a preliminary ex-parte enquiry conducted against him is also classifiable as ‘information’ under section 2 (f) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

A reading of the definition of information in section 2(f) of the Right to Information Act, 2005 makes it abundantly clear that even a preliminary ex-parte enquiry of this nature is to be considered as information.
The Respondent is, therefore, directed to supply a copy of the ex-parte enquiry report to the Complainant.

To come up for confirmation of compliance on 24th July, 2006. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.
(Rajan Kashyap)
Chandigarh Chief Information Commissioner


(R.K.Gupta)
Information Commissioner


(Surinder Singh)
Information Commissioner

Established under Punjab Act No. 35

Established under Punjab Act No. 35 of 1961.

Varsity officials used sponsorships to go abroad, alleges Dean

Patiala, April 30, 2007

Foreign visits of the Punjabi university officials, Patiala are in a controversy. Baltej Singh Mann , dean, Resource Mobilisation ,who recently resigned from his post, today alleged the senior officials of the university, including VC Swaran Singh Boparai and his wife Satwant Kaur Boparai had used sponsorships of university donors to go abroad.

Talking to The Tribune here today Mann alleged in the past more than one year, the university officials had been using sponsorships being sent by donors.

The university officials, who had visited foreign countries availing sponsorships from donors besides the VC and his wife include Baldev Singh Sandhu director public relations, Jodh Singh, Rajinder Gill and Satnam Singh Sandhu, he alleged. According to documents with The Tribune the university officials, including the VC, visited Frankfurt,the UK, Canada and the USA on invitation from foreign universities or sponsorships from donors to the institution. Mann has alleged while he and his wife had been denied the permission to go abroad on the apprehension they might misuse sponsorships from university had not other said officials been allowed to misuse the sponsorshipsMann today submitted resignation from the post of director- cum- coordinator, university enquiry and information centre.

He said I had resigned to redeem by pride. I would file a defamation suite against the university authorities, he said.The vice chancellor described allegations levelled by Mann as baseless.

He said he along with wife visited abroad about three year ago. Only my visit was official while the cost of the visit of other family members was private. At that time the sponsors were not the university donors.

The later visits being alleged by Mann were made specifically for raising funds for the academic programmes the university intended to run for poor students. The visits were legal and I am willing to declare the names of the sponsors .

Mann was not submitting in writing the names of the sponsors of his proposed US and Canda visit. The VC added the visit of Mann was private in nature and he could not be allowed to use the official donors of university as sponsors.The VC, however, declined to comment on the reports regarding the suspension of Mann.

Meanwhile the members of the joint action committee demanding the removal of VC have demanded that an inquiry into allegations and counter-allegations of the former dean and the university authorities.

Dr SS Tiwana, Dean Academic Affairs

Prof.S. S. Tiwana
71-A, IDGAH, The Mall, Patiala
Ph.No. 0175-2200033, 3046044
Mobile No. 09872389621


23.02.2010
LECTURE: The department of public administration of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, organised an extension lecture on 'Challenges to Indian Administration' here today.

Prof SS Tiwana, chairman, department of public administration, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the resource person. Dr Karmjit Kaur Virdi welcomed Tiwana, who explained challenges to Indian administration like evils of bureaucracy, criminalised politics, privatisation, globalisation, human rights, environment protection, district administration and democratic ethos.

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02.07.2010

Tiwana is Dean academic affairs
Dr SS Tiwana, professor in the department of public administration, has taken over as Dean, academic affairs of Punjabi University, Patiala, here yesterday. Dr Tiwana has more than 80 research papers to his name and guided 12 candidates to get their doctorate degrees.

He has been awarded with the titles- 'Man of the Year' by the American Biographic Institute, California, and Vijya Shree by the India International Society for his contribution in public administration.

Presently, he is vice-president of the Indian Public Administration Association and Indian Political Science Association.

A former head of the public administration department, Dr Tiwana has done his research work with special focus on federalism and centre-state relations.

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10.07.2010
Pbi varsity revises admission schedule

Patiala, July 9
Keeping in view the flood situation in Punjab and Haryana, the date of aptitude tests and interviews applicable for admission to various courses at Puniabi University campus has been extended to July 12.

