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Rs 9-cr grant for govt schools in district: Johar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 17
The Education Minister, Mr Harnam Das Johar, has said the privately managed schools of good repute have made excellent contribution in enhancing the quality of education in the state and to enable the students to capture their share in the enormous job opportunities created with the advancement of computer and IT based technology on global level.

This observation was made by Mr Johar after paying a visit to Sat Pal Mittal Public School today where he inquired about the latest teaching methods and techniques being adopted by the school.

He went around the classrooms where the students were being taught with the latest teaching aids and computers.

Referring to the steps taken by the state government to bring about qualitative improvement in the government schools, the Education Minister informed that computer education was being started in all schools of the state and so far more than 2878 government high and senior secondary schools had been covered under this programme.

Mr Johar informed that under the Sarv Sikhya Abhyan all schools had been be provided with adequate number of rooms and toilet blocks. He said grants worth Rs 9 crore had already been released to the government schools in Ludhiana district alone under the SSA for improvement in the facilities.

Out of these grants funds amounting to Rs 2.28 crore had been given for the construction of additional rooms for primary classes and of Rs 2.88 crore for the additional rooms for upper primary classes and a sum of Rs 3.15 crore had been spent on the construction of toilet blocks in 900 schools.

He said stress was being laid on providing quality education from the primary school level and a new scheme of nursery centres had been launched in 1700 primary schools in the state to provide training and play way facilities to children between three to five year age group.

Col B.D Sharma (retd), Director of the school, apprised the minister of the latest techniques and teaching aids being used in the school to ensure the excellent quality of education. 



Training course concludes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 17
A five-day training course on dyeing with natural dyes for home science staff posted at PAU’s Krishi Vigyan Kendras concluded here today. It was organised jointly by the Directorate of Extension Education and the Department of Clothing and Textiles of the College of Home Science.

The participants were disseminated knowledge and technologies related to the use of natural dyes which are eco-friendly and harmless to skin. The Head, Department of Clothing and Textiles, Dr Neelam Grewal, said the participants would further train rural women and craftpersons in the use of dyes.

The Home Science Dean, Dr Manjit Kaur Dhillon, who presided over the concluding function, said material dyed with natural dyes had a large market in developed countries and commercial potential in the context of eco-preservation. These dyes are used on different fabrics like “khaddar”, “daris”, cotton, garments, etc.

The participants were given training in dyeing cotton wool and silk with natural dyes like madder, tea, harad, ratanjot, turmeric, neem and arjun bark.



SDM’s guidelines for  I-Day function
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 17
The SDM, Malerkotla, Dr Indu, today directed officials of various departments to make arrangements for providing basic amenities to the participants during the rehearsal of the Independence Day function to be organised in Malerkotla. She urged the heads of educational and social institutes to take extra precaution for the safety of the students.

While addressing a meeting of officials from various government departments and heads of educational institutes of the subdivision here, Dr Indu said: “While preparing the draft plan of the function we should ensure that decorum of the national function is maintained. At the same time the safety of the students should not be compromised.”

She advised the heads of the educational institutes to prepare items of short duration with patriotic theme only. She said rehearsals would start on August 7 at the Malerkotla stadium.



PAU invites entries for contest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 17
The Dean, Postgraduate Studies, PAU, has invited applications from the students of master’s programme in all four colleges for Dr Sukhdev Singh Prize for Essay and Oration — 2006-07. The topic for the contest is “Resource conservation for sustainable agriculture”.

The Dean, Dr S.S. Chahal, said the winning entry would get a prize of Rs 9,000. The last date for the submission of essay is January 18.

The essay should be in about 5,000 words to 7,000 words, typed in double space on full scape paper, excluding tables and references. The entry must carry the reference material like books, journals, newspapers, etc.



From Colleges
GNIMT students shine in BBA, BCA
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, July 17
Students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, have shown excellent results in their final BBA and BCA Examinations conducted by the Punjab Technical University recently.

In BBA all students except one have got the first division. Chanpreet Kaur stood first in the college with 89.33per cent marks, Swati Mehta second with 85 per cent and Rachna Dhingra third with 84.16 per cent in the BBA exam.

In BCA, Munisha Arora stood first with 90.71 per cent marks, Preet Chawla second with 89.71 per cent and Sumeet Kalra third with 86.28 per cent.

Dr (Col) H.S. Singha, Director of the institute, congratulated the toppers, who have maintained excellent traditions of the institute.

