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City girl tops MA II exam
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 21
Sapna Puri, MA II (fine arts) student of the Government College for Women here, has topped in Panjab University, Chandigarh, by scoring 706 marks out of 800. She wants to become an artist.

Industrial visit

The Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Doraha, organised an industrial visit to Yerik International, a 100 per cent export house, for the students of MBA classes, according to Dr R.S.Gupta, Director, DIMT.

The purpose of the visit was to make students aware of the processes of manufacturing and the export procedure. The export house is manufacturing and exporting different parts of tractors and trucks.

Mr Yash Pal Trehan, vice-president (technical), and Mr Ranbir Singh, production manager, explained various manufacturing processes to the students.

Mr M.K. Chopra, managing director, Yerik International, interacted with the students. He emphasised the need to develop managerial and professional skills. He assured to absorb some students in the company.

NBA Accreditation

The GGN Khalsa College of Pharmacy, a city college established in 1984, happens to be the first diploma pharmacy college to be accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) in Punjab.

The NBA, a statutory body, certifies technical institutions on the basis of organisation and governance, financial resources, physical resources, human resources, teaching-learning and other supplementary processes.

The Director Principal, Mr Kuldeep Singh, attributed the accreditation to the joint efforts and commitment of Dr S.P. Singh, president of the Khalsa Education Council, members of the governing body and the staff.

Talent hunt

Trustees and management committee members of the GHGH College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, look at the products prepared by the students at an exhibition on the college premises
Trustees and management committee members of the GHGH College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, look at the products prepared by the students at an exhibition on the college premises on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

A talent hunt programme was held here on Tuesday for the students of the GHGH College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd.

The programme aimed at searching talent in the field of dramatics. Students performed well in singing, dancing, skits and declamation contest.

Principal Dr Kanwaljit Kaur addressed the students.

Meanwhile, a 10-day workshop on art and painting also concluded on college premises on Tuesday.

Ms Kanchan demonstrated tie and dye, candle making, glass painting, canvas embossing and fabric painting to the students. The exhibition was inaugurated by the president of the management committee, Mr Dalbara Singh, and other trustees.



Heavy bags students’ bane
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, September 21
“No more heavy bags!” is a common refrain. Almost all educationists, teachers, parents, psychologists are of the opinion that heavy bags should be done away with.

Many school Principals, including that of Guru Nanak Public School, BCM Arya Model School, DAV Public School, have told Ludhiana Tribune that they have done away with bags for primary classes and instead started keeping books in the schools. Children are given books to carry home only on the weekends.

But not many schools have adopted this practice and small kids carrying heavy bags is a common sight. Ms P. Singh, a retired school teacher says, “The main reason is that hundreds of private schools have mushroomed on public school pattern. These schools are not affiliated with any education board. But even the lower middle-class parents shell out huge money to send their child to such private schools as the government schools have lost their credibility. Such schools to justify the high fee ask the students to buy a large number of books. Obviously the bags are going to be heavy. The parents also feel happy that their child is working hard.”

Another teacher, Ms Kumud Sharma, says, “Heavy bags are also due to carelessness of teachers. They do not specify which book or copy students have to bring. At times, parents also do not help the child pack the bag according to the time table.”

“To lighten the bags of our children, the education board has to work in tandem with the school authorities and keep a strict watch on the mushrooming of unregistered schools. These schools have made education a business,” says Mr Chander Prakash, a parent. 



Teachers flay govt for delaying appointments
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 21
Mr Charan Singh Sarabha, general secretary, Government School Teachers Union, Punjab, and state committee member of the Anti-Privatisation Adhyapak Morcha, in a press statement has flayed the state government for delaying regular appointments of teachers against 40,000 vacant posts of different categories in government schools.

By doing so the government is carrying on the policy of privatising the education sector indirectly which is in violation of the Constitution, he alleged, adding that there is no rationale in making appointments on contract basis as the Department of Education is not a time specific project. Moreover, it will affect the status and service conditions of the teachers, he added.

