13CT01A.qxd 9/13/2012 12:34 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE thursday | september 13 | 2012 | chandigarh PANJAB UNIVERSITY: CUT DOWN ON ELECTION EXPENSES, SAYS VC Þ PAGE 2 PANCHKULA GENERAL HOSPITAL: PART OF FALSE CEILING GIVES WAY Þ PAGE 3 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY 33.2°MAXIMUM 26.7°MINIMUM DAVIS CUP: PREPRATIONS IN FULL SWING AT CLTA Þ PAGE 5 SUNSET SUNRISE THURSDAY FRIDAY 6.30PM 6.06AM GOVT SCHOOLS GRAPPLE WITH POOR INFRASTRUCTURE Vivek Gupta Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 12 The Central government report tabled in Parliament recently may have shown the Chandigarh government schools in good light, but most of the schools, especially on the city’s periphery, stand with lack of infrastructure. Some of the government schools in the city don’t even comply with the Right To Education (RTE) Act standards for infrastructure. Under the act, schools must have basic infrastructure facilities like an allweather building with at least one classroom for every teacher and an office for the head teacher. A separate toilet each for girls and boys, a playground and a library for every school with sufficient reading material, electrification of the school building, ramp access for disabled students and computers are some of the basic requirements that have been recommended under the RTE Act. However, most of the government schools in Chandigarh and on its periphery don’t even come close to providing these facilities. GSSS, Maloya In November 2009, the Chandigarh Administration declared one of the buildings of Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Maloya, having nine classrooms as unsafe. About three years later, the crumbled structure, though locked, is exposing the apathy of the administration. Principal of GSSS, Maloya, Gurmukh Singh said: “We have sent many reminders to the UT Administration’s engineering department to start the construction work of the school building, but to no avail.” GSSS, KARSAN BLEAK PICTURE GSSS, SECTOR 56 ■ Almost all school on the Schoolchildren pass through the broken boundary wall of Government Senior Secondary School, Karsan, in Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PARVESH CHAUHAN THINGS WILL IMPROVE ❝ The Education Department is aware of the lack of infrastructure and shortage of teachers in government schools. Efforts are on to improve the situation. The department is in the process of compiling the report of the school inspection team, which visited all school in the city the past twothree weeks. Immediate action will be taken in schools that are short of staff and infrastructure. The department will recruit more than 800 teachers. We are already on our job to streamline the things❞ — DPI (SCHOOLS), UPKAR SINGH GMS, Sector 56 The Government Middle School, Sector 56, has been waiting for the past 20 years for concrete classrooms. Four of its classes are running in shed having roofs of cemented sheets. The classrooms lack proper ventilation and children were sitting in the classrooms in extreme humid condition. A JBT teacher at the school said it was extremely difficult to take classes in such conditions. The school was upgraded from primarily to middle school two years ago. However, the school still is up to Class V as there are no classrooms to start Classes VI to VIII. The school has 12 classrooms and 24 sections. Four classrooms are with a tin roof. In order to accommodate the students, classes are taken in morning and evening shifts. School headmaster Ranjit Singh, who recently joined the school, admitted that teaching students under these circumstances was not possible. He said: “A proposal to construct 22 new classrooms has been submitted to the higher authorities and hopefully things will improve.” Smart work ruling periphery schools Almost all schools on the city’s periphery have two shifts — morning and afternoon. No school has the infrastructure to handle the large rush of students in a single shift. Till last year, students of Government High School, Dadu Majra, and Government Middle School, Sector 45, Burail, used to sit in the veranda. However, all students are now able to sit in classrooms as classes are being taken in two shifts. “It’s more of a smart work rather than providing quality education in schools on city’s periphery,” said a school Children sit on the floor at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PARVESH CHAUHAN principal, who says that providing quality education in such conditions is not possible. “We are forced to make adjustments classes have been divided in two shifts.” GMS, SECTOR 56 Set up in 2006, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, is yet to start Class X1 and X11 due to heavy rush of students, mostly from nearly colonies. Despite having 27 rooms, students of six classes are forced to sit in veranda. More rooms are being constructed to accommodate students for the past two years. Schoolteachers say students’ strength has increased manifold in recent years, all thanks to the RTE Act, but the infrastructure is still lacking. Principal of GSSS, Sector 45, Tajinder Kaur said that before the RTE Act, the school had strength of Children forced to study in a shed with a cemented sheet roof at Government Middle School, Sector 56, Chandigarh; and (right) Government High School, Hallo Majra, being run in a temporary structure. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: PARVESH CHAUHAN AND NITIN MITTAL about 2,000 students, but today the number of students has touched 5,000. However, there has been to improvement in the infrastructure. Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanas, also requires six additional rooms, while Government High School, Sharangpur, has only 10 classrooms ■ UIET students develop GPS-based system to monitor location of children Relief to dog owners Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 12 Skipping classes and hanging out with friends won’t be fun anymore as your parents might be keeping a track of your activities. Thanks to an elaborate system involving the global positioning system (GPS) developed by students of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) which will make it possible for parents to monitor the exact location of their children. The system has been developed by a three-member team of Chetan Singla, Rishabh Sardana and Anurag Kanungo. Chetan said the system would enable parents to check the location of their child. “We have developed a server that will keep the location record of all the mobile numbers registered with us and parents will have to go on our web portal and simply put the mobile number to know the location of their child,” he said. Before assigning to the services, an application would have to be downloaded on the particular mobile which would connect it to the server. “The child should have a GPS-based mobile with android and internet facility. The parents will require a computer or a mobile phone with the internet facility,” KEY FEATURES ■ Parents can track their time of the data into servers is less than two seconds (under available GPRS connection) ■ The user can access the real time (current) location of the bus ■ Real time location is available to the user through a map on the internet and through interactive voice response system (IVRS) and SMS ■ The estimated cost of the device per bus is about ~ 3,000 ■ The user can access real-time location of any bus sitting at home on his PC or mobile browser ■ The user will get more accurate location than the existing system because the location of every second is being transmitted to the server child’s location in real time will enable parents to lock the location where their child needs to go. If the child doesn’t reach the destination, the system will raise the alarm ■ If parents are unable to track their child’s real time location, they can track their past locations afterwards, which will be available on the server ■ The facility will be free of cost (except for internet data charges on mobile GPRS and internet connection for the PC) ■ Parents not having access to internet can also check the location of their child by sending an SMS to the server and they will get a reply instantly ■ Parents will also be able to subscribe to hourly updates of their child’s location via SMS ■ It will be helpful in tracing the mobile phone in case of theft said Anurag, another member of the team. The system will be locked by a password which will be with the parents. By this, the child cannot turn off the tracking process. “Even if the child switches off the mobile phone, the last location will be sent to the par- team Rishabh said: “The advantage of this system is that it will give the exact location of the mobile phone with the child. Even if the child moves out of the city, the map of his or her location will be automatically downloaded to track the exact location.” ■ It Students of the UIET display the GPS-based tracking system developed by them in Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI USEFUL IN BUSES ALSO ■ Update ents and as soon the mobile is switched on, they will come to know the past location also,” said the team members. They said the parents could also get their own web portal and a server to track the location of anyone they want. Another member of the GHS, HALLO MAJRA GSSS, Sector 56 Bunking classes? You are being tracked Tribune News Service city’s periphery are short of infrastructure. Most of the schools are running in double shifts. New schools are required in areas around Mauli Jagran, Karsan, Maloya, Sector 52 and Dadu Majra ■ Four classes of Government Middle School in Sector 56 are running in structures with tin roof for past 20 years ■ Govt Middle School, Sector 52, is without a headmaster for the past two years. The toilets are stinking and the general cleanliness is missing in the school ■ Set up in 2006, Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, is yet to start Classes X1 and X11 due to lack of classrooms Chandigarh, September 12 Taking a serious note of challans being issued to pet lovers who own more then two dogs, Mayor Raj Bala Malik today instructed officials to shun the wrong practice. In a communication issued to the MC’s medical health officer, the Mayor stated that before issuing challans for the violation of dog bylaws, the authorities should check the age of the dog. As the bylaws were enforced in July 2010 by the administration, the MC authorities should not issue challans to the owners having more than two dogs before the date of notification. MC Commissioner VP Singh said if the residents produce documents relating to the age of dogs owned by them before the date of notification, relaxation would be given to them after seeking advice from the legal cell of the MC. Recently, special teams were constituted by the MC Commissioner for strict enforcement of the dog bylaws in residential areas, especially for those who owned more than two dogs. The teams issued challans ignoring the fact that the dog bylaws were approved in July 2010. against 20 sections. Education experts say schools are required on the city’s periphery, but delays in administrative approvals and executions are keeping the dream of quality education at bay. GHS, Hallo Majra The building of Government High School, Hallo Majra, is under construction for past one-and-a-half-year, but as told by its principal Sadhu Ram, it will take another five-six months to complete the building. About 900 students at the school are attending classes under the fabricated structure and rest of the students have been shifted to Government Senior Secondary School, Karsan. Principals of one of the government schools said there is no coordination between the UT Education Department and the Engineer Department. They should hold regular meetings to check the progress of the construction work in government schools, he added.
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