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Surender Sharma is a principal correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Punjab and Haryana high court.

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BJP asks district presidents to submit performance report

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit has sought details about par ty’s perfor mance from its district presidents about performance in their respective booths in the Lok Sabha elections 2014 in their respective areas.

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Updated on Jun 02, 2014 02:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

‘Unlike Rahul, Modi’s leadership style was appreciated by people’

Professor emeritus, department of political science, University of Missouri, Columbia, Paul Wallace, is an expert on South Asia. HT reporter Surender Sharma talked to him on wide range of issues.

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Updated on May 28, 2014 11:13 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Semester system awaits new Panjab varsity college students

Panjab University senate, the highest decisionmaking body in the varsity, has finally given its approval to the introduction of semester system in varsity-affiliated colleges from the 2014-15 academic session for undergraduate courses.

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Updated on May 26, 2014 06:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Semester exams await PU students

Panjab University senate, the highest decisionmaking body in the varsity, has finally given its approval to the introduction of semester system in varsity-affiliated colleges from the 2014-15 academic session for undergraduate courses. The University School of Open Learning (USOL) will also be introducing the system from this session as its request for more time was not entertained.

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Updated on May 26, 2014 01:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU V-C faces flak as senators say incomplete agenda was circulated

The PU senate may have cleared the introduction of the semester system in PU and affiliated colleges on Monday, but not before heavily criticising vice-chancellor AK Grover for not listing the topic in the agenda sent to senators.

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Updated on May 26, 2014 01:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Kirron stormed Cong bastions also in her win

Though minute details of elections are yet to come, be it villages, colonies or urban sectors, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Kirron Kher maintained her upper hand throughout the City Beautiful.

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Updated on May 18, 2014 04:00 PM IST
None | By, Chandigarh

How Bansal was put off track

When her name was announced from the City Beautiful, leaving three established leaders of the party sulking, few expected her to trump four-time Congress MP and former railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

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Updated on May 17, 2014 12:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Opting for outsider turns out to be BJP's trump card

On hindsight, opting for a candidate who was viewed as an outsider over entrenched local leaders proved to be a strategically wise move by the BJP, which won the Chandigarh seat after three consecutive defeats in all the general elections after 1999. The party not only won the seat but did so by a hefty margin.

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Updated on May 16, 2014 11:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU left behind by other institutes in QS rankings

Panjab University (PU) may have figured in the list of top 200 institutes in Asia, but domestically its image has taken a beating with the announcement of rankings of Asian universities announced by British publishing house, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

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Updated on May 14, 2014 04:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU sets up panel to look into research scholars’ issues

Panjab University has constituted a five-member panel to address issues of research scholars. A team of five research scholars, one of each stream, including a convener, will act as a go-between the researchers and the university. The forum will work in close coordination with PU vice-chancellor and dean, research.

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Updated on May 13, 2014 09:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Answer sheet stolen after PU student caught cheating

Hours after a case of using unfair means (UMC) was registered against a second year student of the department of laws at Panjab University, his answer sheet went missing from the department on Tuesday afternoon. The teachers at the department spent nearly three hours calling up the student.

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Updated on May 07, 2014 12:04 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU undergraduate results set to be delayed by a week

With Panjab University having to reschedule some undergraduate examinations due to the Lok Sabha polls in Chandigarh, Punjab and neighbouring states, results will be delayed by nearly a week. Nearly three lakh students are appearing for examinations that are being conducted in nearly 188 colleges across Punjab and Chandigarh.

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Updated on May 06, 2014 11:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Monkey menace plagues PU depts

Departments lying on the fringes of the Panjab University campus have been terrorised by monkeys. With monkeys hanging around the forest cover of the varsity, departments, including University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), biophysics, biochemistry, centre for systems biology and bioinformatics departments, as well as some departments in the pharmacy and biomedical sciences block, have to deal with a persistent problem.

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Updated on May 05, 2014 12:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Facing problems, UBS seeks to drop MBA biotech course

University Business School (UBS), Panjab University, has asked the varsity to discontinue Master of Business Administration (MBA) in the biotechnology course offered by institute, stating that it was unviable.

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Updated on May 04, 2014 12:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Facing problems, UIET seeks to drop integrated engg course

Panjab University’s integrated five-year integrated engineering and management programme appears to run into rough weather with the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) writing to the PU administration to discontinue the course, citing various reasons.