Students of Guru Nank Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, at the akhand path in the college
Students of Guru Nank Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, at the akhand path in the college. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Session begins with ardas: The new academic session of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan campus, Model Town, commenced with a prayer to the Almighty for the success of the students in all the fields—academic, sports and cultural activities.

It was followed by kirtan and ardas by Hazuri Ragi Bhai Saahib Bhai Beant Singh Ji, Gurdwara Shaheedan.

Dr Manju Chawla, Principal of the college, welcomed the newcomers and congratulated the staff and students for excelling in the annual examinations. She advised the students to work hard keeping their aims and objectives in their minds.

Prof Gurbir Singh Sarna, general secretary of the college governing body, extended a vote of thanks to the guests present on this occasion.

Hailed: The local unit of the Punjab Chandigarh College Teachers Union has hailed the decision of the management of Doraha College to give DA merger to its staff.

A meeting of the unit held on Sunday thanked the college president, Mr Sher Singh Sekhon, and the Principal, Dr Balbir Singh, for accepting the demand of the staff.

Prof Kanwaljit Singh, who is a member of the central executive staff of the union, urged the government to implement the pension scheme also.


Shed superstition, get treatment for epilepsy: expert
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 17
“Around five million people are suffering from epilepsy in India and the economic burden due to the disease amounts to Rs 68.75 b ($ 1.7 b). It takes a heavy toll by way of loss of man hours, which stand at 88.2 per cent of the GNP per capita and 0.5 per cent of the GNP. Similarly, the treatment gap (the percentage of those victims receiving no or inadequate treatment) was more than 70 per cent in the rural areas.”

These observations were made by Dr Rupinder Singh Bhatia, consultant neurologist, SPS Apollo Hospitals, here while addressing a workshop on “Epilepsy and EEG in Clinical Practice” at Moga yesterday. Many leading doctors from the region attended the workshop.

Dr Sandeep Garg, secretary, Indian Medical Association, organised the programme and Dr Thapar, a senior professional, chaired the session.

Stressing the use of latest techniques in the diagnosis of epilepsy, Dr Bhatia maintained that the disease affected more people than cerebral palsy, cancer, tuberculosis, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis combined.

“Epilepsy can occur at any time in life and for many people the cause is unknown.In epilepsy, some brain cells discharge when they are not supposed to. But the important question is why this happens.”

In a study it was found that the leading cause of epilepsy among adults was automobile accidents (head injury) whereas children suffered from it mostly due to birth trauma. The major cause for those over 65 years of age was stroke.

For better management of epileptic, Dr Bhatia advised not to put water or other liquid in the mouth, as the patient could aspirate in lungs.

In a majority of cases, the attack lasted 1-2 minutes, after which the patient regained consciousness. When the seizure was over, the person needed rest. However, if the seizure lasted more than 10 minutes, it was advisable to take him to the doctor.

He urged the victims and their family members to shed superstition and seek proper treatment for the neurological disease.

“The patients ought to realise that medicinal treatment for epilepsy is very cheap. It is a wrong belief that one needs to take drugs for a number of years. In most cases, the course of treatment is as short as three months. Only in severe cases, the drug therapy takes longer period. Further, it is also a wrong notion that epileptic children cannot marry or bear children.”

Lack of awareness and superstition related with the disease doubled the suffering of epileptics, Dr Bhatia added.



DMCH expands ambulance service
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 17
To further improve its commitment to saving as many lives as possible by ensuring immediate medical aid to road accident victims, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here, recently added state-of-the art ambulance services and extended its reach throughout Punjab.

Dr Jasdeep Singh, in charge of the Casualty Services at DMCH, said the hospital had added a fully equipped and conditioned ambulance to its existing fleet. The ambulance service is available throughout the state and adjoining areas.

The new ambulance is installed with latest life support equipment and trained staff would accompany the patient right from the moment of pick-up. The ambulance service could be called for lifting the patient from any city in Punjab or at the site of the road accident. The treatment of such patients could be started by trained medical and para-medical staff, both at the site of the accident and during the journey to the hospital.

“In emergency medicine, the so-called golden hour is the first 60 minutes after an accident or the onset of acute illness. Most of the lives can be saved if the treatment is started within this period. Western countries excel in their management in treating road traffic accidents only because the paramedical and medical help reaches them within this golden hour,” observed Dr Singh.

The services can be called anytime during and the helpline numbers for assistance and ambulance are 98155-55100, 0161-2304249.



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