Dean, academic affairs Dr SS Tiwana said the date of admission to the postgraduate diplomas in gender studies and Women and Child Development has been extended to July 25. He further informed that admission to BCA and PGDCA courses at Punjabi University, neighbourhood campus, Jaito, will now be held on July 30 at 10 am.

'Last date for submission of the application forms for the BCA and PGDCA courses without any late fee is July 19,' he added

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GURPREET SINGH Vs. STATE OF PUNJAB and ANOTHER Crl Misc M 19484 of 2010



Colleges affiliated with this University

Total number of colleges affiliated with this University = 280
1 Akal College for Girls, Khamanon
2 Akal College of Education, Gurusagar Mastuana Sahib
3 Akal College of Education for Women, Sangrur
4 Akal College of Physical Education, Gurusagar Mastuana Sahib
5 Akal Degree College, Gurusagar Mastuana Sahib
6 Akal Degree College for Women, Fatehgarh Chhana Village
7 Akal Sahaye College of Education, Kotkapura
8 Aklia College of Education, Goniana
9 Aklia Degree College, Aklia Kalan Village
10 Amar Shaheed Baba Ajit Singh Jujhar Singh Memorial College ASBASJSM Bela, Ropar
11 Ambika College of Education Badala Road, Kharar
12 Army Institute of Law, Mohali
13 Aryabhatta College, Cheema Jodhpur
14 Aryans College of Education, Nepra Village
15 Aryans Degree College, Nepra
16 Asian Institution, Patiala
17 Asra College of Education, Rajpura
18 Asra Institute of Advanced Studies, Rajpura
19 Attri College of Education for Girls, Lalru
20 Baba Farid College Deon, Bathinda
21 Baba Farid College of Education Deon, Bathinda
22 Baba Farid College of Management and Technology (BFIMT) Deon, Bathinda
23 Baba Farid Law College, Faridkot
24 Baba Hans Raj Degree College for Girls, Lambwali
25 Baba Moni Ji Degree College, Lehra Mohabbat
26 Baba Moni Ji Maharaj College of Education, Lehra Mohabbat
27 Baba Parmanand Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Jakhepal
28 Baba Shri Chand Ji Government College, Sardargarh
29 Baba Zoravar Singh Fateh Singh Khalsa Girls College, Morinda
30 Bahra College of Law, Patiala
31 Barkat Girls College of Education, Tallewal
32 Bathinda College of Information and Technology, Bathinda (Bhatinda)
33 Bathinda College of Law, Bathinda
34 Bhagwati College of Education for Girls, Bhikhi
35 Bhai Asa Singh Girls College, Goniana
36 Bhai Bhagtu Girls College, Jaitu
37 Bhai Bhagtu Institute for Higher Education, Jaitu
38 Bhai Gurdas College of Law, Sangrur
39 Bibi Bhani Panchayti Girls College Khant Manpur, Fatehgarh Sahib
40 Centre for Advanced Media Studies (CAMS), Patiala
41 Chandigarh Business School, Gharuan Village
42 Chandigarh College of Education CCE Mohali, Landran
43 Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran (Mohali)
44 Chitkara College of Education for Women, Fatehpur Garhi Village
45 College of Management and Technology, Patiala
46 Colonel College of Education Chural Kalan, Sangrur
47 Colonel Degree College for Women, Chural Kalan Village
48 Continental College of Higher Studies, Jalvehra Village
49 Cordia College, Sanghol (Ucha Pind)
50 Cordia Hospitality and Tourism Management Institute, Sanghol
51 Cordia Institute of Business Management, Sanghol (Ucha Pind)
52 Dashmesh Girls College of Education, Talwandi Sabo (Damdama Sahib)
53 Desh Bhagat College Bardwal, Dhuri
54 Desh Bhagat College of Education, Bardwal
55 Desh Bhagat College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh
56 Desh Bhagat Institute of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh
57 Divya Shiksha Gurukul College of Education for Women, Dera Bassi
58 Doaba College of Education, Ghataur Village
59 Dolphin PG College of Life Sciences, Chunni Kalan
60 Fateh College for Education, Rampura Phul
