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Parents to meet Police Commissioner today

24 Apr 2017 | 1:25 AM

JALANDHAR: Hundreds of parents gathered at the local Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall today to protest against the charging of “exorbitant fees” by many private schools from students. Gathering under the banner of the Punjab Parents Association, the parents said the district administration, rather than addressing their demands, was building pressure tactics against them to so that their protest and voice against the fee hike might be withdrawn.

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Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 23

Hundreds of parents gathered at the local Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall today to protest against the charging of “exorbitant fees” by many private schools from students.

Gathering under the banner of the Punjab Parents Association, the parents said the district administration, rather than addressing their demands, was building pressure tactics against them to so that their protest and voice against the fee hike might be withdrawn.

The parents alleged that big managements of some educational institutes were making false cases in police stations against parents and threatening them through the police. While members of the association have also been summoned by the Commissioner of Police for an inquiry on the complaint lodged by DIPS School against the association on November 17, parents said penal action against schools, however, still remained elusive.

Kamaldeep Singh, president of the Punjab Parents Association, said, “Police teams came to mine and some other association members’ houses last night to inform us that we had been called. Now we shall be visiting the Commissioner of Police regarding the inquiry tomorrow. However, so far, none of the schools have been audited properly. Nor has any of the institutions been penalised for levying undue hike.”

The Education Department has said that as many as 93 government school principals across the district had been deputed to carry out checks in 755 private schools, the report regarding which has been sought within a week. The checks shall also be conducted tomorrow.

Parents from Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Hoshiarpur, Tanda, Nakodar, Bhogpur, Shahkot, Kartarpur, Sultanpur Lodhi among other places, gathered at the spot.

They said as per a 2012-13 ruling by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, none of the schools could hike their fees without the requisite permission from parents or the board, nor could they levy additional charges like annual charges, re-admission, building charges, smart classes, computer fee, I-card, science fee, library, laboratory among other fees. They said the orders were given by the fee committee of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

They said as per the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutional Bill, 2016, the hike of 8 per cent permitted in a year to schools was also not supposed to be done without the prior permission of the PTA (Parents Teacher Association) Committee. They said before implementing the said hike, the schools had to first furnish details of the money spent in the previous year as well as and the money left over after making the said expenditures along with solid reasons for the hike, which had been implemented.

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Fashion week held

24 Apr 2017 | 1:24 AM

JALANDHAR:Student organisation ‘Altiora’ at Lovely Professional University (LPU) organised a three-day ‘Ardour Fashion Week 2017’ for National Model and Designer Hunt at LPU campus, where first Indian to win ‘Mr World’ Title Rohit Khandelwal accorded modeling and designing tips to LPU students.

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Plantation driveCampus Notes

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Under President Ajit Singh Sethi and members of the school managing committee, World Earth Day was celebrated at Guru Amar Dass Public School, Model Town, Jalandhar.

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23 Apr 2017 | 1:15 AM

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Industry body for new focal point

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Jalandhar: Welcoming the proposed industrial part for the city, the Beopar Sena, Punjab, has said the lone industrial park on Dhogri Road would not be sufficient to fulfill the industrial requirement.

Parents to meet today on fee issue

23 Apr 2017 | 1:15 AM

JALANDHAR: In view of the ongoing stand-off between parents and the district administration, a huge gathering of parents has been organised at Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall on Sunday at 3 pm.

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Earth Day

‘Countries must unite to save the planet’

23 Apr 2017 | 1:15 AM

JALANDHAR: The Pushpa Gujral Science City today celebrated World Earth Day, where experts discussed the consequences of urbanisation for the planet. The function was jointly organised by the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences and Science City.

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JALANDHAR: The Punjab Lok Sabhyacharak Manch will observe National Labour Day this year as the centenary celebrations of the Russian Socialist Revolution (1917-2017).

Majoritarianism threat to democracy: Expert

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23 Apr 2017 | 1:15 AM

JALANDHAR: In his keynote address at a seminar on jingoism in India, Dr Apoorvanand Jha, HOD, Hindi Department, Delhi University, today said it was not communalism, but majoritarianism, which had spread its tentacles across the world.

Four held for forging income proof

23 Apr 2017 | 1:15 AM

PHAGWARA: The police have arrested four persons, including two brothers, for alleged fraud, forgery, impersonation and criminal conspiracy.

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