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PAU spells out priorities
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 29
The Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, has said that the impact of research in agriculture and allied fields and transfer of technologies from lab to land on Punjab’s economy was great.

He said increased productivity and enhanced incomes of farmers had become possible because of initiatives by PAU, which had evolved over 500 crop, fruit and vegetable varieties and hybrids. While these varieties had struck roots across the country, techniques and technologies developed by scientists had reduced the drudgery of farming families.

Dr Aulakh said without resting on the oars of its achievements. PAU had re-prioritised teaching, research and extension education programmes, making them compatible with the changing global agriculture markets and the WTO.

In a brief to the Chancellor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), Dr Aulakh has pointed out that the PAU wheat variety PBW-343 was now sown on 2.9 million hectares in the state and had given farmers additional financial benefits to the tune of Rs 890 crore a year. Similarly, zero tillage adopted over three lakh hectares had helped farmers save Rs 2,500 per hectare or effect an annual net saving of Rs 75 crore in the state.

He said the PAU research on mushroom and the bee had found ready acceptance throughout the country. Honey bee colonies had ushered in “amber revolution” in Punjab, where honey production was 4,500 tonnes or say 26 per cent of the country’s production. Likewise, mushrooms with a production of 17,000 tonnes pegged Punjab’s share in the country’s production at 28 per cent.

Dr Aulakh has stated in his brief to the Governor that based on “introspection, feedback from farmers and having identified problems of agriculture”, PAU was now working on emerging challenges and developing “low cost” diversified cropping systems, integrated nutrient management and weed management techniques. Establishment of biotechnology labs and empowerment of women was also on the PAU agenda. Deteriorating soil health and depleting underground water was yet another area of concern, besides unsustainability of wheat-rice rotation.

He said despite financial squeeze, PAU had not allowed itself to deviate from its mandate to bring about socio-economic transformation, help people lead “quality life” and better “living standards”. Its target was small farmers, who formed the backbone of agricultural economy in the state. To meet the food security and nutrition requirements of the country, PAU was working for public-private partnership. It had research linkages with 16 international institutions and several national research establishments.

PAU was aware that buffer stocks touched a low of 14 million to 15 million tonnes in 2004 from a high of 64 million tonnes in 2000-01. Therefore, its focus was on raising crop production and productivity, given the fact that famine-like situation had developed in the country in 1986-87 and again in 2003-04.

PAU had improved its housekeeping, reduced unproductive expenditure, generated incomes from its own sources and assimilated and eliminated departments in the five constituent colleges for better networking and making use of available equipment to take on emerging problems.



Students display talent in exhibition
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 29
Students of Alpine International Senior Secondary School showcased their talent in the school’s annual exhibition, “Prayadarshni-2005”, here today.
Charts, working and non-working models of science, mathematics, physical education, computers, social sciences, commerce, etc. were on display at the exhibition.

Dr D.J. Singh, Director Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, who was the chief guest, was all praise for the students.

Tiny tots presented a beautiful story and recited poems. The young artistes also presented different dramas.

The commerce department displayed models of the school, shopping malls, showrooms, etc.

Mathematical games drew a lot of viewer attention.

Models of biogas plant, Newton’s disc, water purification plant, etc. by the science department also received accolade.

Also, working models of windmill, waterwheel, human heart and human lungs were on display. Presentations of AIDS and ECG were given on computer.

The social science department recreated the Mughal empire from 1526-1858 AD in the form of a model.

The physical education department showcased its creativity by depicting tracks and models of football ground, basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts, etc.

The colourful Punjabi culture was put on display by the Punjabi department. Marriage ceremonies were the highlight of this section.



Placement week held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 29
A placement week was organised at the RIMT Institute of Management and Computer Technology for the fifth semester MCA students recently. Giving this information, Director of the institute B.S. Bhatia said many IT companies of the region evinced interest in holding placement camps at the institute.

Dr Bhatia said in all 43 students had been picked up by various companies and were offered stipends ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,500.

The companies which attended the week included Persistent Pune, Sebiz, Mobera Systems, Smartdata Enterprises, Net Solutions, Seasia Consulting, Safaltek, Innova Solutions and Grsoftech Technologies.

He said with this drive the institute had achieved 100 per cent placement target in the MCA course.