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Updated on Apr 30, 2014 11:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Faculty unpaid, PU strips music dept head of powers

In reaction to some teachers in the music department not being paid their salaries on t i me, the Panjab University administration has taken the unusual step of divesting its chairperson, Neelam Paul, of various powers including those relating to financial matters.

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Updated on Apr 26, 2014 11:44 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU scientists successfully develop plates for Higgs Boson project

Panjab University scientists have succeeded in developing the first resistive plate chamber to be used in the project to upgrade the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator in Geneva, for experiments on the Higgs boson or ‘God Particle’.

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Updated on Apr 23, 2014 11:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Lack of space at PU leads to scramble for vacant block

Even as scores of newly set up departments at Panjab University continue to function in small rooms allotted within existing ones, a three-storied building at the botany department has remained unutilised for the past four years.

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Updated on Apr 22, 2014 10:52 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Good marks, yet no job? PU for soft skills help

Employability and soft skills have for long been a major hindrance to young graduates and postgraduates getting a job. Taking note of this, the Panjab University has decided to intervene and start non-credit (results do not reflect in grades or transcripts) courses from the 2014-15 academic session.

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Updated on Apr 21, 2014 10:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

UIET drops three subjects from PG entrance test list

The University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) has dropped three subjects from this year’s Combined Entrance Test (CET) list conducted for post graduate courses. The examination is conducted by Panjab University for enrollment to various courses offered by 30-odd institutes in Chandigarh.

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Updated on Apr 19, 2014 11:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Row between CCA, regulatory body masks deeper problems

There may be more to the wrangling between the Council of Architecture (COA), the regulatory body for all architectural institutes in the country, and the Chandigarh College of Architecture (CCA) than meets the eye.

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Updated on Apr 16, 2014 10:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

PU asks UT admn to increase height of south campus boundary wall

With Panjab University struggling to ensure security at its south campus, the varsity has written to Union Territory (UT) administration to raise the height of wall between Bhaskar colony and the campus.

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Updated on Apr 15, 2014 10:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Inclusion of NOTA in annual polls splits teachers’ body

While the recently held state assembly elections and the ongoing parliamentary polls may have given voters the right to reject all candidates, NOTA (“none of the above option”) has left the Panjab University Teachers Association ( P U TA ) a divided house.

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Updated on Apr 14, 2014 09:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

AAP alleges BJP, Cong violated poll code using Twitter, Facebook

The social media war between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Gul Panag and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate, Kirron Kher is far from over. Days after Panag and Kher took digs at each other over their age, Panag in an indirect reference to Kirron and other BJP leaders accused them of violating the model code of conduct during polls by putting messages and pictures on Twitter and Facebook.

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Updated on Apr 13, 2014 12:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Semester system: PU plans to hold senate meet in May

The Panjab University plans to hold a special senate meeting in May to clear the proposal of introducing the semester system in its affiliated colleges for undergraduate courses.

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Updated on Apr 13, 2014 12:06 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Some back in wind, others unwind

After nearly monthlong electioneering, the candidates, whose luck was sealed by 4.53 lakh voters of Chandigarh on Thursday, heaved a sigh of relief from their hectic schedule. A day after polling to the 16th Lok Sabha, some candidates spent their entire day at home, while others went out on a shopping spree.

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Updated on Apr 12, 2014 10:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: 17 in fray, but all eyes on actors vs ex-minister

Chandigarh has 17 candidates in the fray, but all eyes are on three: Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal, Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP's) Gul Panag and Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) Kirron Kher.

Updated on Apr 09, 2014 09:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Bansal pitted against a starry challenge

Former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was sailing through quite nicely till recently, but the Railgate scandal, in which his nephew was caught taking a bribe from a senior railway official, coupled with anti-incumbency has made the battle harder for him.

Updated on Apr 09, 2014 09:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

In starry battle, astrologers see winners on all sides

Who will represent the city in the 16th Lok Sabha? The million dollar question might yet be locked up in the minds of voters, but HT contacts the people who seem to know it all, the astrologers, for a peep into the possible future on May 16, the day the votes are counted.

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Updated on Apr 08, 2014 11:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Omens, charms don’t seem to matter for our candidates

They would have many superstitions, but the top four contenders who have plunged into the Lok Sabha battle for Chandigarh seat claim to be atheist. Most of them say they offer prayers but do not believe in good or bad omens.

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Updated on Apr 08, 2014 11:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh
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