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ANGANWARI STIR OVER? TEACHERS REJECT PACT
Now, Pb Govt says no Anganwadi Centre will be closed, but teachers will teach kids in these Centres
26.11.17 - PT Bureau
Now, Pb Govt says no Anganwadi Centre will be closed, but teachers will teach kids in these Centres



Teachers reject proposal, say they will teach only in schools
 
Chandigarh, November 26: Minutes after the Punjab government announced on Sunday that Anganwari workers have called off their stir and "no Anganwadi Centre in the state would be closed” while introducing pre-primary classes in government primary schools while teachers would teach little kids in the Anganwari Centres wherever these are not integrated with the schools, a premier teachers’ body, Sikhiya Bachao Manch, said teachers will not do any such thing.
  
"Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s personal intervention and government’s assurance that no Anganwadi Centre would be shut down” resulted in Anganwari workers calling off the stir, an official statement claimed.
 
 
However, teachers did not waste any time in rejecting the pact that the government reached with Anganwari workers.
 
"No teacher will go to the Anganwari Centres to teach pre-primary classes. Teachers will only teach those kids who are enrolled in the school and if they are in the school,” Sikhiya Bachao Manch said in a press statement.

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"No teacher will go to the Anganwari Centres to teach children of pre-primary classes. Teachers will only teach those kids who are enrolled in the school and only if they are in the school,” Sikhiya Bachao Manch said minutes after Education Minister and Punjab Congress chief clinched issue in a meeting with Anganwari workers.
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The government’s assurance had followed a meeting of Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary with Anganwadi workers. Punjab Congress president and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar also met the Anganwari workers in Deena Nagar. Earlier, the Anganwadi workers met the minister alone and had expressed apprehensions that the Centres would be shut down and their services terminated once pre-primary classes are integrated with primary schools.

"Punjab School Sikhiya Bachao Manch does not oppose any Anganwari Centres but we oppose the approach of the officialdom. The government was well aware that Anganwari Centres do not necessarily function in tandem with the schools, or from the premises of schools. The contradiction should have been resolved earlier,” the teachers’ body said.

"If Education Providers, EGS or STRAI teachers are asked to go and teach pre-primary kids in Anganwari Centres, then they will point blank refuse to follow any such orders. As it is, the government is exploiting these teachers by hiring them on contract and is now trying to load them with new responsibilities. If the ministry expects them to teach pre-primary kids, they it better first regularise these teachers and give them full grade,” the organisation said.
 
 Also Read: THE LOOT THAT RAJASTHAN COMMITTED – An insult bigger than Bollywood’s Padmawati!

The statement was issued by leaders of the Manch, including Jaswinder Singh Sidhu, Harjinderpal Singh Pannu, Pargatjeet Singh, Jagseer Singh Gharu, Amarjeet Singh Kamboj Nishant Kumar, Baldev Singh Buttar, Makhan Singh Tolewal, Ishar Singh Manjhpur and Baj Singh Khaira.
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Govt said Anganwari centres will be shifted to schools. Wherever this is not possible, new accommodation for Anganwadi Centres will be built in the schools. The government did not say how much funds will be required and where will the money come from.
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A government spokesperson clarified that ideally, all Anganwadi Centres should operate from the primary schools and children enrolled in these Centres should also be enrolled for pre-primary classes. 
"In line with this, the Departments of School Education and Social Security should endeavour to gradually shift all Anganwadi Centres to primary schools to enable the Anganwadi workers to continue with child care and nutrition support activities and allow the teachers to impart education,” the official statement said.

After decades of running Anganwari Centres and the education department under different ministries, the government seemed to have woken up to a new reality. 
 

