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Amarinder asks Health Minister to Secure future of Gian Sagar, Chintpurni Medical College students
26.04.17 - TEAM PT
Amarinder asks Health Minister to Secure future of Gian Sagar, Chintpurni Medical College students

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the state Health Minister to initiate steps for the issuance of a show-cause notice to the Chintpurni Medical College, where classes are not being conducted regularly for quite some time now, and which has been asked by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to stop admissions for two sessions.

Expressing serious concern over the fate of the students of the crisis-hit Gian Sagar and Chintpurni medical colleges, Captain has also ordered the Department of Medical Education & Research to take all possible steps to secure the future of the students of these colleges.

The instructions were issued during a review meeting here of the Departments of Medical Education & Research and Health & Family Welfare.

Taking note of the ongoing court case regarding the Gian Sagar Medical College, Banur, Captain Amarinder said since the case could take a long time to be resolved, it was necessary to find ways and means of compensating the students for the loss of time incurred in the process. He asked the department to find out ways and means to ensure that students do not lose a year and to work out possible solutions for compensating the loss.

Captain Amarinder asked the Vice Chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) to arrange to hold a special exam of the Gian Sagar students to secure their future. He made it clear that no one would be allowed to jeopardise the careers of these students.
Earlier, the department officials briefed the Chief Minister about the pathetic state of affairs in both these colleges, saying that inspections by the department had indicated violations of several MCI norms. The meeting was informed that BFUHS has already initiated proceedings for the de-affiliation of the Gian Sagar Medical College and the Department of Medical Education & Research for its de-recognition.
In the case of Chintpurni, the Chief Minister stressed the need to facilitate the completion of the studies of the students through special measures to enable them to appear for exams at a suitable time.

The meeting was attended by Health and Family Welfare Minister Braham Mohindra, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, Secretary Medical Education & Research Vikas Partap, Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare Anjali Bhawra, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Tejveer Singh, Vice Chancellor Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Dr. Raj Bahadur and Director Medical Education & Research Dr. Sujata Sharma.

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Modi Govt responsible for privatization of education system: Channi
21.04.17 - TEAM PT
Modi Govt responsible for privatization of education system: Channi

Punjab Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi today visited the Panjab University Campus and met agitating students and University Authorities to solve the current issue of fee hike. Channi said that Modi led Union Government is responsible for degradation of government education due to its wrong policies which are supporting privatization of education system throughout the country.

Channi said that he himself is a student of Panjab University and he is very pained by the severe police action by the Police on the agitating students. He said that the students should have called by the University for table talks and this situation could have been handled in a better way. He said that but due to the adamant behavior of some authorities this matter was not dealt in a proper way. He said that after meeting with the students he met the university authorities and has arranged a meeting of University Authorities with the Punjab Government on Monday to solve the issues related to the Punjab Government.
Channi said that he has appealed to the universities authorities to withdraw all police cases registered against the agitating authorities. He also sat on Dharna and met all student unions and assured them full support in rollback of fee hike. Earlier on Thursday NSUI State President Gurjot Sandhu, NSUI leader Sukhjit Singh along with other university students met Punjab Technical Education Minister and asked him to visit Panjab University to solve the issue with the University authorities.

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There is no Khalsa University anymore at Amritsar; Govt scraps Act
19.04.17 - team pt
There is no Khalsa University anymore at Amritsar; Govt scraps Act

THE PUNJAB government has decided to scrap the controversial Khalsa University Act 2016 to save the historic 125-year-old Khalsa College from losing its heritage status by falling prey to privatisation.
A decision to this effect was taken by the state cabinet at a meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, here on Wednesday. Captain Amarinder had earlier promised to protect the glorious legacy of Khalsa College, Amritsar, which is one of oldest educational institutions in the country with a heritage status.
An official spokesperson said the cabinet termed as appalling the move by the Khalsa College Society to destroy its rich heritage status by converting this prestigious institution into University. The Khalsa University, Amritsar was established vide Khalsa University Act, 2016 by the previous SAD-BJP alliance government despite huge criticism from not only the residents of Amritsar but also from the alumni of the college and intellectuals of the state, the cabinet noted.
The cabinet decided that there was no point in establishing an additional university in Amritsar, which already had several reputed institutions of higher learning. While the Guru Nanak Dev University has won wide acclaim and recognition at the national level, the Sri Guru Ram Dass University of Health Sciences and the Indian Institute of Management, Amritsar, were also amongst the institutions of national repute. 
The cabinet also noted that taking away a chunk of land from Khalsa College to make a University would adversely affect the existence of Khalsa College. Further, the unique identity of its building will also be diminished, the council of ministers pointed out, expressing the firm view that in order to maintain the identity of Khalsa College, all the properties attached to it should be kept intact, thus also preserving its architectural grandeur and marvel.