61 Fateh College for Women, Rampura Phul
62 Fateh College of Computer Science and IT, Rampura Phul
63 Fateh College of Management, Rampura Phul
64 Gandhi Memorial College for Women, Kotkapura
65 GD College of IT and Management Gurthari, Bathinda
66 GGDSD College Kheri Gurna, Rajpura
67 Gian Jyoti Girls College, Sangat
68 Global College of Higher Education, Mansa
69 GN Girls College, Patiala
70 GND College of Education, Lehragaga
71 GND College of Education, Majatri Village
72 Government Bikram College of Commerce, Patiala
73 Government Brijindra College, Faridkot
74 Government College, Dera Bassi
75 Government College, Cheema Mandi
76 Government College, Malerkotla
77 Government College, Gurne Khurd
78 Government College Ajitgarh, Mohali
79 Government College for Girls, Patiala
80 Government College of Education, Patiala
81 Government College of Education, Malerkotla
82 Government Kirti College, Nial (Patran)
83 Government Mohindra College, Patiala
84 Government Rajindra College, Bathinda
85 Government Ranbir College, Sangrur
86 Government Ripudaman College, Nabha
87 Government Shivalik College, Naya Nangal
88 Gurmat College, Patiala
89 Guru Gobind Singh College, Talwandi Sabo
90 Guru Gobind Singh College GGS Sanghera, Barnala
91 Guru Gobind Singh College of Education, Talwandi Sabo (Damdama Sahib)
92 Guru Gobind Singh College of Education, Barnala
93 Guru Hargobind Sahib Khalsa Girls Sollege, Karhali
94 Guru Kashi College, Talwandi Sabo (Damdama Sahib)
95 Guru Kashi College of Sikh Studies, Talwandi Sabo (Damdama Sahib)
96 Guru Nanak College of Education, Bhikhi
97 Guru Nanak Dev College of Education, Majatri
98 Guru Nanak Dev Institute of Management and Technology, Sunam (Udham Singh Wala)
99 Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa Girls College, Bathinda (Bhatinda)
100 Guru Nanak PG College, Budhlada
101 Guru Teg Bahadur College for Women, Lehal Khurd Village
102 Guru Teg Bahadur College of Education, Dalelwala
103 Guru Teg Bahadur College of Education, Lehal Khurd Village
104 Guru Tegh Bahadur College, Bhawanigarh
105 Gurukul College, Bathinda (Bhatinda)
106 Gurukul College for Women, Kotkapura
107 Gurukul College for Women, Kiratpur Sahib
108 Hans Raj Memorial College of Education, Bajakhana
109 Hardik College of Education, Bhawanigarh
110 HARF College, Malerkotla
111 Indo Global College of Education, Abhipur Village
112 Institute of Hospitality and Management, Banur
113 International Divine College Of Education, Ratwara Sahib
114 Islamia Girls College, Malerkotla
115 Jasdev Singh Sandhu College of Education, Kauli
116 Jasmer Singh Jaijee Degree College Gurne Kalan, Moonak
117 Jawahar Lal Nehru Government College for Women, Mandi Gobindgarh
118 Kay Jay College of Education, Rasulpur
119 Khalsa College, Amritsar
120 Khalsa College, Patiala
121 Kings Degree College, Barnala
122 KMRD Jain College for Women, Malerkotla
123 KN Bhise Arts and Commerce College, Madha
124 Krishna College of Higher Education Ralli, Budhlada
125 Lal Bahadur Memorial Mahila College, Nabha
126 LBS Arya Mahila College, Barnala
127 Lincoln College of Education, Sirhind
128 Lincoln College of Law, Sirhind
129 Lord Krishna College of Education for Girls, Sundra Village
130 Lord Mahavir College of Education, Hamirgarh Village
131 M and M College of Education, Nagri Village
132 Maghi Memorial College for Women, Amloh
133 Maharaja Aggarsain College of Education, Bathinda
134 Mai Bhago College of Education (Girls), Ralla Village
135 Mai Bhago Degree College for Girls, Ralla Village
136 Malwa College (earlier RCMT), Bathinda (Bhatinda)
137 Malwa College of Education Deon, Bathinda
138 Malwa College of Physical Education, Bathinda (Bhatinda)
139 Malwa College of Trainings And Education, Malakpur Khiala
140 Malwa Degree College, Kotkapura
141 Malwa Institute of Higher Studies, Sardulewala