"Unfortunately, in the current framework, the Anganwadi workers and teachers were unable to focus on their core functions, thus affecting the quality and standards of both. The move to introduce pre-primary classes in Primary Schools was aimed at ensuring that these functions could be facilitated in the manner they should be,” said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson further said that in cases where it is difficult to shift the Anganwadi Centres to the concerned schools, efforts should be made to build accommodation for Anganwadi Centres in the schools gradually, and till such time it is achieved, the teachers should visit the Anganwadi Centres to impart pre-primary education. There was no clarification as to how much resources will be required to construct  thousands of new buildings and where will this money come from. As it is, the state is even finding it difficult to grant relief to families of farmers who have committed suicide.
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Punjab government is unable to give money for even mid-day meals and in hundreds of schools, children are going hungry. Notwithstanding this, government announced brave new idea of constructing accommodation in thousands of schools for Anganwari Centres.
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Thousands of school going children of farmers are failing to get even their Constitutionally-protected and guaranteed mid-day meal in school as money is not being released for months, but the government did not blink an eye while announcing a plan to virtually unleash a building-construction activity across the entire state for which not even a single rupee was allocated in the last budget.

"The government has decided that the pre-primary education, to begin with, should be restricted to one hour a day and it should be through play-way methods, the curriculum for pre-primary classes may be designed jointly by the Departments of Education and Social Security,” the spokesperson said. No details were provided about modalities and discussions among child psychologists, pedagogy experts and teachers who decided exactly for how many hours such children should be taught to ensure wholesome development.
 

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FROM DYAL SINGH COLLEGE TO VANDE MATARAM MAHAVIDYALAYA
Sikh bodies seething with rage, DSGMC sets 72 hour deadline, Gov Body head says 'respect your mother'
20.11.17 - PT Delhi Bureau
Sikh bodies seething with rage, DSGMC sets 72 hour deadline, Gov Body head says 'respect your mother'



A SHARP CONFRONTATION is building up between Sikh organisations and those behind the change of name of Delhi's Dyal Singh College to Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya, with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee setting a 72-hour deadline for reversing the decision and the SGPC strongly criticising the move to saffronise the institution.

Tempers ran high as two groups of students, one opposing the change of name and the other supporting it, sat on a protest on November 20, Monday, in the premises of the college.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa castigated the management of the college for the decision to change its name, saying it amounted to a negation of the legacy of the philanthropist, Dyal Singh Majithia, and the community will not tolerate it. 

Sirsa warned of "unpleasant protests” if the decision to change the name was not scrapped. Sources said Sirsa was in touch with the college's management to convince them to step back from any hardline position on change of name. 

Sirsa told Punjab Today that he will be meeting the Chancellor of the Delhi University and will also approach HRD Smriti Irani in this regard.
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"Whether it’s your own mother or Bharat mata, mother is mother. Those who have a problem with paying obeisance to mother, there is a question mark on whether they are human beings or not.”   Dyal Singh College Governing Body president Amitabh Sinha 
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Harnam Singh, head of the Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal which was once headed by militant Sikh leader Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, has also taken strong exception to the move to change the name of Dyal Singh College and called it an example of communal approach.

Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit said the government should have constructed a new college instead of renaming an old college. Again, it was a stance that hardly questioned the move towards saffronisation in christening colleges and other institutions. 
 

The National Students Union of India, affiliated to the Congress, had the weakest of the voices, and showed a moral bankruptcy that will shame even a Rahul Gandhi. In a statement ostensibly meant to oppose the new name, it said the NSUI would welcome the trend of renaming colleges if students will be provided better infrastructure and facilities.

For the record, the NSUI also said the move amounted to disgracing "the legacy of Punjab's first freedom fighter Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia.”

The principal of the college, Pawan Sharma, said there should be no controversy about the new name and made it clear that there will not be any reconsideration of the move. "It's final,” he was quoted as saying.

