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Artificial intelligence grabs limelight at TiECON Chandigarh

In a session organised on “AI in practice: Real-world applications and implications”, discussions revolved around the automation potential of AI, estimating that around 40% of the work will be automated

Jitin Talwar, founder of XLScout and XLPAT, shared insights into AI’s impact, highlighting that 18% of work had already been automated and will be affecting 6% of the global GDP. (HT)
Published on Mar 03, 2024 05:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

TiECON Chandigarh: Canadian minister highlights room for growth despite standoff with India

Canadian minister says resolving the strained ties will take time, but both countries should work together in trade and become prosperous

(L to R) Harjinder Kang, UK’s HM trade commissioner for South Asia; Jennifer Daubeny, minister commercial, High Commission of Canada; and John Cabeca, US intellectual property counsellor for South Asia, during a session at TiECON 2024 in Chandigarh on Saturday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Mar 03, 2024 05:11 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Brace for rain, another round of hail in Chandigarh

As per IMD Chandigarh director AK Singh, the system will be most active on Saturday, bringing along rain and gusty winds up to 50 km per hour

IMD has also issued a warning to stay indoors and be wary of wind, strong winds and hail. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 02, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

This February was wettest in Chandigarh in 11 years

At 57.2 mm, the rain was highest since 85.8 mm in February 2013 and 73% above normal, which is 33 mm, as per the India Meteorological Department

IMD has also issued a yellow alert for March 1 and orange alert for March 2. Orange alert is the second highest of the four-colour warning systems used by the IMD, advising people to stay prepared. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 08:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: 30% EWS applicants allotted seats in centralised draw of lots

A maximum of 761 children were allotted seats under pre-primary level one, 35 students for pre-primary level two and 40 students for pre-primary level three

Minority schools have reserved 15% of the total seats for EWS students and non-minority schools have reserved 25%. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Feb 29, 2024 06:08 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Former Youth Congress president acquitted in cheating case

According to the allegations, Virk had paid money to Dimpy to look for property in the city, and alleged that Dimpy failed to locate the place and did not return the money; the complaint was filed in 2012 and a case was registered in 2013

Dimpy was arrested on April 6, 2014, on the complaint Virk wherein he had accused him of duping him of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>50 lakh in 2006. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 09:08 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Week to go for convocation, Panjab University still to decide attire

Senator Davesh Moudgil had highlighted how in the last convocation they had been told that a committee has been formed to dwell over ethnic wear, and it’s been a year now with no progress done

A member of the committee described that the idea of Nehru jackets hasn’t been accepted by all as they are tailor-fit while robes are of universal size. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Enhanced annual grants to help Panjab University breathe easy

The annual grant for Panjab University has been enhanced from ₹294 crore to ₹346 crore, with an annual increment of 6% from the next session onwards

Panjab University will also receive a one-time grant of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>175 crore to clear the past arrears. (HT File)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 08:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Clouds to make way for sun in Chandigarh

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), there is uncertainty over how long the sunny spell will last, as a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) is expected to affect the region around February 25.

Even the current WD didn’t affect the city much and only 0.1 mm rain was recorded in the city on the intervening night between Monday and Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 09:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Mohanty demands accountability from Panjab University teachers

Mohanty, appointed to the Sri Aurobindo Chair of Panjab University in December 2023 for a term of one year, interacted with media during a session on Monday

Sachidananda Mohanty and Panjab University V-C Renu Vig during a press conference. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 09:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University teachers raise voice against academic audit in CAS promotions

While thanking the Panjab University vice-chancellor (V-C) for approving the CAS promotions, PUTA president AS Naura said some teachers were still being troubled by the academic audit

Many teachers pointed out that there is no need for such an audit as PU-level committees examine all details of the teacher’s applications. (iStock)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 08:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University sub-committee to decide on menstrual leave for students

A member said the sub-committee had been asked to prepare and submit a final report on the modalities of a menstrual leave policy within two weeks

The matter of menstrual leaves was first raised by the National Students Union of India (NSUI), finding space in their list of key promises in the run-up to the 2023 student council elections. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 09:22 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

V-C forms committee to probe Panjab University senate fracas

“We will also prepare a code of conduct which will have to be followed in the senate and syndicate meetings to discourage such incidents in the future. There will be repercussions for those who don’t adhere to it,” the V-C said

The committee to probe PU senate incident will be led by professor Sukhbir Kaur. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 11:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

38 years on, 51 acres still due to PU, say senators

The pending allotment of 51 acres to Panjab University was raised in the senate. The university is still awaiting the land it was allocated in 1986.

The pending allotment of 51 acres to Panjab University was raised in the senate on Saturday. The issue, which has been ongoing since 1986, was not listed in the agenda, but was brought up by senator Parveen Goyal. (HT File)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 09:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PU in a jam: Heavy traffic a nightmare for commuters

The issue has been persisting for several years now and even found mention in the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) recommendations for the varsity in 2023. Several solutions have been proposed, and many measures rolled out, but there seems to be no end to Panjab University’s (PU’s) traffic woes

It has become a common occurrence for employees, students and visitors to get tangled in traffic bottlenecks when entering or exiting Panjab University, especially at peak hours between 9am and 11am and 1pm to 3pm, irrespective of the gate one (chooses. Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 08:52 AM IST

PU senate meet turns ugly as two members come to blows

It all started when vice-chancellor Renu Vig called the meeting to order and stated that this time, the meeting was taking place in a hybrid mode. Responding to this, senator DPS Randhawa said that during the senate meeting in December, called to discuss the regularisation of services of professor Sukhwinder Singh of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology, many senators did not get a chance to speak.