He said even the Supreme Court had ruled in 1960 that the conditions of the contract work were akin to slave labour. In a recent judgement, the Madras High Court had directed the state government to support teachers' appointments on regular basis.

Mr Sarabha said as part of agitation as per the decisions of the Adhyapak Morcha, protest marches would be held throughout the state during October, adding that the teachers would join protest rallies and demonstrations in support of the calls made by the central trade unions against the policies of the Central Government.

For further deliberations a meeting of the Adhyapak Morcha would be held in Jalandhar on September 24, he added.

In a separate press statement, the Primary Elementary Sikhya Bachao Front has criticised Mr Harnam Dass Johar for delaying recruitment of teachers. Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, Mr Karanraj Singh and Mr Shamsher Singh, convenor of the Front, however, said Mr Johar had promised to recruit teachers on regular basis while Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wanted the teachers to be hired on contract basis.



Workshop on curriculum development
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 21
The College of Home Science (CHS), Punjab Agricultural University, organised a one-day workshop on curriculum development to recommend curricular changes in its B.Sc. (Hons) Home Science four year programme.

Under the chairmanship of Dr Darshan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, PAU, a brain-storming session was held which was attended by the representatives from stake holders of knitwear industries, textile technologists, fashion designers, interior designers, architects, event managers, dieticians and diet counselors, entrepreneurs, educationists and counselors.

Emphasising on the required changes in the curriculum, Dr Darshan Singh said job-oriented courses could attract students in their respective fields. Dr Singh said the Department of Clothing and Textiles should have more closeness to hosiery and textile industries. By developing an association with the industries, the Department of Food and Nutrition and Department of Family Resource Management could chalk out the syllabus according to the needs, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Charanjit Singh of the Knitwear Club suggested that in clothing and textiles, courses on fashion designing, illustrations and introductory textile science should be introduced along with setting up of a resource centre. He said the home science students were well versed in their fields, but lacked experiences.

Dr S.S. Gill, Director of Extension Education, PAU, suggested that necessary changes should also be made according to the needs of the rural people.

Dr A.P.S. Maan, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, said they should develop such technologies so that the rural women could make a significant contribution in the field of rural development.

Dr M.K. Dhillon, Dean, CHS, while proposing vote of thanks said they should educate the students in such a way that they could compete at any level in the modern age.

Dr (Ms) Sukhwant Kaur Mann, former Dean, CHS, Dr Veena Murghai, a retired professor, also spoke on the occasion. Besides, the staff members of the CHS, Dr G.S. Chahal, Dean, College of Agriculture, Dr S.S. Chahal, Controller of Examination, and Dr Jaswinder Kaur Sangha, Research Coordinator, CHS, were also present.



DMCH doctor to deliver lecture in Delhi
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 21
Dr Alka Dogra, Professor and Head of the Department of Skin and VD at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, here has been invited as a faculty (life member) and delegate to deliver a talk on the role of pulse therapy in treatment of steroid responsive immunological disorders by the Pemphigus and Pulse Therapy Foundation at a meeting of renowned dermatologists in New Delhi.

According to Dr Dogra, the foundation was a prestigious collaboration of prominent dermatologists of India and had been working for the past many years for the welfare of patients suffering from various immunological disorders like pemphigus, lichen planus and alopecia areata.



Story-telling contest held
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 21
A story-telling competition was held in the primary wing of Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School here today.

Students from pre-nursery to class -V took part in the competition and told stories on various themes.

Tiny tots spellbound the audience with their performances. Ms Banerjee and Ms Rachna were in the panel of judges. Ms Balwinder, primary in charge, had arranged the competition.

While addressing the students, Principal Sadhana Sharma appreciated the performance of the students and said such activities cultivate confidence, intellect and creativity among the students. President Rajesh Kashyap, Manager C.L. Sachdeva and vice-president Harish Sachdeva congratulated the winners and distributed prizes and merit certificates among them.


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