142 Mastermind College of Education, Gehri Butter Village
143 Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib
144 Mata Gurdev Kaur Memorial Educational Institute (Girls), Bareta
145 Mata Maisar Khana College of Education for girls, Bathinda
146 Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Gehal
147 Mata Sahib Kaur Girls College, Talwandi Sabo (Damdama Sahib)
148 Mata Sahib Kaur Khalsa Girls College of Education, Dhamo Majra Village
149 Mata Sita Ji Degree College, Bathinda
150 MBSBNB College, Tibba Nangal
151 Meera College of Education Mansa, Sardulgarh
152 Mehar Chand College of Education Bhanopli, Ropar
153 MG DAV College, Bathinda (Bhatinda)
154 Milkha Singh Educational Institute, Bareta
155 Miri Piri Khalsa College, Bhadaur Village
156 Modern College of Education, Ranwan
157 Modern College of Education, Malerkotla
158 Modern College of Education, Bir Kalan Village
159 Modern College of Education (Co-Educational), Mansa
160 Modern College of Education (for Girls), Bhikhi
161 Modern College of Education (for Girls), Shergarh Cheema
162 Modern College, Khurd, Malerkotla
163 Multani Mal Modi College, Patiala
164 Nancy College of Education, Samana
165 National College, Bhikhi
166 National College of Physical Education, Chupki Village
167 Navjivini Institute of Special Education and Research (NISER), Patiala
168 Nawab Sher Mohammed Khan Institute of Advanced Studies Punjabi University Regional Centre, Malerkotla
169 Nehru Memorial Government College, Mansa
170 Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala
171 Pandit Chetan Dev Government College of Education, Faridkot
172 Patel Institute of Management and Technology, Rajpura
173 Patel Memorial National College, Rajpura
174 Patiala College of education, Hardaspur Village
175 Pine Grove College of Education, Bassi Pathanan
176 Pine Grove Girls College, Bassi Pathanan
177 Prof Gursewak Singh Punjab Government College of Physical Education, Patiala
178 Public College, Samana
179 Public College of Education, Samana
180 Punjab College of Commerce and Agriculture, Chunni Kalan
181 Punjab College of Education, Fatehgarh Sahib
182 Punjab College of Education, Bahadurgarh
183 Punjab College of Information Technology, Kauli
184 Punjab College of Law Raipur, Patiala
185 Punjab Institute of Oriental and Indian Languages, Patiala
186 Punjabi University - College of Education, Bathinda (Bhatinda)
187 Punjabi University - Punjab School of Law, Patiala
188 Punjabi University - Punjab School of Management Studies, Patiala
189 Punjabi University - University College of Engineering UCOE, Patiala
190 Punjabi University Guru Kashi Campus, Talwandi Sabo (Damdama Sahib)
191 Punjabi University Guru Kashi Regional Centre, Bathinda
192 Punjabi University Neighbourhood Campus, Rampura Phul
193 Punjabi University Neighbourhood Campus, Ralla Village
194 Punjabi University Neighbourhood Campus, Sardulgarh
195 Punjabi University Neighbourhood Campus, Jhunir
196 Punjabi University Neighbourhood Campus, Karandi Village
197 Punjabi University Neighbourhood Campus, Dehla Seehan Village
198 Punjabi University Regional Centre for IT and Management, Mohali (SAS Nagar)
199 Rattan College of Education, Mohali (SAS Nagar)
200 Rattan Professional Education Society, College of Nursing, Mohali (SAS Nagar)
201 Rayat and Bahra College of Education, Sahauran Village
202 Rayat and Bahra College of Law, Sahauran Village
203 RIMT Academic College, Mandi Gobindgarh
204 RIMT College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh
205 Ropar Institute of Management And Technology, Roopnagar (Ropar)
206 RPC Degree College, Behman Diwana Village
207 S Amarjit Singh Memorial Institute of Law, Dhainthal Village
208 S Mohinder Singh Sayanawala Memorial College of Education, Ferozepur