Mr Hukam Chand Bansal, chairman, RIMT Group of Institutes, congratulated the students and the faculty on a successful completion of the “placement week”.



Tripti wins salad-making contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 29
A salad-making competition was held at New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, here today.
Mr Sunil Maria, president, school managing committee, lit the holy lamp to inaugurate the contest.

As many as 125 students from different classes took part in the competition. Ms Ritu Sudhakar, senior dietician, DMCH, and members of the Rotary Club, Sarabha Nagar, delivered lectures. In the group category, two sub-groups were formed. One group consisted of Class VII and VIII while the second group had Class IX to XII. The students had brought the raw material of their own.

Navpreet was the project director and Ms Sonia, Ms Vandana and Simta formed the panel of judges. Ms Cheema, Ms Savita, Ms Shelly and Ms Ghosh acted as coordinators.

The results were as under:-

Individual category: Tripta Jain 1, Rabia Jindal 2; Dolly Nanda 3; Tarundeep Kaur and Ramandeep Khaira got consolation prizes. Group category: Class VII to VIII) Amandeep Singh and Deepak Gupta I; Megha and Sakshi Kapoor 2; and Carima Jain and Kriti 3; Priya , Ankita, Avneet Kaur and Sukhpreet Kaur got consolation prizes.

Group category Class IX to XII): Gurleen and Anumeet 1; Sundaram Sharma and Arpit Paul 2; Preeti and Ronica 3; Ramandeep Kaur, Anchal, Gagandeep Singh and Munish got consolation prizes. All students were given certificates and trophies.



NCC Day celebrated
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 29
NCC cadets from Khalsa Senior Secondary School under 3 Punjab Girls Bn NCC celebrated NCC Day with fervor here today. An impressive parade was held followed by tree plantation jointly by the Principal, Ms Kamaljit Kaur, ANO, Ms Amarjit Kaur and the cadets of the School.

Some of these junior wing cadets had also recently participated in rock climbing training camp at Gwalior and they shared their experience with the other cadets. The Principal of the school Ms Kamaljit Kaur, said indeed NCC had gone a long way in creating self-confidence amongst the children.

NCC is celebrating 57th NCC day and encompasses various activities with an aim of ‘Grooming Tomorrow’s Leaders’. Messages from the President of India, Prime Minister of India, Defense Minister, DG NCC have been received and being read out to mark NCC day celebrations across the country. Other institutions of 3 Punjab girls Bn NCC had also celebrated NCC day in a big way.

Seminar: Seminar on the Art of Parenting was organised at Baba Isher Singh Senior Secondary Public School here today. Dr B.K. Mishra (Psychiatrist) from C.M.C. Ludhiana gave a lecture on the topics the ways to improve behaviour of the child, Discipline and corporal punishment, reasoning with children ( Do - As- I- Do), support teachers regarding home work, television - bane or boon, how to encourage a new desired behaviour and staying calm.

Dr Mishra also discussed about the approach to parenting . He explained the parents about responding to child in an appropriate manner, monitoring the child’s contact with his or her surrounding world and modeling ones own behaviour to provide a consistent about example for the child.

He also asked parents about their problems with the children. Parents discussed the problems like watching TV, forgetting, misbehavior, disobedience etc.

The school principal, Ms. Aneeta Kundra, also shared her views regarding the problems of the childrens with Dr Mishra and parents. She also thanked the parents for visiting the school and attending the seminar. 



From Schools and Colleges
School conducts Physics Olympiad
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, November 29
BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road, has been in the forefront in promoting academic excellence. This time, it conducted a Physics Olympiad on the premises here today in collaboration with IndusInd Bank. Around 1,000 students from USPC Jain School, Ryan International School and BCM School participated.

Another motive behind conducting this test was to inculcate saving habit among students. All the students were seen very enthusiastic about the test. The results of the test shall be declared shortly and winners will be awarded a scholarship of Rs 10,000 each for a period of one year.

Seminar on AIDS: The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology, in collaboration with the Lions Club International, organised a seminar on AIDS Awareness and its prevention. Dr Y.S. Walia, Coordinator, AIDS Awareness Programme, Distt 321F, was the keynote speaker.

The chairman, Mr Vijay Kumar Gupta and the Principal, Dr J.S. Sohal, also spoke on the occasion.

