Exam Dept staff first to claim old degrees at PU mela
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, January 18
Ironic it may sound, but only three of Panjab University examination branch employees who passed out in various streams from the campus in 2001 were the first ones to claim their old degrees at the two-day degree mela that began today at the varsity campus.
Interestingly, Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover, who gave away the degrees, found it strange that the employees who were working in the same department, were yet to collect their degrees. He inquired into the reason for the delay on the part of the employees. In response, the employees said since they had got the job on the campus itself, they did not find it necessary to collect their degrees.
Sashi, who has passed out in 1994 and is teaching in one of the city schools, turned up today to collect her degree as she thought it would be of advantage while applying for better prospects. She was accompanied by her daughter, Rashika, who is doing her Masters in Commerce from the university and came to know about the mela being held on the campus.
Students who had passed out recently also visited the mela in confusion believing they would get their degrees right away. Aruti, who did her MCom in 2015, turned up with her mother as she was not aware that the mela was meant only for collecting old degrees.
Notice to govt primary school DEO says complaint from a third party led to notice; no political activity was involved Posted at: Jan 18, 2017, 1:43 AM Last updated: Jan 18, 2017, 1:43 AM (IST) Students of Government Primary School Nathewal celebrated ‘Dhiyan di Lohri’ in Jalandhar last week. A Tribune Photograph Students of Government Primary School Nathewal celebrated ‘Dhiyan di Lohri’ in Jalandhar last week. A Tribune Photograph Aparna Banerji
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, January 17
While notices to parties for code violations are common, the Election Commission (EC) here has issued a notice to a local school for celebrating “Dhiyan di Lohri”.
Acting on a complaint, the EC shot off a letter to the DEO (E) office in Jalandhar regarding Lohri celebration at Government Primary School, Nathhewal.
Similarly, the Lohri function at Government Primary School for Girls in Rurka Kalan also came under the EC scanner. Notably, earlier this year, Government Primary School (GPS), Natthewal, had also bagged state award for its impressive arrangements for primary students.
A formal inquiry was also marked in the matter in which the CEO Jalandhar sought the school staff and the BPEO to answer for the celebrations during the code of conduct.
While the GPS Natthewal in Goraya 2 block celebrated “Dhiyan di Lohri” on January 12, the notice was issued on January 13, after which the DEO also submitted a written explanation on the matter to the Returning officer, Jalandhar Cantt.
Ajmer Singh, head teacher, Government Primary School, Natthewal, which has 65 students, said, “It was just a Lohri for girls like previous years. We religiously celebrate the festival to encourage girl students. The village sarpanch and both BPEOs of Phillaur and Goraya were present on the occasion. It was a totally non-political function and no political speeches were made on the occasion. But someone chose to make a complaint against us. A reply was sent to the DEO and I also visited the CEO’s office when inquiry was sought in the matter.”
DEO (E) Rampal said, “The function was a Lohri celebration in which there was no political involvement. Someone made a complaint to the EC, but the complainant seems to be totally in the dark on poll regulations. This was just an event to encourage students. We have, however, apprised the authorities about it and the matter is at rest now.”
DC-cum-Distt Election Officer Jalandhar KK Yadav said, “Unless a political person has been called to a rally or the gathering is political in nature, action can’t be initiated against social establishments or schools.”
Notably, while a letter asking schools not to celebrate any function had also been issued to schools after the code of conduct came into force, the school head said he had not received the said letter until a couple of days ago, but till then the Lohri function had happpened. Schools had also been asked to remove any signage publicising any political party from their premises.
Appointment of revenue, canal patwaris under judicial scanner Posted at: Jan 19, 2017, 1:29 AM Last updated: Jan 19, 2017, 1:29 AM (IST) Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, January 18
The appointments of revenue and canal patwaris in the state has come judicial scanner. Taking cognisance of a petition alleging non-shifting of Backward Class candidates to open category despite scoring more than the general category candidates in the written examination, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has not only issued a notice of motion, but also directed the state to keep a seat vacant for the petitioner in the Backward Class category.
The directions by Justice Jaishree Thakur came on a petition filed against the State of Punjab and its Director, Land Records, by Kuljeet Kaur through counsel Saurabh Arora. Appearing before Justice Thakur’s Bench, Arora contended that candidates belonging to the Backward Class category, with more marks than the ones in the general category, were required to be adjusted there under.
Directions were also sought for quashing the criteria of the appointment adopted by the respondent department whereby the candidates applying for the posts under the reserved category, but obtaining higher marks than the candidates under the general category, were still offered appointments under the reserved category.
Going into the background of the controversy, Arora said the respondent department issued an advertisement dated September 10, 2016, for filling 1,227 posts of revenue patwari and 857 posts of canal patwari. In response, 66,059 applicants applied for the posts.
As the criteria adopted by the respondent department for making the appointments under the general category was wrong, the petitioner submitted a representation through the registered post in December last. But neither action was taken, nor order passed, on the representation. At least, it was not conveyed to the petitioner.
Arora added that the questions of law arising for adjudication by the High Court included whether the respondents’ action was illegal and arbitrary, violative of Article 16 of the Constitution of India and against the principles of natural justice and settled law?
It was also required to be seen whether the candidates applying under the reserved category but obtaining more marks than the candidates under the general category were liable to be appointed under the open category.
