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Teachers demand pay on a par with private colleges
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, September 13
A number of Punjab Commerce and Management Association (PCMA) members have strongly demanded incentive-based pay package for college and university teachers. They feel that in the wake of private universities and institutions offering handsome pay packages to even newly recruited teachers, it would be very difficult for the government to retain good teachers.

The members were of the view that the Ministry of HRD should direct the University Grants Commission (UGC) to constitute a pay panel to review their pay scales in view of the changed scenario.

Dr Prem Kumar, President of PCMA, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune said pay scales of college and university teachers should include incentive plans which promote quality teaching and research & development.

Prof Ashwani Bhalla, a senior lecturer of SCD govt college, here said the previous government had betrayed the college and university teachers by not accepting all the recommendations of the Rastogi Committee. He said the teaching community had a strong belief that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh who was himself a teacher will look into the matter so that teachers in India get their due.

It may be mentioned that the government was offering three pay-slabs— Rs 8000-Rs10,500, Rs 10,000-Rs 13,500 and Rs 12,000- Rs 14,400 to its college teachers.

Asked about job security in private institutes, Prof Bhalla said,"A competent person need not be scared. Private colleges can not afford to lose good teachers at any cost."

He said many teachers had left jobs in good universities like Punjabi University, Guru Nanak Dev University etc as they were being offered anything upto Rs 40,000 by upcoming colleges and universities.

Professor Bhalla also stressed that the government should give more priority to higher education and encourage young educationists to join the teaching profession. He said quality teaching can be ensured when people join the teaching profession as their first option which is possible only when attractive pay scales are offered.

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Teachers attend seminar
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 13
Hundreds of primary and upper primary teachers from Sangrur and Ludhiana districts have vowed to commit themselves to the Preparation for Learning Enhancement in Punjab (PLEP) at the elementary level, a programme launched by the Education Department under the aegis of Sarav Sikhya Abhiyan.

The teachers took the pledge during 10-day interaction seminars at various schools in the town and adjoining villages.

Camps held as part of the seminar programme at Government Senior Secondary School, Dehlon; MGMN Senior Secondary School; Guru Nanak Kanya Mahavidyalya; Government Senior Secondary School, Pakhowal; and MGMN Senior Secondary School.

Mr Ashok Bhalla, Principal, In-service Training Centre, Sangrur, and Mr Jawahar Lal, supervisor of the project, said: “It was during the camp that hundreds of teachers undertook study of various modules of primary teaching and vowed to strive hard for the multidimensional improvement in teaching process.”

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From Colleges
Navneet crowned Ms Fresher
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 13
A freshers’ party was organised by the old students of the hostel of Government College for Women. The participants looked confident, happy and witty on the occasion. They wore traditional as well as western outfits to express themselves in the best manner. Ms Prabhjot Kaur, Principal of the college, was the chief guest. Members of the hostel committee Ms Balbir Bajaj and Ms Kiranjit Brar were also present.

The function started with choreography by students of B. Sc II followed by a solo dance performance by Shelly. The next item was a comedy sequence. The programme continued with items like Indo-Western bhangra, modern giddha, songs and marasna da giddha. All performances were compered by Ms Kirandeep Kaur Oberoi.

A Ms Fresher contest was also organised, which was the highlight of the function. Dressed in elegant costumes, 29 participants sashayed down the stage in a convincing style. The audience had some interesting moments during the question-answer round. Ms Navneet was crowned Ms Fresher with Ms Amandeep and Ms Harshdeep being the first and second runners-up, respectively. Harshdeep again was adjudged Ms Crowning Glory while Ms Amandeep won the title of Ms Beautiful Smile. Ms Best Costume was won by Ms Navneet.

The function was followed by a vote of thanks by first year students to their seniors. Speaking on the occasion, the Principal of the college congratulated the students for organizing the function.

Rendezvous 2006

Senior students of BBA, BCA, MBA and MCA of GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised Rendezvous-2006, a cultural and musical evening, to accord a warm welcome to the freshers here yesterday.

Mr Kuldip Singh, Director of the institute, welcomed the guests. He said, “Students are the pillars of the institute and they must work hard to bring laurels to it”. The party kicked off on an enthusiastic note with a solo dance performance by Atul of MBA-I. Amandeep Malhi (MBA-I), Varinder Singh Gill (BBA-V), Chatter Singh (BBA-I) and Tarundeep (MCA-III) impressed the audience with their melodious voice in the solo song event.

The girls of MCA-I gave a group dance performance. The bhangra presented by BCA-I was a visual delight for all and it got a thunderous response from spectators for exhibiting the heritage of Punjab.

The freshers were asked to showcase their talent in personality and fashion radiance. On the basis of their performance Jaspreet of BBA-I and Pradeep Kaur of BCA-I were selected Mr and Ms fresher, respectively, under the undergraduate category. Chandan of MBA-I won the title of Mr fresher while Gurleen of MCA was adjudged Ms fresher under the postgraduate category. The title Mr personality was given to Abhiwandan of BBA-I, Geetanjali of MBA-I was declared Miss well dressed.

Talent hunt

A colourful talent hunt show was organised by Kamla Lohtia SD College here yesterday. The students exhibited their talent in song, dance, skit, drama and debate. The students also expressed their views on topics such as dowry system, child labour etc.

The college Principal, Dr Vijay Asdhir, said such activities were necessary along with studies. The in charge of co-curricular activities, Prof Dinesh Malik, said the function was organised to welcome the freshers and give students a chance to explore their artistic and organisational skills. Scholarships and cash prizes were also given to meritorious students on the occasion.

Visit to Sportking

The Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Doraha, organised a visit to Sobhagya Sportking for the 60 MBA students under the guidance of Mr V.J. Rai and Ms Chandanpreet. The visit was undertaken with the purpose to make the students familiar with various garment manufacturing processes and the latest trends of the fashion world, said Dr R.K. Lekhi, in a press note today.

The students saw various manufacturing units equipped with ultra modern machines from France, Germany, Italy and Australia. They were also given an opportunity to interact with supervisors of sections of garment, printing, computerised embroidery, fussing, finishing and packaging. The students were thrilled to watch latest dresses being manufactured for domestic and international markets.

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Doraha college forms Punjabi Sahit Sabha
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 13
To create and polish the literary talent among the students, the Punjabi Sahit Sabha was today constituted at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha.

Rampal Singh of MA (Part -II) Punjabi was nominated president, Rupinder Kaur general secretary, Tejinder Singh senior vice-president, Gurminderjit Kaur and Sandeep Kaur finance secretaries, Arwinder Singh and Rajinder Singh as vice-presidents and Inderjit Kaur and Prabhjot Kaur as secretaries.

A three-member committee was also constituted that include the names of Prabhpreet Kaur, Harmandeep Singh and Amarjot Kaur.

Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, Principal, congratulated the head of the post-graduate department of Punjabi, Mrs Harvinder Kaur, Dr Charandeep Singh, Prof Rajpreet Kaur, Prof Sompal Heera, Prof Rajpal Kaur, Prof Jaspreet Kaur and the student office-bearers.

He said the Punjabi Sahit Sabha would organise quality enhancement programmes.

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