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Importance of teacher’s role stressed
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 5
Teachers’ Day was celebrated at various educational institutes of the local town and surrounding villages. Students greeted their teachers by presenting flowers and attractive cards.

Addressing students and teachers at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Samni Vipul Pragya, a disciple of Acharya Mahapragya, said the teacher was the foundation stone of any nation.

“When a teacher educates a child he contributes in the process of nation building. An ordinary person reaches apex in respective filed by virtue of his or her education and deeds, which are tailored necessarily by a teacher,” elaborated Samni Vipul. Mr D.R. Sharma, and Mr Mangat Ram Jain, chairman and president of the Vidya Parcharak Sabha, respectively and Mr Baldev Goyal spoke on the occasion.

Teachers and students of Janta College for Women arranged a cultural programme. During his address, Mr Ravinder Puri, vice-president of the college, impressed upon the students to recognise the contribution of their teachers in shaping their lives. Expanding the word TEACHER he stressed that a teacher at the same time should have training, enthusiasm, ability, character, honesty, education and sense of responsibility as essential qualities.

Ms Chiter Rekha Sharma and Ms Surinder Kaur, MD and Principal of the college, respectively, urged the social and political leaders to work collectively for saving the dignity and respect of the teaching community.

Mr Amrit Lal, Mr Rajinder Sharma, Mr Mangat Rai and Mr Kedar Nath Kapila were also present on the occasion.

The students of Guru Nanak Ayurvedic Medical College and Research Institute arranged a cultural function to felicitate their teachers. As a token of respect, they presented attractive gifts to their teachers. Dr Balwinder Singh Walia, chairman of the institute, called upon the teachers to reciprocate the sentiments of the students by imparting them up to date and intensive knowledge so that they could serve the ailing humanity in a better way. Dr J.P.S. Oberoi, Principal and Dr Kaushal, Vice-Principal, also spoke on the occasion. Separate functions were organised at Anand Isher Senior Secondary School and Kennedy Public High School also.



Teachers honoured at Doraha
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 5
The Doraha College of Education celebrated Teachers’ Day in a novel way. The college honoured sincere and outstanding teachers of the local college. Dr Inderpal Singh, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of GND University, was the chief guest.

He praised the teachers for their dedicated service. He urged the B. Ed students to inculcate good values so that after completing their training, they could instill these values in their students.

He urged the students to update their knowledge banks regularly and try to imbibe skills that would help them keep pace with the changing technologies and teaching methods. He laid stress on professional integration.

He said mind rules over money and muscles and teachers had always been and would always be the guiding force and strength for their students.

The Chairman of DCE, Mr Sukhpal Singh, Mrs Amrit Gurm, Director, DCE and principals from local schools and students participated in the function.

Speeches, poems and a colourful Punjabi folk dance were presented.

The teachers honoured were Mrs Gurmeet Kaur of Guru Nanak Model School, Mr Anil Pandit of Sarswati Model School, Ms Narpinder Kaur of Dasmesh Model High School, Mr Sanjeev Sharma of Shakti Public School, Mrs Neelam Kelley of Arya Putri Pathshala, Mrs Sukjit Kaur of Punjab Public School, Ms Sandeep Kaur of GTB School, Mrs Prabjot Kaur and Mr Surinder Kaushal of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School.



Teachers protest at Matka Chowk
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 5
Hundreds of activists of the Private Aided Teachers Union marched towards Chandigarh for participating in the state-level demonstration at Matka Chowk today. They had proceeded on mass casual leave as a part of observation of black day on the occasions of the Teachers’ Day.

Led by Mr Amrit Pal, district president of the union, teachers of the local private aided schools raised slogans against the Education Minister and the Chief Minister at MGMN Senior Secondary School.

The district president claimed that all employees of the private schools in Sangrur district had proceeded on casual leave.

“Irrespective of their rank and responsibility employees of all categories showed solidarity with the union. None of the schools in Sangrur district was open today,” claimed Mr Amrit Pal.

Employees from Jain Muni Shri Kundan Kanya Mahavidyalya, Guru Nanak Kanya Maha Vidyalya, and GHG Khalsa Senior Secondary School left for Chandigarh from Gandhi School.



