PUNJAB CM POSTPONES UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE EXIT EXAMS TILL JULY 15, FINAL DECISION TO DEPEND ON NEW UGC GUIDELINES

Chandigarh, June 28-Responding to concerns expressed by students and parents on the conduct of examinations in the midst of the Covid pandemic, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced postponement of exams for the Exit classes in all the universities of the state till July 15.

The final decision on the subject will, however, be subject to the new directions/guidelines expected to be released by the University Grants Commission (UGC) any time.

Seeking to allay all confusion and uncertainty on this count, the Chief Minister said the postponement till July 15 will also give all the stakeholders, especially the universities, time to adapt and align to the new guidelines that will come from UGC.

An official spokesperson said the Chief Minister felt there was need to remove confusion from the minds of students, teachers and parents regarding safe conduct of examinations.

It may be recalled that Punjab’s universities had taken a decision to conduct exams of Exit classes in the month of July 2020, in accordance with the guidelines issued by UGC on April 29. The UGC had then announced that it will review the situation again. However, the decision regarding academic activities, especially conduct of examinations, is still awaited from UGC.

The Chief Minister has been repeatedly pointing out that since all the universities and colleges in Punjab are accredited/affiliated to UGC, any decision on the exams can only be taken by the statutory body under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

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PUNJAB CM POSTPONES UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE EXIT EXAMS TILL JULY 15, FINAL DECISION TO DEPEND ON NEW UGC GUIDELINES

Chandigarh, June 28-Responding to concerns expressed by students and parents on the conduct of examinations in the midst of the Covid pandemic, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced postponement of exams for the Exit classes in all the universities of the state till July 15.

The final decision on the subject will, however, be subject to the new directions/guidelines expected to be released by the University Grants Commission (UGC) any time.

Seeking to allay all confusion and uncertainty on this count, the Chief Minister said the postponement till July 15 will also give all the stakeholders, especially the universities, time to adapt and align to the new guidelines that will come from UGC.

An official spokesperson said the Chief Minister felt there was need to remove confusion from the minds of students, teachers and parents regarding safe conduct of examinations.

It may be recalled that Punjab’s universities had taken a decision to conduct exams of Exit classes in the month of July 2020, in accordance with the guidelines issued by UGC on April 29. The UGC had then announced that it will review the situation again. However, the decision regarding academic activities, especially conduct of examinations, is still awaited from UGC.

The Chief Minister has been repeatedly pointing out that since all the universities and colleges in Punjab are accredited/affiliated to UGC, any decision on the exams can only be taken by the statutory body under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

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PUNJAB CS ASKS DCs TO WORK TOWARDS BRINGING STATE’S COVID MORTALITY RATE DOWN

ASKS THEM TO TAKE SPECIAL CARE OF CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS & SEEK HELP OF STATE EXPERT GROUP IF NEEDED

Chandigarh, June 28:Under directives from Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to focus stringently on saving lives, Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan on Sunday asked the Deputy Commissioners to take whatever steps possible to arrest the mortality rate in the state so that the fatality could be brought down from the current 2.4%.

The effort should be on saving every Punjabi’s life amid the pandemic, she said, directing the DCs to take special care of critical patients, and directed them to take the help of the State Expert Group chaired by Dr K K Talwar and including international and national experts.

Reviewing the state's preparedness to contain the further spread of the deadly disease at her

first Video Conference meeting with the DCs since taking over as the Chief Secretary, Vini expressed concern over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state and said it was the duty of every DC to go the extra mile to ensure proper surveillance and also arrest the mortality rate, while sending as many cured patients as possible to their homes.

The Chief Secretary instructed the DCs to allow Covid patients to go to private hospitals at their own expense if they so wished. They should also allow patients in Govt centres to get their own food etc if needed.

She informed that the Punjab Government was working to increase the Corona Testing capacity to 20,000 per day, with the four new testing labs approved recently by the stare Govt expected to be operational soon, and new equipment being ordered in July.