One of the sterling statements clear in its approach and ideology came from Kawalpreet Kaur, president of the All India Students’ Association’s (AISA's) Delhi University unit.
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"The fact is that in 1978, when the Delhi University took over the college, we got an option to change the name, but we said we are grateful to Dyal Singh and we will not change the name. I think morally it is not right for the evening college to change its name, though technically it may have the right to do so.”
 Dr PK Parihar, teacher, Dyal Singh College, to Punjab Today.
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"The very term ‘Vande Mataram’ has several connotations. In a sense, this sends out a message that you cannot question anything. Universities are a space where students question various things. The primary concerns of the authorities should be to improve the college infrastructure,” Kawalpreet Kaur said.

The chairman of the governing body of the college, Amitabh Sinha, who is also a BJP leader, said, "Whether it’s your own mother or Bharat mata, mother is mother. Those who have a problem with paying obeisance to mother, there is a question mark on whether they are human beings or not.” 

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidiyarthi Parishad (ABVP), affiliated to the BJP, said no one should have a problem with the new name as Vande Mataram was neither the name of a person nor of a political group. "It is the national song of the country. Who can hate the name?” Bharat Katana, ABVP Delhi state secretary, said.

The evening Dyal Singh College, now renamed as Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya, has about 2,500 students while the morning Dyal Singh College has about 6,000 students. Now, both colleges will run as morning colleges from the 11 acres of land. Friction between morning and evening college teachers over space, facilities, canteen and playground have been a routine issue. 

Speaking to Punjab Today, Dr Parminder Kumar Parihar, who teaches Geography in the morning college, said the real issue was bifurcation and teachers and students of the morning college were already space crunched. 

"Often, we cram 70-80 students in classrooms meant for 40 students. In the morning college, we have 7 square metres of land per student, compared to 25-35 sq.m. in Hindu College or Hansraj College or many other colleges. We have no playground. There are problems of parking. There are no hostels. Amid all this, the governing body is now trying to run a new college, by re-naming the evening college, from the same space and as a morning college. How can two colleges be run properly from a premises which is insufficient for even one college?” Dr Parihar told Punjab Today.

The morning college already has 6,000 students, and with the Delhi Metro taking away a chunk of land from the 11 acres that the college had, space crunch has become too acute. "What we need is a minimum of 35 to 40 acres more land. We need a new amphitheatre. Our auditorium is too small and can only seat about 200 people. Instead of addressing these issues, they are trying to change the name of the evening college and run it from the same piece of land as a morning college,” Parihar added.

He said the change of name was a bad move since Dyal Singh gave his entire property and "we should honour his legacy.”

"The fact is that in 1978, when the Delhi University took over the college, we got an option to change the name, but we said we are grateful to Dyal Singh and we will not change the name. I think morally it is not right for the evening college to change its name, though technically it may have the right to do so,” Parihar stressed.
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"The very term ‘Vande Mataram’ has several connotations. In a sense, this sends out a message that you cannot question anything. Universities are a space where students question various things. The primary concerns of the authorities should be to improve the college infrastructure.”
 Kawalpreet Kaur, AISA
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Sources said there was little opposition to the move to change the name during the November 17 meeting of the governing body though some feeble voices were heard questioning the need to change the name. Since September, both colleges (morning and evening) had been effectively running together in the morning.

SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar said the change of name was ill-advised. His de facto boss, Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Akali Dal president, has so far not said much on the issue.

The DSGMC has passed a formal resolution condemning the governing body and threatening an agitation.

Former chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Tarlochan Singh, who was accompanying Manjinder Singh Sirsa as they interacted with the media, said the governing body was trying to usurp the college property by renaming it. 
 
The Tribune employees condemn renaming
 
In a strongly-worded statement, The Tribune Employees Union condemned teh renaming of Dyal Singh College and said the move will "destroy the insignia of heritage and (progressive) thought from the country."