Schools celebrate Teachers’ Day
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, September 5
Teachers’ Day was celebrated in Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School and Sanatan High School. Students of 10 plus I and 10 plus II acted as mock teachers . Shilpa of 10 plus I acted as Principal, Latika of plus II as Vice-Principal and Pankaj of plus II as DPE.

Staff members organised a cultural programme where the teachers sang songs and delivered a speech. The teachers listened to the spiritual discourses of Anand Murti Guru Maa.

The Principal, Mrs Sadhana Sharma, highlighted the importance of the day. She said teachers hold a unique position in society and called upon them to inculcate a liberal outlook and commitment to high ideals of patriotism and secularism.

Mrs Usha Kaura, Headmistress, also congratulated the teachers.

Spring Dale Public School: Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, Sherpur, Ludhiana, celebrated Teachers’ Day. Nazay Bhatia of Class III recited a poem on the day, Vandana (Class XII) Shivani (Class XIII) and Prabhjot Kaur (Class VIII) delivered speeches in Hindi, English and Punjabi, respectively, on the life of Dr Sarvapali Radhakrishanan.

Mrs Avinash Kaur Walia, Director, said an ideal teacher should be respected everywhere. He should serve the students as a guide, a friend and guardian.

GMT School: “The teachers motivate and inspire the students to reach their aims.” Teachers’ Day was celebrated at GMT Public School as a mark of respect to one of India’s greatest teachers and philosphers, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. In the morning assembly , speeches were delivered by the students as well as teachers, stressing upon the role of a teacher in the student’s life.

They said the basic foundation of human development is the teacher , who helps in nurturing the little saplings into a big tree to provide shade to others. A cultural programme was organised by senior students of the school to make this special day a memorable day.

BCM Dugri: Teachers’ Day was celebrated at BCM School, Dugri. In the morning , teachers were surprised to see some senior students dressed up like their favourite teachers and sitting in the staff room. In place of teachers, the students managed the assembly and even imitated their style of speaking. It was a self-government day in the school.

Teachers organised a small function on the occasion and played different games.

“A teacher is the guide on the road to knowledge, so he should have the basic qualities of a guide, to show the student everything worth seeing,” said the principal.

Guru Gobind Singh School: On the occasion of Teachers’ Day, a cultural function was organised in Guru Gobind Singh Public School, Daad village, Ludhiana. The students recited many poems and sang melodious songs in honour of the teachers. They presented the teachers with lovely flowers and cards related to the event.

Mrs Gurinderjeet Kaur and Mrs Jaswinder Kaur, teachers, imparted information to the student’s regarding Teachers Day and the life of Dr Radhakrishnan.

Atam Public School: Teachers’ Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm, excitement and joy by both the students and teachers of Atam Public Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana. The day began with the showering of flower petals by the students

On the arrival of the principal and teachers, a ‘happy teachers’ day cake’ was cut and sliced by the Principal. This was followed by dance and song items by both the students and teachers.

A dance competition of 10 plus I, 10 plus II, students was held. Heena of 10 plus I and Mangla of 10 plus II (Arts) were awarded first prizes. This was followed by a lively and entertaining show by the teachers. A speech was delivered by the Principal reminding the teachers of performing their duty to the best of their ability and skill.

GNPS: The day was celebrated as self-government day in Guru Nanak Public School Sarabha Nagar. The reins of the school were in the hands of students of Class XII. Ishnmeet Singh played the principal and Sahibpreet Kaur, the head girl, was the vice-principal.

Other students acted as administration staff and subject Teachers. Special prizes were given to them.

To draw out the latent talent of the students an inter-house talent contest was organised in which , all the four houses (Bhai Vir Singh House , Shaheed Bhagat Singh House , Prof Mohan Singh House, Maharaja Ranjit Singh House) participated . Each house was to perform a mono-acting , solo songs, Punjabi skit, English skit and an item based on the freedom struggle of our country. These items included scenes from Jhansi Ki Rani, Bhagat Singh and his sacrifices and Mr Gurdit Singh and Kamagatamaru. History came alive on the stage when the students presented patriotic items.

Prof Mohan Singh House stood first.

KVM School: The school managing committee of Kundan Vidya Mandir organised a small get-together and gave appreciation awards to the following teachers at a function held in the school .

