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UGC NET forms: Sanjivani, an NGO engaged in promotion of education in Chandigarh, and the Aryans Educational and Charitable Trust have joined hands to distribute UGC NET application forms free of cost. Now, the application forms will also be available at the Sanjivani office at SCO 51, 2nd floor, Sector 20-C, Chandigarh. This was stated by Mr Desh Raj (Sanjivani) and Prof D.C. Kataria (Aryans Educational and Charitable Trust) in a joint press statement. 

New Course: The Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes (SVGOI), Chandigarh, has started BSc (Mass Communication) course at Sector 20-C here. The course is affiliated with Punjab Technical University (PTU) Jalandhar. Mr Manmohan Garg, CEO of the group, said the group had set up print and electronic media labs. 

LAST DATE EXTENDED: The date of admission for BA/BCom (Part I, II & III), MA (English, Hindi, Punjabi, political science, history, economics, public administration & sociology) Part I &II, PGDCA, PG Diploma in Health, Family Welfare and Population Education, PG Diploma in Mass Communication, Diploma in Statistics & Information Science, MCom (I&II), MFC, MEd, certificate course in Vivekananda Studies without late fee has been extended from September 30 to October 18. Prospectus are available on cash payment of Rs 200 and Rs 260, if ordered through registered post.

COUNSELLING: The counselling for admission to BEd course through the Colleges of Education affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh; Punjabi University and Guru Nanak Dev University, for the session 2005-2006 on the basis of entrance test conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh, will be held on October 1 and 2 in the university auditorium. The duplicate admit cards and result cards, if needed, will be issued on above mentioned dates from 9 am to 4 pm. 

Blood donation camp: The ESIC Model Hospital, Industrial Area, Phase II, Ram Darbar, Chandigarh, is organising a voluntary blood donation camp on October 3 at 10 am. The three-and-a-half-hour camp is being organised to mark the third anniversary of the hospital. 

DEAN TAKES OVER: Prof Veer Singh, Department of Laws, Panjab University, took over as Dean University Instruction for one year on Friday. He was on leave from the university and was with the Army Law Institute, Mohali, where he was the Director-General. 

PRIZE DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION: Government Model High School, Sector 36, organised a cultural programme at the Tagore Theatre, Sector 18. The DPI (Schools), Mr D.S. Mangat, was the chief guest at the annual prize distribution function of the school. Tiny toys of the school presented a nursery rhyme. A Hindi play, Andher Nagri, Chaupat Raja, and an English play, Mothersí Day, were also presented. Around 200 students were given prizes for excelling in sports, cultural and educational activities.

TOUR: The Society for Social Health (SOFOSH) organised an educational-cum-recreational tour by HopíníHop Off bus of CITCO for members of the Saheli Angan ó a project run by SOFOSH in collaboration with the Central Social Welfare, New Delhi. Ms Raminder Buttar, Deputy Director, Rural Development and Panchayats, Punjab, flagged off the tour. Around 65 girls of Palsora Colony, mostly dropouts, participated in the tour. 

Gurmat Samagam: A gurmat samagam was organised to mark the 401st Parkash Utsav celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib here at the Ramgarhia Bhavan, Sector 27. Bhai Ishar Singh (Hyderabad wale) enthralled the audience with shabad kirtan. A siropa was also presented to Bhai Isher Singh by Mr Baldev Singh, president, and Mr Amrik Singh Virdi, chairman of the Religious Committee. 

MEDITATION CAMP: Meditation is simple but not easy as it requires discipline and tremendous effort. This was observed by Swami Vishvas at the Vishvas Meditation course being held at Himachal Bhavan, Sector 28. He said it was awareness that helped enjoy the feelings of joy, peace, love and bliss. In the course, devotees and sadhakas had come from every nook and corner of northern India. He elaborated on the process of Vishvas meditation. 

APPEAL TO DONATE BLOOD: The State Blood Transfusion Council has appealed to the residents of the city to donate blood voluntarily so as to save precious lives. In order to provide impetus to the ongoing voluntary blood donation movement, October 1 is observed as the National Voluntarily Blood Donation Day every year. 

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

KANGRA
Gherao warning
: The Himachal Pradesh Non-Gazetted Employees Mahasangh on Thursday threatened to gherao officers of the PWD and IPH Department, for not disbursing the General Provident Fund due to the employees in the past few months.

Strike: Work in the various offices of the insurance companies, post offices and banks in the district was adversely effected on Thursday following the nationwide strike call given by the trade unions against the Central Government's liberalization policies. 

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