The Union demanded that the governing body of the college must immediately withdraw the move to rename the Dyal Singh College.
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"As the MLA and General Secretary of the DSGMC, I would like to request you to register an FIR against Amitabh Sinha, Chairman; Dr Pawan Kumar Sharma, Principal of Dyal Singh Evening College; Governing Body of Dyal Singh College and other members who signed the Resolution to change the name of the College, under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant/agent), 426 (mischief), 423 (dishonest or fraudulent execution of deed), 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 465 (forgery), 468 (cheating), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the Indian Penal Code."   Manjinder Singh Sirsa's complaint to police
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Tarlochan Singh, former chairman, National Minorities Commission

Can anyone dare change the name of a donor? Can you change the name of Tata Institute of Social Sciences? Can you take off the name of Birla from ventures set up in his name? Instead of honouring Dyal Singh Majithia, they are committing a breach of trust. It is clearly written in the byelaws that the name of the college shall remain Dyal Singh College.

Prof Manjit Singh, academic & politician

Those who remained absent from the freedom struggle have today become thekedars by shouting Vande Mataram. They are resorting to such irritants to deflect from real issues and are deliberately stoking controversies like the one over Taj Mahal, Padmawati, school text books and sundry other tactics to fulfil their nefarious agenda.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa

Resolution dated May 6, 1976 clearly states "whereas the University of Delhi has agreed to run Dyal Singh College.” They can only run Dyal Singh College, not Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya. The Resolution also states: "It as further been decided by the University that the College after its takeover by the University will continue to be known as Dyal Singh College.” Can anyone justify the change of name after this? It is a clear breach of trust and an FIR must be lodged. 

 

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SANGH PARIVAR Vs SINGH PARIVAR?
From Dyal Singh College to Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya – You have a problem?
19.11.17 - S Pal
From Dyal Singh College to Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya – You have a problem?



"Don’t we all have mothers?" Maa ko beech mein na laate toh achha tha!

If a college wants to change its name, and its governing body passes a unanimous resolution to this effect, then what is the problem with it?

Well, may be a thousand.

Those calling the shots at Delhi's Dyal Singh College clearly wanted to trigger a crisis by changing its name to Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya. No one had demanded a change of name, no one had proposed a name, there was no public debate on the issue and there was never felt a need for a change of name.

All of a sudden, people were presented with a fait accompli. 
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If you name your college as Vande Matram, you are a nationalist. If you refuse to sing this song, you are an anti-national. If you want that the name of the college should be changed back to Dyal Singh College, you are the latest item on the list of anti-nationals.
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The college named after a man who bequeathed his hard earned wealth for public institutions, and who was known for a completely secular outlook, was given a highly provocative name.

Everyone and his uncle knows that Vande Matram has become a divisive song, less due to any issue of content but more because those of a particular political persuasion have made it a test of nationalism.

If you name your college as Vande Matram, you are a nationalist.

If you refuse to sing this song, you are an anti-national.

And now, if you want that the name of the college should be changed back to Dyal Singh College, you are the latest item on the list of anti-nationals.

If the move is backed by saffron parivar masters, they have opened the floodgates for thousands of students, teachers, Delhi's people, Punjabis at large and those with a secular outlook to now bear that badge of honour.

An educational institution's prime function is to inculcate in its students a questioning outlook. A college equips its students with a healthy dose of cynicism so that they question the most established truths and explore the most complex notions and debates.
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For too long, Punjabis had stayed away from the national-antinational debates. The ghar vaapsi and love jihad did not find much traction in Punjab. Now the Dyal Singh College nomenclature coup has recruited the entire Sikh community and the larger Punjabi society, from Tanda Urmurr to Toronto.
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At a time when India is going through the throes of identity politics, those running this college have snatched away from their students the biggest opportunity to be part of the robust debate about nationalism. Opting for the Vande Mataram name, this is the authorities' way of saying – Do not question. You cannot question the decision of making Vande Mataram a mandatory song. Ergo, you cannot question the decision to name a college after this song.
 

If the authorities at Dyal Singh College wanted to change the name of a decades-old institution, they should have proposed this name, asked for feedback, convinced the key stakeholder student community, taken along other sections of society and gone ahead with the change.

