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Faculty development programme begins today
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 28
A two-day faculty development programme is being organised at the RIMT-Institute of Management and Computer Technology from tomorrow.
Giving this information, the director of the institute, Dr B.S. Bhatia, said the purpose of the programme was to give a thrust to research activities among members of the faculty.

He said various areas of research would be covered which include problem selection, survey research, sampling, regressional analysis, test of significance, factor analysis, scaling techniques and use of various computer packages for statistical calculations.

The programme will be attended by 35 faculty members and will be inaugurated by Mr Hukam Chand Bansal, chairman of the RIMT Group of Institutions.

He said the programme would be conducted by eminent academics. The resource persons would be Dr Prem Kumar, founder director, Guru Kahsi Insitute of Business Management, Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr Inderjit Singh, Department of Economics, Punjabi University, Dr Chandan Singh, former Head, Department of Computer Science and Applications, Punjabi University, and Dr Gurpreet Lehal, Head, Department of Computer Science, Punjabi University. 



NCC girl presented medal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
Vibhuti Jain of the 19th Punjab Bn, NCC, who has been selected for the award of Director-General NCC Commendation Card, was presented the medal and certificate at a function at the Air Force auditorium held at Chandigarh recently.

It is a rare hounor for any NCC cadet. The function was organised on the eve of campfire by a contigent participating in the coming Republic Day camp (January 2007).

Brig H.S. Gill (retd), Brig D.C. Katoch (Deputy Director-General, NCC, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and Chandigarh Directorate) were among those present on the occasion.

Vibhuti, a student of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana, has been selected for her excellence, devotion and dedication. She is the only cadet from the NCC group, Ludhiana, to achieve this honour.

She was adjudged the third best all-India cadet (bronze medal) at the Republic Day camp in Delhi in January 2006 and also represented India at the National Day camp in Singapore on an invitation of the Singapore Government under the NCC Youth Exchange Programme.



Busy time for NSS, NCC volunteers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 28
It is busy time for NSS and NCC volunteers as a number of colleges in the district have organised special training camps for them during the winter break. Hundreds of cadets are being trained in the camps daily, some of the camps are even organised at near-by villages.

During the 10-day camps, the volunteers get exposure and knowledge on various topics. Some of the camps, organised at different villages, aim to spread social awareness among villagers. Discussions, lectures and feedback on social problems like female foeticide, drug menace, AIDS, dowry system remain on volunteers' priority list at every camp. Besides, students are given training on rifle shooting, defense courses, first-aid and tree plantation drive. Other activities like medical camps, blood donation camps and road safety days are also organised by NCC/NSS volunteers. Meditation and Yoga training is imparted to them by eminent experts during the camps.

Ludhiana Tribune spoke to a number of volunteers attending these camps, who maintained that winter break was the perfect time to organise and attend the camps.

"We become disciplined and independent and get a good training on various subjects. The cadets come close to each-other. During our visits to slum areas, old age homes and orphanages, we get a chance to meet the down-trodden section of the society and listen to their problems. Villagers extend whole-hearted support in case camps are organised at villages", said Sukhwinder Singh, an NCC volunteer.

At one of such camps held at Katani Kalan recently, villagers were asked to adopt a scientific attitude in life by the volunteers. They were told that superstitions make a person weak. In addition to these, vilagers were taught to maintain health and hygiene. An appeal to youngsters to shun drugs was made by the volunteers.

The colleges where National Service Scheme (NSS) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) camps have been organised include Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, Malwa Central College of Education, Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam college, SCD Government College, Government College for Women, Shanti Tara College etc.



NSS volunteers rally against social evils
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 28
Socially useful project works were undertaken by volunteers of the NSS unit of Shanti Tara during initial days of the 10-day camp organised on the college campus.
Besides marching through streets of surrounding villages to spread awareness about social evils, including drug addiction, female foeticide and the dowry system, the volunteers benefited from a seminar on traffic rules.

According to Mr Charan Preet Dua, in charge of the event, groups of volunteers marched through streets of surrounding villages to create awareness among villagers about adverse affects of social evils on the prosperity of the agrarian society.

The banners carried by the volunteers warned the villagers that evils like drug addiction, illiteracy, female foeticide and dowry were the root cause of many other evils which were encroaching prosperity of the state.

Earlier, Mr Sham Sunder Juneja, an associate of the Punjab Police Academy enriched the volunteers about traffic rules and warned them about the fatal results of violating these rules.

Cautioning youth about driving without a valid licence, Mr Juneja pointed out that thousands of families had been ruined due to reckless driving by underage motorists.

Mr Arvind Malhotra, secretary of the college, Mr Prem Chand Gupta ,Chairman, Mr Prit Pal Singh sarpanch, Ms Manjit Kaur and Ms Hardeep Kaur interacted with the participants.



NSS camp at RIMT college
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, December 28
A 10-day NSS camp was organised by RIMT College of Education. A literacy campaign and cleanliness drive by the volunteers were the highlights of the camp. An educational trip to Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala, was also organised.

The closing ceremony was marked by a blood donation camp and a valedictory function marked the conclusion of the camp. More than 50 students of the college donated blood. 



Seminar on Vivekananda’s teachings
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 28
The Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, in association with the Swami Vivekananda Study Circle organised a seminar on the Principles of Swami Vivekananda and its practicability on today's world. The resource-persons, Prof Viney Sathi and Dr Sanjiv Dawar, highlighted the ideology of Swamiji in detail.