The Chief Secretary said that the Deputy Commissioners should ensure that every resident of Punjab should wear the mask and follow the instructions issued by the government. She said that it is critical to avoid large gatherings especially in closed spaces, and masks must invariably be worn in such situations. Not wearing mask, not keeping social distance or spitting in public are anti-social acts, she said, and urged the DCs to continue to appeal to the people of every district to be vigilant, take precautionary measures and follow the advice of health experts.

The meeting felt that a concerted effort should be made to remove the stigma that is being attached to Covid infected persons. Covid is like any other disease where people need to rest and keep away for two weeks so as not to spread the infection, and this message should be spread among all the people in the state, said Vini.

Health Department officials apprised the meeting that there is no shortage of PPE Kits and N-95 Masks in the state.

Dr. K.K. Talwar, Dr. Raj Bahadur and Dr. Rajesh Kumar also shared crucial information on steps needed to contain the spread of disease. The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary Health Anurag Aggarwal, Principal Secretary Finance KAP Sinha, Principal Secretary Medical Education and Research D.K. Tewari, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Tejveer Singh, Principal Secretary Water Supply and Sanitation Jaspreet Talwar and Secretary Health Kumar Rahul.

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Education Department issues instructions to teachers and other employees to change the behavior of the people under Mission Fateh

Encourage the students to take part in the 'Mission Warrior Contest'- Director SCERT

Chandigarh, 28 June-The Punjab School Education Department has asked the school teachers and all the employees of the education department to take active part in the campaign being launched by the Punjab government to prevent the epidemic of COVID-19.

In a letter to the District Education Officers (Secondary and Elementary Education) and Principals, director SCERT Mr. Jagtar Singh Kullaria said that under the government's 'Mission Fateh', officials, headmasters and teachers should play the active role in bringing the change in the attitude of the people towards corona disease.

The letter also directed to make all the citizens of the state aware of the exemptions given by the government for coming out of the lockdown and motivate them to carry out their business, office work, educational activities and other necessary activities as per the government guidelines, the spokesperson said.

Referring to the contribution already being made by the education department under 'Mission Fateh', the letter called for further intensification of the awareness campaign on Corona. Instructions have also been issued to make the messages issued by the Punjab Government through videos and posters to the students and their parents regarding the precautions to be taken against the infection of covid-19 and to put the logo of 'Mission Fateh' on the websites of the Education Department. He said that parents of school children should also be encouraged to download the cova app on their mobile phones and students should be encouraged to participate in the 'Mission Warrior Contest'.

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PWD minister Vijay Inder Singla announces construction of new road to commemorate sacrifice of Gurbinder Singh

Village school, library and stadium renamed after martyr’s name: Vijay Inder Singla

Chandigarh/Tolawal (Sangrur), June 28:-On the Bhog ceremony of martyr Gurbinder Singh, Punjab Public Works Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla announced to construct a new road from Tolawal village to Jakhepal via martyr’s home to commemorate his sacrifice for the nation. The cabinet minister informed that the estimate for the 3-km long road stretch has been prepared by the PWD and it has been sent for sanction from the government. He added that it would cost around Rs. 1 crore.

While paying tributes to Gurbinder Singh, the cabinet minister said that the government high school of the village has already been named as Shaheed Gurbinder Singh High School and school library has also been dedicated to the martyr. He added that the village has provided 2-acre land for the construction of a stadium which will also be named after Shaheed Gurbinder Singh.

The school education minister also met brave-heart niece of martyr who is student of class VIII and expressed her wish to be an army officer. Mr. Singla assured her that every possible support from the Punjab Government will be given to her to fulfill her dreams in the future. He added that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has already assured that the Punjab Government will always stand by the families of martyrs and financial help of Rs. 50 lakh has been announced as immediate relief. He added that the family has given their consent in the name of younger brother for appointment on government job which was announced by the state government and soon the appointment letter as per his qualification will be awarded to him.

On this occasion, Senior Leader Daman Thind Bajwa, Deputy Commissioner Ramvir, SSP Dr. Sandeep Garg, Chairman Rajinder Singh Raja, Congress leader Harmandev Singh Bajwa, SGPC President Gobind Singh Longwal, MLA Aman Arora, SDM Manjit Kaur and various other political, religious and social leaders were also present to pay tributes to martyr.

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