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Rising humidity, change in wind pattern leading to warmer nights in Chandigarh

While the maximum temperature has fallen six notches in four days, the minimum temperature, on the contrary, has shot up by five degrees in the same period

The minimum temperature rose from 31°C on Wednesday to 31.2°C on Thursday, an uncomfortable 5.7 degrees above normal. (Keshav Singh/ HT)
Updated on May 24, 2024 09:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

For 2nd year in row, Chandigarh sets aside 85% quota for govt school pass-outs

As per the prospectus released by the department on Wednesday, like last year’s prospectus, 13,875 seats will be on offer. Out of this, 11,794 seats will be reserved for government school students

When the 85% quota was first introduced, there was much hue and cry by the residents, especially private school children and their parents who felt this would be discriminatory towards them. (HT File)
Updated on May 23, 2024 08:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU moots implementing 27% OBC quota in recruitments

As per the panel’s recommendation, 27% seats are to be set aside for OBC candidates out of which 12% will be solely for those from Punjab. The dean student welfare (DSW) has handed over a copy of the proposal to the two protesting student parties -- Students For Society (SFS) and Sath Party, with assurance that the matter will be taken up in a timely manner. HT has a copy of the letter.

Panjab University (PU) has mooted a proposal to put it into effect in its recruitments. (HT File)
Updated on May 22, 2024 09:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

DSW calls meeting over late-night entry of vehicles in Panjab University

DSW Amit Chauhan said a meeting will be called to review both the incidents and how drivers of both the cars, who appeared to be outsiders, could enter the campus, as the entry of outsiders is banned in PU at night

In the first incident, a white Scorpio SUV drove onto the roped-off path in front of AC Joshi library around 1.30 am on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. (HT file)
Updated on May 21, 2024 06:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: School timings changed as heatwave persists

Issuing a letter to principals of all government and private schools in Chandigarh, the education department has asked them to wind up by 12 pm from Monday; for this, schools can start classes earlier, but not before 7 am

Women take cover under dupattas amid the searing heat in Chandigarh. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on May 20, 2024 08:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Heatwave declared in Chandigarh as mercury hits 44.5°C, highest in 22 years

This is the highest that the maximum temperature has gone since at least 2002, as per IMD records; at 44.5°C, the maximum temperature was 5.6 degrees above normal

A mirage appears on the Sector 16-17 dividing road amid searing heat on Friday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 18, 2024 08:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University V-C directs CoE to try hold entrance tests in May or early June

Admissions was one of the agendas for the meet and while the V-C asked that the process be strengthened, Brijesh Sharma of Panjab University Swami Sarvanand Giri Regional Centre in Hoshiarpur spoke about the unfilled seats for LLB course

University Institute of Engineering and Technology started its admission process just days after the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main results were declared by the National Testing Agency (NTA). (HT File)
Updated on May 17, 2024 08:22 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Mercury to touch 45°C by weekend, IMD issues yellow alert for heatwave

A heatwave is declared in the city when the maximum temperature goes beyond 40°C and simultaneously rises at least 4.5 degrees above normal, or if the maximum temperature goes past 45°C, regardless of how much it departs from the normal.

A COOL OPTION: People purchase earthen pots that are known to possess natural cooling properties that help lower the temperature of water stored within them. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 15, 2024 09:22 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Six PU senators allege senate elections being delayed by the centre

PU officials had said the authorities have already sent the schedule for final approval, but no update on this has come after a month

PU senator IPS Sidhu had also written to the chancellor last month regarding the delay in announcing the election schedule. (HT file)
Updated on May 15, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

CBSE results: Chandigarh’s govt schools put up better show in both Class 10, 12

Individually, Anoop Saini of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 35-D, scored the highest marks (98.4%) in Class 10, while in Class 12, Anmol of GMSSS, Sector 16, was on the top with 97.4% marks in humanities

In Class 12, the government schools in Chandigarh recorded a pass percentage of 88.69% this year as compared to 82.15% in 2023. However, it was still lower than 91.17% in 2022. (Ravi Kumar/HT/for representation only)
Updated on May 14, 2024 09:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

CBSE Class 12 results: Girls sweep top spots in all four streams in Chandigarh tricity

For the fourth year in a row, no merit list was prepared by CBSE officials; The topper in the medical stream was Baljot Kaur, while Mishka Singla topped the non-medical stream by securing a score of 98.4%

Ananya Pandey and Arshpreet Kaur emerged on the top with 98.8% marks in humanities and commerce, respectively. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2024 08:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Haryana board Class 10 results: Lalit tops Panchkula district with 98% marks

In double delight for the Panchkula education department, all three toppers are from government schools and the district also emerged as the best in Haryana in a strong comeback

Panchkula topper Lalit Kumar aspires to join an IIT after Class 12. (Sant Arora/HT)
Updated on May 13, 2024 09:00 AM IST
By, Panchkula

Schoolkids’parents battle traffic chaos in Chandigarh’s Sector 26

n a letter to the Chandigarh adviser, two parents, Jasdeep Singh and Arvinder Kaur, have highlighted how with no alternative arrangements in place, parents are being harassed by the traffic police while the children are left exposed in the sun as summer is reaching its peak

As per the new traffic system, the Butterfly Park road in Sector 26 was made one-way, and can be accessed only from the Sector 7 side during the time of schools’ closing. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2024 09:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Poor pupil teacher ratio a cause of concern for Chandigarh education dept

Among the Chandigarh-specific issues in the Project Approval Board’s meeting, it was noted that there were 123 total schools in the city with 10% or 12 of the total schools having an adverse PTR at the elementary level

The pendency in infrastructure facilities was also highlighted at the meeting. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 09:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

ISC Class 12 results: Girls clinch top spots in humanities, sciences

Last year too, girls had the top positions in all streams, barring non-medical, while this time, they missed the top spot in the commerce stream.