Exhibition by teachers: Government schoolteachers from different schools in Ludhiana put up an excellent show of various teaching aids on different topics and themes during the teachers training programme organised at Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar Chowk, here today.

The officiating Principal, Ms Sarabjeet Kaur, presided over the programme and appreciated the efforts of the teachers. She advised the teachers to implement teaching aids in school while imparting education. The training programme coordinator-cum-lecturer, Mr Davinder Singh Chhina, said teachers prepared chart models, working models and other innovative teaching aids.

Annual day: DRV DAV Public School, Phillaur, celebrated its annual day by organising a function here today. On the occasion, a new block of the school was inaugurated.

Mr S.K. Malhotra, chairman of the school, was the chief guest. He inaugurated the newly built Mahatma Hans Raj Block. Ms Suman Sharma, Principal, read out the annual report of the school.

She also released a news letter on the occasion. A colourful cultural show was the main attraction of the day in which students presented various items.

The chief guest gave away prizes to students who showed academic excellence. The “Trophy of Proud Parents” was also given to the parents of first 10 position holders.

Ms P.P. Sharma, Principal of HMV College, Jalandhar, presented a vote of thanks. 



Bar association’s poll process begins today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana November 29
The official process of electing the new team of the District Bar Association, Ludhiana, will start with the appointment of returning officer (RO) and assistant returning officer (ARO) tomorrow. The elections are scheduled to be held on December 20.

The association has called a general house meeting at 12 noon tomorrow. The process of appointment of the RO and the ARO is likely to be peaceful in comparison to last year’s elections.

However, several aspiring contestants have already started campaigning. For the post of the President, Mr Naval Kishore Chibber, Mr K.K. Bagai and Mr Vijay B. Verma have started campaigning.

For the post of secretary, the names of Mr Rajneesh Gupta, Mr Harpreet Singh Makkar, Mr Sanjeev Malhotra and Mr Arun Khurmi are doing the rounds. Mr Sunil Dutt, Mr Baldev Singh Arora and Mr Rajesh Bali are aspiring candidates for the post of the Vice-President.



Senior citizens get tips on healthy living
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 29
A guest lecture was organised at Rose Garden by the Nehru Rose Garden Senior Citizen Association here last evening, where Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital delivered a talk on ‘How to maintain good health in old age’.

Dr Daljit Singh explained the true concept and WHO definition of health. He said health was not merely the absence of disease but physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being of an individual. These parameters, especially physical components, needed to be assessed on the basis of age.

He also explained the concept of ‘felt age’ which indicated the perceived age of a person, signifying that a man was as old he thought he was. It was, therefore, possible to improve the self-perception by consciously negating the psychological barrier of knowing one’s chronological age.

He emphasised that methods of maintaining good health with regular prayers, social service, extensive reading, meditation and positive attribute were as important as daily brisk walk, exercise and avoidance of tobacco and alcohol, especially in older age.

Dr Daljit Singh recommended that yearly general physical check-up was very important for senior citizens. He circulated a ‘health aelf-assesment’ performa which could be easily filled by senior citizens to evaluate their own health.

Free blood sugar estimation was done at the occasion. Measurements of weight and waist-hip ratio were also performed. It was pointed out that waist below 40 inches and waist-hip ratio less than 0.85 was desirable for physical fitness.

The working president of the association, Mr V.P. Khare expressed his gratitude to Dr Daljit Singh for disseminating such useful information for leading a healthy and positive life.



US academy accepts papers of local doc
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 29
The scientific committee of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has accepted three scientific papers of Dr Harpreet S. Gill, consultant, Department of Orthopaedics, SPS Apollo Hospital, here.

Dr Gill will present the papers at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Chicago, Illinois (USA), from March 22 to 26, 2006.

The global meet attracts surgeons from around the world and provides a common platform for discussion on bone and joint problems.

Two of Dr Gill’s papers are on shoulder conditions — one for diagnosing biceps tendon tears and the other on shoulder joint replacement. The third paper deals with a skin traction device for closure of wounds.

He has also has been invited to give a guest lecture at the Golden Jubilee Conference of the Indian Orthopaedic Association-2005 to be held in Mumbai from December 25 to 30.



Rajvinder fastest runner
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 29
Rajvinder Kaur of Patiala emerged fastest runner among girls (u-19 years) winning 100 m sprint on the penultimate day of the 51st Punjab State Schools Inter-District Athletics Meet being held at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. Sukhmanpreet Kaur from Sangrur finished runner up while the third spot was bagged by local eve, Gurleen Kaur.