Ms Sudesh Bhasin, Ms Sunita Arora (activity), Ms Usha Gupta, Ms Mrinalini Bakshi, Ms Anita Arora, Ms Mamta Aggarwal, Ms Kalpana Sharma (activity), Ms Anu Thapar, Ms Veena Ahuja, Mr Amit Kush (activity), Ms Priya Singh

Mr Vijay Kapoor and Ms Sonia Verma (Activity)

Puntuality awards were given to following teachers:

Mr J.P. Sharda (middle section), Ms Sunita Arora, Mr Madan Lal, Dr Anil Chawla, Mr RC Bansal, Ms Renu Katyal, Ms S. Nagpal, Ms Vandana Dhuria.

Baba Isher Singh School: Teachers Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at Baba Isher Singh (N) Senior Secondary Public School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana. An inter-house bulletin board decoration and inter-class decoration competition was held on the theme of ‘The teacher as a nation builder.’

Students of classes VI to XII decorated bulletin boards and classrooms.

They put up quotations, thoughts, pictures and posters. Students also presented a cultural programme on the occasion which included speeches, songs and dances.

Gupta Model School: Gupta Model High school organised Teachers Day here today which was presided over by Mr Darshan Singh, DSP, Vigilance. A cultural programme was followed by a declamation contest for Houses. Bhaskar House was declared the best.

Function: Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, chairman of Housefed, Punjab, on Teachers Day said at a function that teachers played an important role in the lives of everyone as at some point or the other, they left a deep impact on the young minds of the students. Next to parents were the teachers, but sadly the relationship between the teachers and taught was on the decline, he said.



From Colleges
SD College seniors welcome juniors
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 5
A welcome party was organised by students of M. Com (second year) of Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College for their juniors here today. The function was presided over by the Chairman of the Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Mr Jagmohan Gupta. The Principal, Mr Deepak Kaushal, welcomed the chief guest. Mr Rajesh Marwaha, Head of the Commerce Department stressed that these type of activities were essential for the overall personality development of the students.

Senior students welcomed the new students and presented a cultural programme. The staff members of the department attended the function. The students congratulated all teachers.

Raman was declared Mr Fresher, Shikha Miss Fresher, Sachin, Mr Elegant, and Miss Simran Miss Elegant.

Programme for faculty: The Faculty Development Programme (FDP) of the ISTE chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan campus , Model Town, will recommence on September 9. The programme will be held every Friday for one and half an hour at 1.30 pm.

The faculty of all institutes affiliated to PTU can attend the programme without paying any fees.

GMT College: The Birth anniversary of the late President Dr S. Radhakrishnan was celebrated with enthusiasm in the GMT College of Education by students and teachers. The programme was not only a tribute to the contributions of Dr Radhakrishnan in the field of education, but was also an opportunity to highlight the prevailing conditions of our education system.

The programme started with Saraswati Vandana followed by plays and songs. The students concluded the programme with a pledges that they will serve society and become trendsetters in the field of education.

Satyam College of Education: Teachers’ Day was celebrated in the Satyam College of Education, Moga. Mr Tota Singh, MLA of Moga was welcomed by Ms Chander Mohini, Principal. She said sensitivity of the teachers’ community had been lost to a large extent. Teachers’ education was on the cross- roads and a change had taken place in the values and aspirations of society due to globalisation and modernisation.

Partap College of Education: Teachers’ Day was celebrated at Partap College of Education, Ludhiana, today. The inauguration of the session also took place on the same day. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr S. S. Johl, Vice-Chairaman, Punjab State Planning Commission. A cultural presentation, thought-provoking speeches and poetry recitation marked the day.

Dr Balwant Singh, Principal, alongwith other members of the managing committee, welcomed the chief guest.

The chief guest congratulated the students for opting the teaching profession. He said they were lucky as they would be always in touch with the coming generations through their profession.

He advised them to become dutiful and role models by following the value system.

The faculty members were honoured by the college authorities. Dr Manjinder Kaur, lecturer, presented the vote of thanks. 



Row over shifting of ESI dispensary
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 5
Thousands of workers, entitled to medical facilities under the Employees State Insurance Scheme (ESI) in the city, are upset over the government decision to shift the ESI dispensary No 4 from the premises of ESI Model Hospital here to Jodhan village, about 12 km from here.