Instead, it seemed like a nomenclature coup carried out with stealth. By the time the whiff of the news got out, it was already done. The Dyal Singh College missed its date with the 'To be or not to be' moment. 

Rest assured, those behind this move have succeeded in earning the legacy of an illegitimate name from day one. 

The opposition will not come just from the NSUI, or its parent Congress party. Neither will it come from those flying the red flags. It will come from students. It will come from the Sikh community. It will come from Punjabis everywhere in the world. It will come from the broadspectrum of secular voices.

For too long, a huge section of Punjabis had stayed away from some of the most noisy recent debates. On few campuses in Punjab did students got together to protest the disappearance of a Najeeb in JNU. The debates about ghar vaapsi and love jihad did not find much traction in this part of the country, largely because even the BJP here did not push the core agenda of the saffron parivar – at least not overtly.
Dyal Singh College, Lahore remained Dyal Singh College. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore retains its name till date. But Delhi’s Dyal Singh College has a new name.
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However, this newest college of Delhi, named after a nationalist song, is now set to recruit a whole new crowd into this debate. Of the many things India's educated youth has learnt to live with, fait accompli is not one of them.

The chairman of the college's governing body, Amitabh Sinha, who is also a BJP leader, has brought the mother of all arguments to the table. Asked about the controversy over the new name he favoured, he said, "Why is ‘Vande Mataram’ being seen in a religious context? Don’t we all have mothers? It is just a method of paying tribute to our mothers.”

Well, an argument like this is the father of many reactions. Since the college management has dragged everyone's mother into the row, it will be interesting to see the next move in this battle.  Maa ko beech mein na laate, to achha tha. 
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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THE LOOT THAT RAJASTHAN COMMITTED – An insult bigger than Bollywood’s Padmawati!  

 

ARNAB GOSWAMI WATCHES PADMAWATI, KARNI SENA IS HAPPIEST


DESH CHORR DO – VANDE MATARAM MAN TELLS SIKH LEADER TO LEAVE COUNTRY

 

DYAL SINGH COLLEGE TO VANDE MATARAM MAHAVIDYALAYA - A DESIGN NEFARIOUS?

 

HONESTY CERTIFICATE TO MAJITHIA TRIGGERS CRISIS IN TRIBUNE 


THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

 

WAS IT MEANT FOR TRUMP? OR US?  – Bush, Obama said this on Diwali

CHALO, PATAAKE CHALAYEN – CM Amarinder Singh & Parkash Singh Badal Jee

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

ELECTION COMMISSION - YOU FAILED TO CONVINCE. TRY AGAIN.

THIS IS WHY ELECTION COMMISSION DID NOT ANNOUNCE GUJARAT POLL DATES – Decoding the mystery 

BJP TO EDUCATE FARMERS ABOUT AGRI & RELIGION LINK – Will tell them Modi did so much 

AYE BHAI, BINA DEKHE CHALO –  Walking with the blind in Chandigarh

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

OPEN SALE AT GNDU – Have Rs 25,000? Get your compartment cleared. Rs 50,000 for two subjects

SUCHA SINGH LANGAH : KAMAAL JAARI HAI... Sucha Singh Langah wins, even in his darkest moments

ABEY TU BAHAR NIKAL, CHOWK MEIN AA   The 10-yard-radius protest

PATIALA, VIA PANCHKULA. SOON REACHING YOUR CITY. HAIL DEMOCRACY! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

PEHLU KHAN CASE   Will Govt Now Compensate The Magnificent Six? The Nation Needs to Know

MR HOME MINISTER, WILL YOU BE VISITING FAROOQ AHMAD DAR'S HOUSE? Deconstructing Modi's narrative

THE RYAN DEBATE: HOW INDIA MISSED THE GREAT CCTV ANGLE?  Not covered by cctv, so not covered by tv either

POLITICAL ECONOMY OF EXTENSION IN AGE OF RETIREMENT  What’s wrong with retirement age policy?

