Since its inception,the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER),Chandigarh has emerged as one of the key centres of medical education and research in India. It has produced a large number of doctors,teachers,researchers and scholars who have not only been successfully practising in the premier medical institutions of our country but some of them have even settled abroad. The institution has earned its name worldwide due to its high academic and research standards. I personally feel that on its Golden Jubilee Year (2012-2013),the PGIMER authorities,the MHRD,Medical Council of India (MCI) and other allied agencies and organisations should contemplate starting an MBBS course at the premier institute from the forthcoming session – 2013. The Institution has a highly qualified,competent and experienced team of doctor-educators,latest infrastructure and a huge hospital attached to it – all the basic requirements for starting a MBBS course. The need of the hour,however,is for somebody to take up this initiative and get the necessary permission from the concerned authorities. I feel that it will be a landmark not only in the history of PGIMER but also in the history of City Beautiful,which is fast emerging as an important education hub in northern India. I also hope this new beginning will go a long way in solving the problem of shortage of quality doctors in our country.
Arun Kumar Sharma,SAS Nagar
Posters aplenty,PU asleep
One can see lot of posters or stickers of every party pasted at places other than those allowed for the purpose,on the Panjab University campus,even on the guide map at PUs entry. It seems that the Panjab University authorities can only make tall claims of making the campus poster-free. The university has time and again failed to take action against the student leaders whose posters are pasted on buildings causing defacement. The posters as well as stickers of party names are not limited to the university premises,but can be found outside the university as well,including in market places,bus stops and roadside poles in different parts of the city. These posters have been pasted in areas as far as the Southern sectors,and also in areas outside Chandigarh. The student leaders must be fined for defacement and must be penalised under the Defacement Act. Also,immediate removal of posters from the buildings must be called for and all parties must be asked to utilise the places allocated for pasting posters. If still the student leaders are found pasting posters on walls,strict action must be taken against them.
New PU V-C thorough gentleman
In general our education system,occupying the lowest place in our governments list of priorities, is currently rotting in petty politicking and coveted corruption. The appointment of Arun Grover as the new Vice Chancellor of Panjab University,however,is just the opposite of my cynical presumptions on the criteria for selection. He is not only a reputed scientist and a respected teacher,who must not have lobbied for the post,but also a soft hearted thorough gentleman. Panjab Universitys seemingly stifled soul must have heaved a great sense of relief on getting the news of his appointment as its VC.
Residents should also cop blame for rising thefts
There has been a spurt in the incidents of theft and robberies in Tricity during the last few weeks. Most of the victims are those who had gone on holidays and had left their houses unattended. While the police is to be partially blamed for lax policing system including poor beat system,the residents must also share the blame for such incidents. They must ensure,before embarking on holidays or long vacations,that they inform the local police and their neighbours. They must also ensure that there are no tell tale signs of their absence like undelivered newspapers or post outside their houses..
Commissionerate system long overdue
In a just released report titled Crime in India-2011,the National Crime Records Bureau has noted that crime in Chandigarh is surging with each passing year. Amidst all this,it is high time that the city,which also has the distinction of being the joint capital of the twin states of Punjab and Haryana,gets a Commissionerate system of policing. In recent years,both the states,after enactment of their respective Police Acts,have introduced such a system at select places. While currently three districts in Punjab – Ludhiana,Jalandhar and Amritsar have police commissioner posts,the corresponding districts in Haryana are Gurgaon,Faridabad and Ambala-Panchkula. It is surprising to note that Chandigarh is still lagging behind in this regard. As the Union Ministry of Home Affairs is the nodal ministry for general administration of UTs in the country,it must put such system in place without any further delay. It is true that certain higher-ups in the bureaucracy would surely create hurdles in introduction of police commissionerate system as the new system tends to dilute some of the powers enjoyed by them since the colonial period but be that as it may,separate Police Commissionerate for Chandigarh brooks no delay.
Hemant Kumar,Ambala City