According to affected card holders of the said dispensary, the ESI authorities had shifted dispensary No. 4 to an industrial unit located in Jodhan village to facilitate the factory workers whereas nearly 10,000 other workers, attached to this dispensary, would have to travel all the way to Jodhan village, which was practically impossible, particularly in cases of medical emergency.

Those availing medical facilities from this dispensary since 1978 further alleged that the government had taken this unwarranted decision under pressure from the factory owner, whose workers had to come to the city to seek treatment for various health problems. The card holders of the dispensary claimed that for a small number of workers of this particular industrial units, thousands of other local workers were made to suffer.

A large number of industrial and transport workers, attached to ESI dispensary No. 4, were of the view that if at all, the authorities should have shifted another ESI dispensary in the city which was catering to just about 1,500 workers and where the number of OPD patients was also nominal.

Taking strong exception to the unjust and discriminatory move of the government, the activists of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has called upon the government to scrap the decision of shifting the dispensary from its present location in the larger interest of the workers. The CITU further threatened to launch an agitation if the government went ahead with the shifting which, it remarked, would affect thousands of workers and would amount to denial of medical facilities that they were entitled to. Scores of local business houses and industrial establishments covered under the ESI provisions, have also asked the government to review its decision since forcing the workers to travel to Jodhan for routine medical facilities would be a gross injustice to them. 



St Thomas School shooters excel
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 5
Shooters of the local St. Thomas Senior Secondary School, Brown Road, gave a sterling performance clinching seven medals, including four gold, in the 6th Punjab State Inter-School Shooting Championship held at Mohali on September 3 and 4. According to Mr Johnson, in charge of the team, the shooters from the school made their presence felt during this two day meet and finished ahead of all other schools.

Khushboo Verma annexed a gold in the sub-junior women’s air rifle while Chirag Sehgal won the top honours in the sub-junior men’s air rifle. The team of Chirag Sehgal, Manoj Singla and Anmol gave a stupendous performance and helped their school to win a gold in the sub-junior men’s air rifle (O.S) event. The girl’s team did not lag behind as Khushboo Verma, Pooja Chaudhary and Aarti Chaudhary proved too good for their immediate rivals and won gold medal in the sub-junior women air rifle (O.S).

In the sub-junior women’s air rifle, Pooja Chaudhary gave a good account of herself but she had to content with a silver medal. Pushpinder Singh and Avdeep Singh Bhogal secured a bronze medal each in the junior men’s air rifle and sub junior men’s air pistol events, respectively.

Ms H. Malaki, Principal of the school, honoured the shooters for bringing laurels to their schools and wished them more success in future. Meanwhile, the position holders during this meet have been selected to represent Punjab in the All-India Inter School Shooting Championship to be held at Doon School, Dehra Dun, from October 5 to 10, according to Mr Johnson.



City shuttlers felicitated
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 5
Shuttlers of Ludhiana performed exceedingly well reaping haul of medals in the Punjab State Sub-Junior Badminton Tournament held from September 1 to 4 at Jalandhar.

These players were felicitated by the Ludhiana District Badminton Association at the Shastri Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium here today. Mr Gianinder Singh, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, office-bearers of the association and parents of the shuttlers were present on the occasion.

The city shuttlers who stole limelight in this tournament are: Raj Kumar who emerged champion in the boys’ singles (u-16). He beat his city mate Gurbaksh Singh in the final to clinch the title. Raj Kumar, paired with Gurbaksh Singh to outplay the pair of Anand Tiwari and Gurattanvir Singh of Ludhiana 21-14, 21-13 to bag the doubles title.

Another upcoming player, Steffi Kala, a student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, gave a stunning performance. In fact, she faced no challenge from her opponents. In the u-13 years category, Steffi beat Sachi of Sangrur 21-23, 21-5 and 21-14. Then Steffi, in association with Sachi defeated the duo of Ishu Dewan and Damanpreet Kaur of Sangrur to win the doubles title.

In the u-10 years section, local pair of Amit Bhasin and Surya Goel got the better of Ayush and Abhinav from Amritsar. The Ludhiana lads won the final verdict 21-15 and 21-17 to wear the doubles crown.


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