Surender Sharma is a principal correspondent at Chandigarh. He covers Punjab and Haryana high court.
Articles by Surender Sharma
To help students share and read study notes of different classes online, three city lads have come up with their own website. The website was launched recently by Hardik Dhamija, Harman Bajaj, both graduates of University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, and Kunaal Satija, a graduate of SD College, Chandigarh.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may take views from its Chandigarh workers whether they want Bollywood actor Kirron Kher as the party's candidate from the city for the upcomign Lok Sabha polls.
The BJP's session to elicit opinion of its workers in finalising the candidate for Lok Sabha polls from the city became a free-for-all session as a number of workers of different groups hurled abuses at each other and exchanged blows at the workers' convention held at the Punjab BJP office in Sector 37 on Wednesday.
Updated on Jan 30, 2014 09:59 AM IST
None | BySurender Sharma Surender Sharma, Chandigarh
After getting a good response from the city residents, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is now struggling with members' enrollment in Chandigarh. The party, which had set a target of making 1 lakh members in the city by Republic Day
If the donations made to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are an indicator, the party is spreading its wings rapidly in the region. From the region: Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh, the AAP, between December 12 and January 16 has collected Rs 32.46 lakh through online donations, being displayed on its website, around 20 lakh from Haryana only clearly showing the effect of home state of its top leaders, Arvind Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav from the state.
Panjab University is planning a dedicated hostel for women research scholars on its Sector-25 campus. Though no deadline was yet given, dean, student welfare, Navdeep Goyal said, "I have asked the construction department to submit an estimate for a hostel at the earliest.
A day after a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillor here laid the foundation of a community centre using bricks with ‘Modi’ engraved on them, municipal corporation officials on Wednesday removed the bricks from the spot.
In a significant development, nearly 500 students of University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) will be attending interactive video lectures by top Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) professors of the country from January 20.
Even as the police sit on the case, about a month on, a Panjab University panel formed to look into the suicide of a dental sciences student has given the clean chit to an associate professor who was reportedly blamed in the suicide note.
The Panjab University has decided to receive applications through an online mode to streamline the process of providing the WiFi facility to the students on the university campus.
Having grown up seeing vast difference of living conditions between the planned sectors of Chandigarh and its villages, for the youth of union territory panchayats, the biggest issue appears to be development on par with the sectors.
Panjab University’s new hostel on the south campus, which will be opened on December 23, will be named after Amrita Pritam, a leading Punjabi writer and poet of 20th century.
With the date of elections to new syndicate out, hectic lobbying has started at Panjab University (PU). The elections to syndicate, the executive government of the university, will take place on December 9, after the senate meeting on December 8.
Going the whole hog into campaigning on social media, the Congress seems all set to exploit the latest technology. Twitter and Facebook are passe now, with messenger services WhatsApp and BlackBerry now being the in-thing.
Danger of slowdown looms large over investments in science and research owing to poor economic conditions prevailing in the country, believes Ajay Kumar Sood, a renowned physicist and member of scientific advisory panel to the Prime Minister.
Classmates would eat his lunch, but he was too genial to ever complain even to his parents. That shy boy at St John's School, Chandigarh's Gurdeep Singh Pall, has now gone on to become the corporate vice-president of Microsoft's video-calling service firm Skype.
Architect Snehal Shah, who was in the city for Le Corbusier's 125th anniversary week celebrations, said planners should have gone beyond what Le Corbusier did in the construction of Chandigarh.
The Panjab University senate on Sunday will discuss a case of re-designation of a faculty member at Department of Indian Theater, which has already raised question about the working of the varsity.
Stung by various controversies, this year's Panjab University campus student council elections witnessed numerous violations of the Lyngdoh Committee guidelines, because of which the university could take an extreme of holding indirect elections to student body, from next year.
Panjab University’s homegrown outfits suffered a severe jolt as Congress wing National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) won two out of the four seats, including that of the president, in the PU Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) elections held amid much drama on Wednesday.
The high-voltage election carnival that culminates on Wednesday would not only give a new student council to Panjab University and the city's colleges but also be a definitive landmark for the two homegrown political parties that have ruled the campus for years.
The University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) will play a major role in who will wrest power in the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC).
The battle to wrest control of the Panjab University Campus Students' Council (PUCSC) has become such a high-stakes game that the per-party budget touches Rs 15 lakh. Ht has reliably learnt from student leaders - who routinely dub the Rs 5,000 per candidate limit as impractical - that the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations remain on paper. Rivals otherwise, together against Lyngdoh guidelines
As parties stitched up alliances and the final list of candidates for the PU Campus Students' Council (PUCSC) came out on Saturday evening, there remained just one girl in fray for the president's post, that too from an inconsequential party on. Though girls have been off these lists for long - despite being 70% of the voters - there was some hope this time with three girls in fray till the filing of nominations.
With student political groups resorting to all possible means to win voters for the Panjab University (PU) student council elections, the university administration is keeping a watch on mass bunking and has barred entry of buses on the campus.
With democracy an alien word in their own countries, the handful students from Afghanistan and Iran studying in Panjab University are awed to see the hustle-bustle in the wake of the student council elections. Cavalcade of vehicles covered with posters, student leaders seeking votes with folded hands and girls raising slogans in favour of candidate of their choice - everything interests them.
You may not remember the name of the PU student council president, but there are some people you associate immediately with campus politics in Chandigarh. They may not be able to contest elections, thanks to strict Lyngdoh Committee guidelines over criminal cases and attendance norms, but real power remains with these leaders even when the posts go mostly to 'dummy' candidates.
With a day or two left for the formal announcement of the date of election to the Panjab University Student Council, the university authorities have stepped up security on the campus.
After two years of embargo and finally a formal reconsideration, Panjab University student polls will still not have the open house debate. Officials told HT they were seriously looking into various parties' demand of reviving the open house debates.
Panjab University, which has acted as a nursery for grooming political leaders projecting youths' voice and democratic values through the student council elections till the recent past, has steadily been witnessing trends like opportunism, use of power and political interference by mainstream parties.