209 Sachdeva College of Education, Gharuan Village
210 Sachdeva Girls College, Gharuan
211 Sacred Heart International College of Education (SHICE), Barnala
212 Saffron College for Girls, Fatehgarh Sahib
213 Saint Kabir College of Education, Kauli
214 Sant Baba Attar Singh Khalsa College, Sandour
215 Sant Baba Sewa Singh Memorial Khalsa Girls College, Guru Ka Khuh (Ropar)
216 Sant Mahesh Muni Ji Girls College, Bhagta Bhai Ka
217 Sant Namdev Kanya Mahavidyala, Pathana
218 Saraswati College of Management and Computer Science, Gharuan Village
219 Sardar Balraj Singh Bhundar Memorial University College, Sardulgarh
220 Sardar Rajinder Singh Memorial Mukat College of Education for Women, Rajpura
221 SBRS College for Women, Ghuduwala Sadiq Village
222 SBS Govt College, Kotkapura
223 SD College, Barnala
224 SD College of Education, Barnala
225 SD Kanya Mahavidyala, Mansa
226 SGTB College for Women, Harigarh
227 Shaheed Bhagat Singh Khalsa College for Women, Padiala Village
228 Shaheed Kanshi Ram College of Physical Education Bhagoo Majra, Kharar
229 Shaheed Kanshi Ram Memorial College Bhagoo Majra, Kharar
230 Shaheed Udham Singh College of Education, Mehlan Chowk
231 Shaheed Udham Singh College of Management and Computer Science, Mehlan Chowk
232 Shaheed Udham Singh College of Research and Technology, Tangori (Mohali)
233 Shanti Tara College Akbarpur, Ahmedgarh
234 Shiva College of Education, Dirba
235 Shivalik Girls College, Bhucho Mandi
236 Shivalik Hills College of Education Patti, Nangal
237 Shivalik Institute of Education and Research, Mohali (SAS Nagar)
238 Shivam College of Education, Khokhar Kalan
239 Shri Guru Harkrishan Girls College, Phallewal Khurd
240 Shri Guru Teg Bahadur College of Education, Malerkotla
241 Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, Anandpur Sahib
242 Shriman Yogesh Sopal College, Barshi
243 Smt Jawala Devi College of Education, Sanghol (Ucha Pind)
244 Sri Guru Hargobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Hansali Khera
245 Sri Guru Harkrishan College of Management and Technology, Patiala
246 SS College of Education For Girls, Bhikhi
247 SS Jain College of Education (For Girls), Mansa
248 SSD College, Barnala
249 SSD College of Professional Studies, Bathinda
250 SSD Girls College, Bathinda
251 SSD Girls College of Education, Bathinda
252 SSD Womens Institute of Technology, Bathinda
253 St Kabir College of Management, Arts and Computer Science (for Girls only), Bhuchoo Khurd
254 Sukh Sagar College Gursar Mehraj, Bathinda
255 Surya World Institution of Business Management, Patiala
256 SUS Govt College, Sunam
257 SUS Govt College (Panjab University constituent college), Mohan Ke Hithar
258 Swami Dayanand College of Education, Lehra Bega (Bhucho Mandi)
259 Swami Vivekanand College of Education, Banur
260 Swami Vivekanand College of Education SVCE, Moonak
261 Swami Vivekanand Faculty of IT and Business Management, Banur
262 Tapachariya Hem Kumar RLD Jain Girls College, Bathinda (Bhatinda)
263 Tara Vivek College, Gajjan Majra
264 The Corporate Gurus (TCG) of Business School, Banur
265 TPD Malwa College, Rampura Phul
266 UMANG-Red Cross Institute of Special Education, Faridkot
267 Universal College of Arts Commerce and Science, Lalru
268 University College, Moonak
269 University College, Dhilwan
270 University College, Chunni Kalan
271 University College, Jaitu
272 University College, Ghudda
273 Victoria College for Girls, Ahmedgarh
274 Vidya Sagar College, Ahlupur
275 Vidya Sagar College for Girls, Dhuri
276 Vidya Sagar College of Education, Dhuri
277 Vidya Sagar College of Management and Technology, Fatehpur
278 Vidya Sagar Girls College, Dhuri
279 WC Institute of Management, Dera Bassi
280 Yadavindra College of Engineering YCOE, Talwandi Sabo



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