In the girls (u-17 years), Harpal Kaur from Sangrur romped home victorious in the 100 m race while Rajwinder Kaur of Muktsar and Rajinder Kaur of Kapurthala finished second and third, respectively.

Other results: Girls (19 years)- 400 m- Mandeep Kaur of Hoshiarpur 1, Harvinder Kaur of Nawanshahr 2 and Rajdeep Kaur of Jalandhar 3; 1500 m- Manpreet Kaur of Amritsar 1, Ranbir Kaur of Gurdaspur 2 and Amandeep Kaur of Bathinda 3; javelin throw- Rupinder Kaur of Amritsar 1, Gurpreet Kaur of Patiala 2 and Seema Rani of Amritsar 3; (u-17 years)- javelin throw- Ramanjot Kaur of Fatehgarh Sahib 1, Chanpreet kaur of Amritsar 2 and Jagjit Kaur of Amritsar 3; (u-14 years)- 100 m- Supreet Kaur of Muktsar 1, Kulvinder Kaur of Sangrur 2 and Rajinder Kaur of Kapurthala 3.

Boys (u-19 years)- 400 m- Navjeet Singh of Jalandhar 1, Gurpreet Singh of Jalandhar 2 and Lakhvinder Singh of Sangrur 3; triple jump- Ranbir Singh of Sangrur 1, Baldeep Singh of Gurdaspur 2 and Parminderjit Singh of Jalandhar 3; (u-17 years)- triple jump- Navjot Singh of Sangrur 1, Parvinder Singh of Ropar 2 and Agyapal Singh of Amritsar 3; 1500 m- Gurjit Singh of Jalandhar 1, Ravidep Singh of Fatehgarh Sahib 2 and Gurpreet Singh of Jalandhar 3; high jump- Sukhvinder Singh of Amritsar 1, Vishawjit Singh of Jalandhar 2 and Sukhdev Singh of Mansa 3; 100 m- Maninder Singh of Patiala 1, Parveen Kumar of Jalandhar 2 and Rajinder Kumar 3; hammer throw- Jeewan Singh of Dangrur 1, Munish Sharma of Jalandhar 2 and Gurhohar Singh of Gurdaspur 3; (u-17 years)- 100 m- Rampal Singh of Bathinda 1, Gurdev Singh of Bathinda 2 and Amrinder Singh of Jalandhar 3; hammer throw- Daljeet Singh of Amritsar 1, Balvinder Singh of Amritsar 2 and Ranjit Singh of Gurdaspur 3; high jump- Sewak Singh of Ludhiana 1, Paramjit Singh of Ludhiana 2 and Kulwant Singh of Ropar 3; (u-14 years)- 100 m- Jagmohan Singh of Gurdaspur 1, Harjinder Singh of Gurdaspur 2 and Harpreet Singh of Ludhiana 3.



Spring Dale School sails into hockey final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 29
On the penultimate day of the CBSE Schools National Hockey Tournament being held here at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, Spring Dale School, Amritsar, registered a convincing 4-0 win over the Father Angel School, Noida, to secure a berth in the final in the boys’ u-14 category.

In another keenly contested match, Netajit Model School, Ropar, overcame a stiff resistence from their opponents, hosts Guru Nanak Public School, Ludhiana, before emerging winners 3-2.

Ropar lads had established a 3-0 lead at the breather. In the second session, local lads fought back vailiantly and managed to reduce the margin, but lost the final verdict with narrow margin.

In the girls’ (u-14), St Anthony School, Rampur, defeated The White Eagles School, Devpur (Gujarat), to bag the title while the third palce went to MDN School, Rohtak.

In the semifinals (boys’ u-19), JKG School, Ghaziabad, thrashed Sharda Vidya Mandir School, Jaipur, 6-1 while Ganga International School, Delhi, beat Moti Lal Nehru School, Rai, 5-2 to set up the title clash.

In the girls’ section (u-19), Maharaja Agarsain School, Delhi, overwhelmed White Eagles School, Devpur (Gujarat) 9-0 and Blooming Dales, Hisar, drubbed Vivekanand Memorial Public School, Rai Singh Nagar, Rajasthan, 9-1 to settle for the final match.


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