In a huge embarrassment for Panjab University, two senators -- Varinder Singh of the graduates constituency and the dean students welfare (DSW) Jatinder Grover, came to blows during the senate meeting on Saturday. (HT File)
Updated on Feb 11, 2024 08:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University senate approves budget for 2024-25; confers powers of syndicate to V-C

With no active syndicate in the varsity and the term of the elected deans also coming to an end, senator Satya Pal Jain introduced an agenda that the powers of syndicate be temporarily conferred to the V-C, and the powers of the elected deans be temporarily conferred to the dean of university instruction

The Panjab University has also passed an agenda to increase examination fees for the next session by 5%. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Feb 11, 2024 06:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh sees warmest day, coldest night of the month

The maximum temperature rose from 19.7°C on Thursday to 22.5°C on Friday, 1.2 degrees above normal. It is the highest since December 27, when it was 23.4°C.

Girls enjoying the sunny day at Panjab University Campus in Chandigarh on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Feb 10, 2024 09:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Panjab University mulling use of drones for surveillance on campus

As per PU vice-chancellor (V-C) Renu Vig, the varsity is looking into technological solutions rather than having more manpower for security staff

Last year there was a string of thefts in Panjab University at isolated parking spots where cars were broken into. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 05:53 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: In just 4 days, this February already wettest in 5 years

Since February 1, the city has logged 37.9 mm rain, the highest after 47.5 mm in February 2019, compared to no rain through the entire month last year

Of the 37.9 mm rain, 27.6 mm was recorded on February 1 alone, making it the wettest February day in 11 years. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 08:52 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: After dry January, brace for above-average rain in February

For Chandigarh, the average rainfall for February is 42.1 mm, of which 27.6 mm was logged on the first day itself, the highest for a single February day in 11 years

Visitors enjoying the sunny weather at the Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Friday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 10:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh tricity turns white with hail on wettest February day in 11 years

Residents in a city in India were surprised by a hailstorm on Thursday, with hailstones reaching 1 cm in diameter. The last time the city experienced hail was in April 2023. The hailstorm lasted for about 20 minutes and was accompanied by heavy rain, causing power disruptions and traffic congestion in some areas. The India Meteorological Department had issued a hail warning prior to the storm. The maximum temperature dropped significantly, while the minimum temperature rose slightly.

A road covered with hail in Sector 74, Mohali, on Thursday. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 10:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: After no syndicate, Panjab University now sans elected deans

The deans for various faculties, such as arts, languages and sciences, are elected in dean elections, which were to be conducted, along with the syndicate elections and a senate meeting towards the end of December last year

An official said while the court had put a stay on only the syndicate elections, the other two events were also cancelled owing to the logistics and the cost of conducting them. (HT File)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 09:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh tricity experiences year’s 1st drizzle, some parts see hail

As per the India Meteorological Department, 1.1mm rain was recorded on the day and with no other rain activity seen through the month in Chandigarh

Some parts of Panchkula and Nayagaon saw a hailstorm in the evening on Wednesday. (Sant Arora/HT)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 05:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Live webcast of Panjab University senate’s proceedings to be taken up in Feb 10 meeting

This will be the first senate meeting since June 3 last year as the scheduled December meet was postponed after the Punjab and Haryana high court put a stay on the syndicate elections

A total 25 agendas for consideration and eight awaiting ratification which will come up in the senate meeting. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 11:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Six Indian varsities offer menstrual leave, says student council prez to PU panel

The development comes in the backdrop of a Panjab University (PU) committee formed by vice-chancellor (V-C) having on January 24 held the first meeting to look into the feasibility of menstrual leave

The PUCSC president contended that an open conversation about menstruation was key to getting rid of the taboo surrounding the subject. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 06:59 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh tops country in higher education enrolment

Girls fare better, with 75.4% being enrolled for higher education compared to 56.8% boys, All India Survey on Higher Education shows

Chandigarh was far ahead of the national average of 28.4% as well as the national capital Delhi, which scored 49%. (HT File)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 06:10 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

1st PU committee meet : Student council divided over menstrual leave issue

PUCSC members remained divided in the first meeting of the committee formed by the PU vice-chancellor to examine the menstrual leave issue which was organised on Wednesday with the Dean of University Instruction as the chairperson.

The Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC) members remained divided in the first meeting of the committee formed by the PU vice-chancellor to examine the menstrual leave issue which was organised on Wednesday with the Dean of University Instruction as the chairperson. (Representational image)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 09:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Intense cold spell causes migratory birds to stay away from Chandigarh

Like previous years, this year also Chandigarh forest department has constructed mini islands at Sukhna Lake to give birds a place to feed and to attract migratory birds but this tactic hasn’t worked as per officials

Migratory birds at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh went down by 60-70% due to extreme cold conditions. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 05:34 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh:Stakeholders split over age bar for enrolling in coaching centres

Chandigarh Parents Association president Nitin Goyal said parents shared varying views on the rule, noting, “While it is true that a section of parents want to get their kids enrolled in coaching at the youngest possible age, many parents believe it is spoiling their childhood”

Centres mostly offer coaching for exams like Joint Entrance Examination and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test starting from Class 9. (HT File)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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