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DEKHO, DEKHO - Who is fighting for Panjab University students, and how!
18.04.17 - Nischay pal
DEKHO, DEKHO - Who is fighting for Panjab University students, and how!

"Kitna bechara VC hai, yeh bhee socho zara, us ko HRD wale bahut torture karte hain”
** "We are very thankful to the police, because when we came here to this Sector 17 plaza, we told the police that we will only hold a small protest and it will be very peaceful. They said if you are only holding a small meeting, and a short one, it is ok. This should be the spirit. Desh sariyan da hai, aidan hee ral-mil ke sab nu chalna chaheeda hai. So iss layee asee police de vee dhanvaadi han."
-- Prof Manjit Singh's opening remarks at a protest in Sector 17 plaza on April 12, a day after police brutally beat scores of students inside the university campus and they were still in custody, awaiting bail.

** ''Sathiyo, baaki sanoo eh vee dekhna chaheeda hai ke je eh vice chancellor chala gaya, je ehnu HRD waliyan ne badal ditta, ta next VC iss to vee bura aayega. Uh VC nu humiliate karna chahunde ne. Saanoo saare pakh vekhne chaheede ne."
-- Senate and Syndicate member Ravinder Nath Sharma, addressing protesters at Sector 17 on April 12.

** "Uh saadi tin-tin (3-3) maheene di tankhah nahi de rahe, sarkaar saanoo zaleel kardi ae. Uh university de VC nu zaleel karde ne. Saathiyo, sab gallan nu vicharna chaheeda hai."
-- Prof Sukhdev Singh Sirsa, president of Punjabi Sahit Academy & professor on extension at PU, Chandigarh
AS PROTESTS continue to rage across Punjab and elsewhere against the massive and unprecedented fee hike effected at Panjab University, Chandigarh, listen closely to the apologetic voices in the discourse of resistance. 
Quick-fix 'where's-the-bloody-press-release' kind of journalism has ensured that news reports about the protests, within hours of the brutal assault, were published as boilerplate items, with all nuances thoroughly killed -- either due to inept journalists or rank dishonesty.
Prof Manjit Singh is now leading the Solidarity Committee for Panjab University and College Students, ostensibly formed to support the students’ demands. This group's brightest idea is to organise a candlelight march on campus on Monday.
Someone asked a university professor at the protest if he will be at the court with a photocopy of his car's RC to bail out a student, particularly since he has already paid loan instalments on his vehicle and has an NoC, the don said: "Baa'd vich barra bakherra ho jaanda ae. Authe pehle bee barre lok hon ge."

A senior journalist who had come to witness the protest suggested that the demand should be that the university should stand as surety for the bail of the 50 plus arrested students. The VC should land at the police station and at the court with registration records and land deeds of university properties since he claims to be a father figure and stresses ad nauseum that the students are like his sons and daughters. No one has so far asked him, or demanded of him, to put his money where his mouth is.
In the syndicate and the senate, it is a fact that the sham of dissent notwithstanding, most of the faculty members, widely seen to be in the camp of the VC, are in favour of the fee hikes.
With students of Panjab University, Chandigarh in the thick of an aggressive struggle against a sharp fee hike, many among the solidarity warriors are actually striking clearly apologetic note in this discourse of resistance. Some did it in Chandigarh's Sector 17 plaza.