Adviser assures release of pending salary to SSA teachers within 2 weeks Posted at: Jan 11, 2017, 1:47 AM Last updated: Jan 11, 2017, 1:47 AM (IST) Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, January 10
A delegation of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) met the UT Adviser, and the Director, School Education, to submit a memorandum containing the pending demands of teachers on different issues.
The JAC held an emergency meeting of teachers in Sector 20, Chandigarh, to discuss the outcome of their meeting with the Adviser. The meeting was attended by around 200 teachers. The issue discussed at the meeting was the release of salaries of SSA teachers. The Adviser assured that the salary will be released within two weeks.
The issue of regularisation of services and equal pay, equal work plus allowances was also discussed with the Adviser. He assured to get it done on a priority basis.
The Adviser also agreed to release the DA with effect from July 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 at the earliest.
The issues related to volunteer teachers, counsellors and part-time teachers were also discussed at the meeting. The issue of promotion of various categories of teachers also came up for discussion.
During the meeting, it was decided that the SSA teachers will start a hunger strike in front of the DSE office in Sector 9 till their pending salaries were released. Otherwise, the JAC will be compelled to decide on strong action against the department by staging a protest scheduled for January 19 at the Masjid Ground.
Jalandhar facebooktwittergplus Studies to get affected with teachers on poll duties Posted at: Jan 10, 2017, 1:40 AM Last updated: Jan 10, 2017, 1:40 AM (IST) ‘Exam preparations to suffer’ While the CBSE exams have been postponed to March 9 in view of elections in five states, the Punjab government has announced its V and VIII standard exams from February 20. The dates for Class X and XII board exams are yet to be announced. A teacher from a rural area said, “Although it’s our job to do duties during elections, and it is important to us, but due to the very nature of the charged-up political scene and the duties, the scenario is bound to affect studies. While the first upcoming duty is on January 15 which is Sunday, the subsequent ones fall on weekdays.” Aparna Banerji
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, January 9
The elections seem to cast a shadow on the upcoming government school examinations in the state. With over 2,700 teachers already having been deputed on poll duties announced today, and more duties to be announced in the coming days, the months right before the exams are set to be busy for school staff.
While the CBSE exams have been postponed to March 9 in view of elections in five states, the Punjab government has announced its V and VIII standard exams from February 20. The dates for Class X and XII board exams are yet to be announced.
However, with majority of teachers in the Education Department apprehending election duties, teachers say unless the exam dates are postponed, it is bound to affect government school students.
“Of all department staff deputed for election duties, the Education Department has a lion’s share in the deputations. While many teachers have already been allocated duties as presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and polling officers in the list released today, many more shall be put on duty in the upcoming lists to be released from tomorrow onwards. The entire atmosphere is no less than a festival with majority of the teachers away. In such a scenario, there will be very few days during which teachers will be able to give time for serious preparations,” a district teacher said.
Another teacher from a rural area said, “At my school, barring two, all teachers have got duties. While the first upcoming duty is on January 15 which is Sunday, the subsequent ones fall on weekdays. Although it’s our job to do duties during elections, and it is important to us, but due to the very nature of the charged-up political scene and the duties, the scenario is bound to affect studies, even though we are away from schools only on duty days.”
‘Exam preparations to suffer’ While the CBSE exams have been postponed to March 9 in view of elections in five states, the Punjab government has announced its V and VIII standard exams from February 20. The dates for Class X and XII board exams are yet to be announced. A teacher from a rural area said, “Although it’s our job to do duties during elections, and it is important to us, but due to the very nature of the charged-up political scene and the duties, the scenario is bound to affect studies. While the first upcoming duty is on January 15 which is Sunday, the subsequent ones fall on weekdays.”
14,000 staff on job for election duties Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 9 With the first deputations of staff from various departments for poll duties today, the first training of the district polling staff shall be held on January 15. With over 14,000 personnel having been allocated poll duties in the district, over 4,000 of these are from the education department.
While a majority of the Education Department staff is contractual, and the CEO having issued guidelines to all departments on no deputation of the contractual staff, officials, however, maintained that no contractual staff had been allocated any duties.
In the lists released today, the staff has been allocated poll duties as presiding officers (PROs) (over 1,800) and the rest as assistant presiding officers (APROs) and polling officers (POs). Notably, over 1,500 persons from the Education Department – allocated duties as BLOs every elections – are also on poll duties in continuation with their duties from previous elections.
ADC (D) Girish Dayalan said, “The duties have been selected through randomisation. With the majority of the staff being taken from the Education Department, the staff has been selected as per randomisation. While as per our requirement, we needed 12,000 staff for poll duties, we have more than the required staff available with us – 19,000. Ten to 15 per cent staff shall also be kept on reserve and their first roll call and training shall be on Sunday January 15. And the subsequent two duties are on January 27 and February 3.”
नई दिल्ली: फरवरी और मार्च में पांच राज्यों में होने वाले विधानसभा चुनावों के चलते केंद्रीय माध्यमिक शिक्षा बोर्ड (सीबीएसई) ने 10वीं और 12वीं की परीक्षाओं की तारीख एक हफ्ते आगे बढ़ाने का फैसला लिया है. अब परिक्षाएं 9 मार्च से शुरू होंगी.