Vivekananda was curious from his childhood which gave him a scientific bent of mind to explore things. Mr Viney emphasised on scientific philosophy of Vivekananda, whose childhood name was Narendra Dutt, inherited this logical temper from his teacher Ramkrishna Paramhans who himself was a spiritual scholar. He selflessly devoted his life to the cause of humanity and spirituality. He discovered the actual meaning of religion as the path to invent one's inner strengths and belief in one's own self. He explained science with the tips of spirituality and spirituality with the basis of science.

Swami Vivekananda was the third strongest person with the virtue of inner strength after Lord Krishna and Guru Gobind Singh. He was a person who adopted his conqueror's attitude in a positive manner with the logo, "Everything is Possible". In Chicago's conference, Swami Vivekananda proved to the world that India's richest and the cultural heritage was the best.

Dr Sanjiv Dawar called upon the faculty of LCET to adopt the ideology of Swami Vivekananda and become a role model for their students to inculcate the values of nationality, humanity and brotherhood for building a strong nation. The vote of thanks was presented by Mr S.S.Grewal, Head, Business Management Department and the award of honour was presented to Mr Viney by the Principal.



New Year party
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana December 28
Students of Cyberstar Infotech, PTU Learning Centre, Sunder Nagar, organised a New Year-cum-Freshers’ Party here yesterday. The students celebrated the function gloriously and the enthusiasm.

There was an active participation in different cultural activities and there were number of items like Bhangra, skits group dances, Jaggo etc. which gained great round of applause. The staff members and management gave all credit to the students for their efforts in organising the show and wished them Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. On this day, the centre management appreciated some of its intelligent students, who excelled in studies and extra curricular activities. 



Urdu classes

Ludhiana, December 28
The Languages Department , Punjab, will again start teaching urdu for a period of six months from January 2007. Mr Harpal Singh Sidhu, Assistant Director and District Language Officer, said lovers of urdu language can get the forms from the District Language Department situated at the Punjabi Bhavan Complex on any working day free of cost. OC


Nishkam launches 'Mission Safe Blood'
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 28
The Nishkam Blood Service Society organised its annual day function at Hotel Le Baron here today. The chief guest was the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, while Lion H.J.S. Khera, Vice District Governor Distt. 321-F of Lions International was the guest of honour.

The Deputy Commissioner appreciated the efforts of the society and motivated the organisers to continue with their mission to create bonds of friendship and goodwill among people through voluntary blood donation. Mr Gupta felicitated the frequent blood donors with mementos. Some other prominent personalities from different walks of life, were also honoured at the function. A souvenir was also released.

Mr Khera highlighted the zeal, enthusiasm and energy with which the society had launched 'Mission Safe Blood'. He said in the wake of yawning gap between the need and availability of blood for critically ill patients, blood donation could play a significant role.

Mr Yadwinder Singh, president of the society, focused on the importance of safe blood which could come only through voluntary donors. He said millions of lndians were carrying infectious viruses like those of Hepatitis B and C as also the HIV in their blood without knowing it. He urged people to come forward for blood donation for the cause of suffering humanity.

He submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner on behalf of the society asking for support for its welfare projects.

Others present at the function were Mr Harmohinder Singh Pahwa, Dr Sarup Singh Alag, Mr Bhagwan Singh, Mr Harish Rai Dhanda, Principal Dr Jasbir Kaur, Prof G.S. Dua, Dr B.S. Shah, Dr Ravinder Kochhar, Mr Avtar Singh, Mr Sukhdial Singh, Mr Ajit Singh Kular, Mr Devinder Singh Aneja, Mr N.S. Nanda, Mr M.S. Aneja and Col Amrik Singh.



Waris Rashid — a promising footballer
Mahesh Sharma

Waris Rashid,
Waris Rashid

Rehman Nagar (Mandi Ahmedgarh), December 28
Waris Rashid, winner of many awards in football, prefers to learn finer points of the game from his parents than to accept a sponsorship from the organisers of the recently concluded 52nd National School U-14 Football Championship at Port Blair, where he was declared the “youngest promising player of the tournament.”

“Though I have all regards for the patron of the tournament who declared to sponsor me during his presidential lecture, I feel that my carrier in football is safer in the hands of my parents and grandparents, who owe a place in the world of sports. I am sure that I would be able to add feathers to the cap of the Indian team after imbibing expertise from my parents and receiving up-to-date knowledge from institutionalised system,” said Waris Rashid, a budding player of this hamlet, situated on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla Road.

Presently studying in Class VIII of St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh, Waris claimed to have learnt the finer points of the game from his grandparents, Mohamad Iqbal and Abdul Rashid, who have been giving him tips on the subject.

Earlier, as a student of Sohrab Public School, Malerkotla, Waris had represented Punjab in the National Games. He received many awards during the first two years of his carrier in football. Besides being declared “prolific scorer of the tournament” (for scoring 10 goals in one match) and the “most talented player of Chandigarh” (in a Chandigarh Administration tournament), he was declared the “youngest promising player of the tournament and the best player” in the 52nd National School U-14 Football Tournament, organised recently at Port Blair under the aegis of the School Games Federation of India.

The patron and chief guest of the event in their speeches had offered to sponsor Waris and his family in case they opt to shift to their state. “But Waris, without consulting us declined the offered politely and decided that he would continue his practice at his school. However he will be coming for weekly practice here,” said Waris’s father Talhar Rashid, adding that the school had waived off his expenses.



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