THE GORAKHPUR DEAD SPEAK TO PUNJAB  From Patiala to Gorakhpur, the tale of the dead

WE WILL KILL 40-50  Haryana BJP, Govt calculated death toll before firing first bullet

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS  Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

LET'S KILL PAASH  Dr Sumail Singh Sidhu on the importance of Paash

A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD: Farmers not only produce food. They produce peace.

TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions

DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHUThis is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken

SURGICAL STRIKE YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT: Indian jawans killed everyone at this forward post of Pakistan

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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INDICTED OF CHARGES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sangrur meritorious school principal sacked
19.11.17 - TEAM PT
Sangrur meritorious school principal sacked



Chandigarh: The Principal of the Government Meritorious School, Ghabdan, District Sangrur, has been removed from the post after being indicted of charges of sexual harassment in a report submitted to the Chief Minister’s Office.

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had directed Deputy Commissioner Sangrur to investigate the charges against Wing Commander C. Deepak Dogra (Retd). In his report, the DC found evidence to support the molestation allegations leveled against the Principal by two Class XII girls.

Following the submission of the report, and acting on the Chief Minister’s directive, the Society for Promotion of Quality Education for Poor and Meritorious Students of Punjab has divested Dogra of the charge of Principal with immediate effect.

He has been asked to hand over charge to the Vice Principal, Deepika Rani, and report to the office of Project Director, Society for Promotion of Quality Education for Poor and Meritorious Students.

The erring Principal has been booked under Section 354-A (sexual harassment) of the IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).




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BAG FIRST POSITION IN NORTH REGION AND SECOND AT NATIONAL LEVEL
CGC students shine at national level
16.11.17 - TEAM PT
CGC students shine at national level



Three engineering students from Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) Landran have stood 1st in the northern region and 2nd at national level, in the seventh season of national level competition 'Techno Champ 2017' organised at Pune. The competition saw the participation of 1,800 teams comprising 3,000-plus students from universities and colleges across the country. 
 
CGC’s Team ECDYSIS comprising fourth year students Shubham Gupta, Babu Kumar Bhardwaj and Rajinder Singh from Electronics and Communication Engineering branch garnered laurels for creating a high precision, low-cost, Local Positioning System (LPS) which when installed in any heavy duty vehicle especially that used by agriculturalists, will allow the driver to navigate and control the vehicle movement without physically being present in the machine. It would enable the operator to see, control and communicate with the vehicle from distance using a two-way telemetric system. LPS will also allow the operator to remotely manage on-field functions including calculating the time of the job in advance and mark obstacles on the map and autonomously plan for an alternative path.

Techno Champ 2017, organised by John Deere, required participants to create low-cost precision farming solutions to improve Indian farmers’ lives, earning and farm productivity through cutting edge technology on local positioning system and advanced path planning algorithms. The team had to clear three stages of participation. The first stage required the participants to submit a detailed abstract of their ideas including its implementation details. Once their abstract was shortlisted, the second stage required them to prepare a working prototype of their proposed model followed by the final round which required competing teams to test run their prototypes on- field followed by a presentation of their entire business plan w.r.t their creation in front of a panel of eminent judges.
 
Team ECDYSIS was felicitated with a cash prize of Rs 75,000 along with certificates and pre placement offers for jobs at John Deere following an interview. Shubham Gupta, leader of Team ECDYSIS and one of the placed students with John Deere said, ”We dedicate this win to our institution; The support that our team received from our faculty and the college management played a major role in helping us achieve this milestone.”

Commending the students for their achievement, Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chairman, CGC Landran and Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, President, CGC Landran said,” This is a proud moment for all of us at CGC. We are committed to providing our students with the best learning experience focused on enhancing their theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills. Backed by a highly experienced faculty and best-in- class research infrastructure, we look forward to continue working at honing our students’ skills, making them professionals par excellence.”




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