A large number of faculty members were part of a bizarre -- shockingly, widely publicised and hailed -- exercise in which senior professors and some students sat together, watching videos and classifying students on the basis of "innocent" or "guilty." They actually told the media that the names of the innocent students were being passed on to the police so that no action is taken against them. Anyone with an IQ of above 12 can guess what the corollary means. 
Besides, since there is a law school inside the university, may be this is a new jurisprudence pedagogy being developed. Watch videos, catch guilty, sentence them. You will find placements in Kashmir valley where the Indian state needs you.
God help you, with such solidarity warriors.
The PU authorities have now announced that on April 19, access to the university will be shut down to all outsiders - "outsiders" being defined as people not having duly issued identity cards. That makes parents and guardians of students, relatives of hundreds of teachers and non-teaching staff members residing on the campus and anyone invited by a professor for a cup of tea, persona non grata.
 "Mitro, vice chancellor sahib ki bhee majboori samjho." 
Thank you. We thought you had come to the town square to stand in solidarity with the students who faced the brunt of police lathis and water cannons. Now we know who you represent.
So far, not a single voice of protest has emerged from the PU faculty. Not one professor has said you dare not stop my girl's boyfriend, who is coming to pick her up for a date, at the gate. Not one faculty member has said he or she feels under house arrest. The fact is: They don't. The solidarity with the vice chancellor seems complete.
"So many outsiders keep roaming in the university," goes the explanation. Right. So many outsiders keep roaming in Sector 17 plaza. Just issue people shoppers' cards, that will check all protests.
As the Indian Express of April 18 has reported, a student shouted at a meeting the VC had convened of the research scholars on April 17: "You are saying this is a market, not a university.” And another student said it was the right of students that taxpayers’ money should be spent on them. Mark Grover's answer: "I cannot give you that right. You have to go to some other place for that.”
What do you think this vice chancellor is telling the mandarins of the Union HRD ministry?
Please tighten your seatbelt for further shocks.
On the fee hike, the VC said: "It is not going to generate a great deal of money but this is a long-term solution and once this is in place then thereafter, examination and tuition fee will only increase by 10 per cent every year.” (as reported in Indian Express, April 18)
So, at the peak of the fiery protests when some of the students are still in custody, the VC is announcing further hikes for even the years to come. And he thinks 10 per cent is a decent figure. The Punjab government's much hyped bill to regulate private schools' fee hikes caps these at 8 percent.
Also, on Monday, Panjab University authorities removed all stones meant for beautification outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office. That signifies the level of trust.
Hyper talk on the part of the VC and pusillanimous stance on the part of the so called solidarity warriors have throughout marked this phase. At a meeting of the Left parties and some other activists, former registrar of Baba Farid Health Sciences University, Dr Pyara Lal Garg, minced no words when he said: "Your business should be to help the students, not to try to guide them and tell them how to run their agitation.”
Representatives of CPI, CPI(M), CPI-ML, Students for Society (SFS), and many activists, journalists and lawyers attended that meeting in Sector 21 office of the CPI.
Dr Garg said the focus should be on withdrawal of cases and making the VC realise that he should not consider himself off the hook and will have to face music for what happened.
"Besides, do not try to go into determining who was wrong by how much. All that is for later. The fact is that these are politically aware students and are not criminals,” Dr Garg said. Student agitations are a fact of life and woebegone the country that does not witness students’ exuberance on contemporary issues.
"The VC got hyper and walked out” is now staple stuff at meetings reported by Panjab University campus beat reporters. This is a line that occurs in para 13 of most stories.
On Monday, April 17, many students were showing library cards and reeling out names of their teachers to prove that they were the students of the university. Remember the last time you read warnings telling people to carry their identity papers with them at all times? That was in Turkey, the day President Erdogan won the referendum. It was the same day, Monday, April 17th, 2017.

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Scholarship for meritorious students’s admission in Govt Polytechnic & Engineering Colleges
17.04.17 - team pt
Scholarship for meritorious students’s admission in Govt Polytechnic & Engineering Colleges

Punjab Technical Education & Industrial Training Minister Charanjit Singh Channi today announced to introduce bio-metric attendance system in the all the colleges and ITI’s of the Punjab Technical Education Department. While presiding over a first review meeting of the department here today, Technical Education Minster said that bio-metric system would be introduced both for the staff and students which would be directly connected online with the head office to keep an eagle’s eye.
The Minister further added that Punjab Government would also launch a scholarship scheme for meritorious students interested in studying in Government Polytechnic, Engineering Colleges & ITI’s. He said that this scheme will also be applicable for outstanding sports students. He said that Government Polytechnic, Engineering Colleges & ITI teachers are more qualified than that of private colleges and they are also highly paid therefore not less than 100% admission target will be acceptable. 
Channi gave a stern message to all the officials that corruption and favoritism would not be tolerated at any level in the department and all promotions will be based on performance which will be directly linked with the ACRs. He further said that the Government institutes should focus on providing job orientated quality education based on the present and future needs of the global Industry. He also asked the heads of the department to make an extra effort to tie up with the Big Industrial units and Multinational Companies at their level for the placement and practical training of students.
Announcing zero tolerance for copying in exams, Channi categorically said that if anyone found copying by the flying squad would also be treated as failure of concerned examiners and he would also be held responsible. The Minister said that the answer sheets of students seeking revaluation would be put on the department website and if difference of more than 10 percent found in the revaluation cases, action against the examiner would be taken. 
The Minister asked the senior officials from head office to inspect all Polytechnic, Engineering Colleges & ITI’s regularly and submit performance report to him. He said that the internal gradation system for department institutes would be put in place and good performing institutes would be rewarded and action against non performers would be taken. Minister also announced annual State Awards for best performing three principles and three teachers of the institutes of the technical education department. 
Others prominent present on the occasion included M.P. Singh, IAS Addl. Chief Secretary, Technical Education and Industrial Training, Kahan Singh Pannu Secretary, Technical Education and Industrial Training, Puneet Goyal, PCS Secretary, Punjab State Board of Technical Education, Mohanbir Singh Additional Director Technical Education, Daljeet Kaur Additional Director ITI, H.P Singh Additional Director Technical Education  & and Principles of Polytechnic, Engineering Colleges & ITI’s.

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