Sabreen Kaur Mann of Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, secured 98.75% to grab the first position. Last year’s humanities topper too had secured the same scores. (HT File)
Updated on May 07, 2024 09:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University issues guidelines for protesting in residential areas

In a circular issued by the varsity, it noted the importance of expressing one’s opinion and the right to assembly but has asked that it be done peacefully and mindful of its impact on residents

On April 29, eight students had tried to enter the V-C’s office by force. One of them also allegedly led a procession through a residential area later that day. (HT file photo/for representation only)
Updated on May 06, 2024 07:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Over 600 register for UIET admissions in first 2 days

Besides UIET, four other institutes, including Dr SSB UICET, CCET, CCA, and UIET Hoshiarpur have formed a joint action committee (JAC) for conducting admission in various BE and BArch courses through their online portal

As per officials, 695 registrations were received, out of which 288 have already paid the fees till Thursday evening. (HT file)
Updated on May 03, 2024 09:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Conman dupes govt school cleaners, 10 principals suspended

The development comes a day after police registered a case against Rajiv Kumar, alias Raju, for duping cleaning staff at these schools after posing as a contractor

After getting chargesheeted, which can take around two weeks, the principals will be given the opportunity to explain their side of things while the department can take further action against them. (iStock)
Updated on May 03, 2024 09:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh Police nail serial killer behind 12 years apart twin rape-murders

DNA from the accused’s semen matched with semen collected from the two victims’ bodies, say Chandigarh Police; profiling of 800 suspects over the past year led police to accused

Identified as Monu Kumar, 38, the accused is a taxi driver by profession. He lives in Shahpur Colony in Sector 38 West, Chandigarh. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on May 03, 2024 09:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Conman booked for duping school cleaners; role of 10 principals under scanner

UT education department officials said as per initial probe, Rajiv had claimed to be a contractor from Delhi who had got the contract from the Union ministry of health under the Swachh Bharat Mission; in some schools he claimed to be from the Chandigarh municipal corporation

The scam came to light a week back after the accused Rajiv Kumar went to a government school , posing as a recruiter. (iStock)
Updated on May 02, 2024 08:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

UGC grants category 1 autonomy to Panjab University

Category 1 status is based on NAAC score and any university with a score of over 3.5 gets this status; Panjab University had achieved a score of 3.68 in its latest NAAC grading

There are 56 central universities, out of which less than 10 are in the commission’s top category of autonomy as of February 2024. (HT file)
Updated on May 01, 2024 08:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh sees warmer, drier April than last year

Temperature wise, both the average maximum and minimum readings this year were higher than last year; the average maximum temperature this year was 34.7°C as against 33.1°C in 2023, while the average minimum temperature was 19.4°C, compared to 18.6°C in 2023

With 25.2 mm rain this April in Chandigarh, the rain was 88% above normal rain which is 13.4 mm as per IMD. (HT photo)
Updated on May 01, 2024 08:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh Police issue advisory to PU for maintaining peace during upcoming polls

Authorities have been told that no political rally can be organised on campus without prior permission from the UT administration; the varsity has further been asked to allow entry only to people carrying a valid identity card, besides conducting strict checking at the entrance gates to deter any troublemakers entering the campus

Police personnel detaining student protesters outside the vice-chancellor’s office on the Panjab University campus on Monday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 09:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Mercury slides by six degrees in Chandigarh amid cloudy, windy weather

The day temperature fell from 35.9°C on Sunday to 29.8°C on Monday; this was 7.1 degrees below normal and the lowest since April 1 when the mercury meter read 29.2°C

Visitors enjoying the cloudy weather at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Monday. (Keshav SIngh/HT)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 09:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University approves new syllabus as per NEP

Under the new policy, candidates pursuing a UG degree can opt for different major and minor subjects; they can, if they wish to do so, exit the degree after the first year (or first two semesters) and receive a UG certificate

While earlier NEP was implemented only for first-year of undergraduate courses offered on the Panjab University campus, this time, it will be enforced at PU affiliated colleges as well. (HT file)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 08:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Mercury breaches 40°C mark first time this year

While the maximum temperature has now crossed 40°C, Chandigarh is yet to see any days with heatwave conditions this season

Students quenching thirst amid the hot weather at SD College, Sector 32, in Chandigarh on Friday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 08:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

JEE Main: Vedant tops Chandigarh with AIR 26

The JEE Main exam was conducted in two sessions, and the best attempt has been considered to calculate the final percentile and rank

Vedant Saini plans to join IIT Bombay for computer science engineering. (HT)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 09:18 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Auto-rickshaws reign as rule violators among school vehicles in Chandigarh

As per STA data between January 2023 to March 2024, there have been 1,008 challans issued to autos for violations of the Safe Transportation Policy for Students (STRAPS) of the UT transport department

Schoolchildren returning home in crowded auto-rickshaws, which are not allowed to carry over four kids as per high court guidelines. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 08:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University announces competition to design new academic costume

Panjab University launches competition to design new academic costumes for convocation after failing to adopt traditional Indian attire for two years.

Different costumes have to be made for both males and females for undergraduate toppers, post graduate toppers, PhD degree awardees, the syndics, senators and fellows at Panjab University. (HT File)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 09:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Govt schools told to accept all admission forms

If seats are available in a school, then admission will be granted as per policy; if the seats are unavailable, the case will be referred to the cluster school, under which the institution falls, by the evening of that day or the next working day; all forms can be submitted in all schools

There are 112 government schools in Chandigarh. (HT file)
Published on Apr 21, 2024 01:42 PM IST
By, Chandigarh
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