Tuesday, July 17, 2001,
 Chandigarh, India


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New PGI academic session begins
Chandra wants qualitative research work on health
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The new academic session at the PGI began today with an inspiring lecture by its former alumni and presently the Director of Allergy and Immunology, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Prof R.K. Chandra.

Emphasising that infectious diseases often superadd on nutritional deficiencies, he said that greatest contributions to health would be ridding the society of inequalities. “If a choice must be made then free school meals, immunisation and education are much more important for health of the population than hospital beds and modern gadgets,” he said

There should be a relative place in strategies for improvement of health of the nation, he stressed. “There is a visible ineffective management and lack of political commitment towards equality of opportunities of good health,” he added.

Prof Chandra has served at top posts in medical institutions in the USA and Canada and has authored several articles, chapters, review papers and books. He has been awarded honorary degrees and 90 awards from universities and societies worldwide.

In an all-encompassing inaugural speech, starting with phases of human existence and establishment of various infections, Prof Chandra led the audience which included former PGI directors, senior faculty members, doctors, postgraduate students of various disciplines, through interesting information on the core issue of his speech — qualitative and goal-oriented research work on health.

While elaborating on the elements of academic success he informed the students about the importance of having a mentor. Passion for excellence, time management and provision of facilities are some other factors, he added.

Based on facts from his research on health problems at two ends of the spectrum of the human lifespan — control of allergies in the newborn babies and importance of nutritional factors in the old age, he emphasised that the aim of any clinical research work should be goal and result-oriented. “Clinical research should be qualitative rather than quantitative. Criteria for promotion should be based on credit on small number of high quality papers, rather than the other way round,” he said.

Prof Chandra also emphasised on the need to bridge the gap between basic sciences and its clinical application. “Individuals need to be trained in both the fields. To have a combined MD and Ph.D programme, it takes six to seven years which often forces those interested in research and academic work to go in for private practice. Moreover, long postgraduate and superspeciality training and increasing competition for research funds add to the woes of researchers.”

To overcome these problems, Prof Chandra revealed that high level discussions were on to devise an award system for senior and junior residents. “National Institute of Health and Indian government are seriously discussing this. Once this is through, 50 to 100 youngsters will be hopefully awarded a substantial amount to carry on dedicated research work,” he said.

Illustrating his own primary objectives in research, he stressed on patient-oriented research and clinical studies which involve physical contact with patients and families. While allergic diseases in newborns can be prevented by dietary intervention in mothers and babies, quality of life in the old age can be successfully improved by overcoming nutrient deficiencies and supplementing it.

Earlier, the PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, in his welcome speech told the postgraduate students in the new academic session to develop an all-round and multi-dimensional personality. Commenting on the heavy downpour outside, he quipped that rain was a good omen. “Let us start the academic session of the new millennium on a resounding note,” he said. He also enlisted the achievements of the institute and faculty members in the past year.

The president, PGI Faculty Association, Prof S.M. Bose, proposed a vote of thanks on behalf of the institute and told the young graduates to take full advantage of facilities available in the institute. “The PGI is an addiction and many of you may spend the rest of your lives here,” he added.


Academic session of GMCH inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
The new academic session of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, was inaugurated today by Prof L.S. Chawla, former Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences and former Principal of Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana.

Welcoming the new batch of young undergraduates, Professor Chawla exhorted them to strive and achieve the highest goals and follow the principles of the profession as envisioned by eminent medical teachers.

Earlier, the GMCH Director-Principal, Prof S.B.S. Mann, welcomed the students and asked them to consider the institute as an extension of their homes and be part of it.

The function was also attended by a former PGI Director, Prof BNS Walia, the founder Director-Principal, GMCH, Prof J.S. Chopra, a former Director-Principal, GMCH, Prof V.K. Kak and faculty members.


Training programme concludes
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 16
Valedictory function of a training programme for village rehabilitation workers (VRWs) selected from 17 UT villages concluded in the GMCH, Sector 32, today.

Prof Raj Bahadur, Nodal Officer, State Resource Centre, while giving details of the training programme, said that the result was 100 per cent and following an evaluation test, 33 out of 38 VRWs had secured more than 60 per cent marks in the test.

Congratulating the VRWs for completing the training, the Director-Principal, Prof S.B.S. Mann, exhorted them to use it for creating awareness in society.

Prof Mann honoured representatives of various NGOs like the Navedec centre, Institute for Blind, Sector 26, and Prayas, Sector 38, for contributing towards successful completion of the month-long training programme.

Delivering the valedictory address, the Director, Social Welfare, Ms Madhavi Kataria, said that the UT Administration was committed to the cause of disabled. She extended her support for the implementation of the national programme for the rehabilitation of the persons with disabilities (NPRPD). 


A promising shuttler
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, July 16
Vijaydeep Singh of Patiala, number two in men doubles section in India, and who stole the crowd’s hearts in the last Thomas Cup badminton tie held at Delhi in February, 2000, added another feather to his cap when he was selected for the four major international tournaments this year. Vijaydeep was employed with Railways at Patiala and for the past one decade had been carrying the forte of Indian badminton in doubles event.

Vijaydeep, popularly known as Neeta among his friends, told before leaving for Kuala Lumpur that he wanted to make India proud in doubles event. He said he has changed many partners but now it was Markose Bristow of Kerala with whom he has developed good understanding.

Vijaydeep said it was his father who encouraged him. He said it was swimming, and tennis which attracted him most but he remained in touch with badminton. Vijaydeep who weighs more than 90 kg, never appeared to be badminton player at first look, but the kind of deception and returns he possess, his style was the best suited for doubles game, commented a former senior badminton player.

Vijaydeep was all praise for Gopichand, the All England winner, whom he said was a complete sportsman. He said to have learnt many finer points of badminton from him. Vijaydeep who got married in December last had witnessed the presence of all top stars of Indian badminton at his Patiala residence including Gopi Chand who missed his training schedule to be in company of Vijaydeep.

Vijaydeep’s elder brother, Navdeep, also remained a national-level badminton player and sister Seema, is a former national-level gymnast. His forthcoming assignments were Malaysian Open from July 16, Indonesia Open from July 23, Asian Badminton Championships at Manila ( Phillipines) from August 21 and SAF Games at Islamabad (Pakistan) from October 7 this year.


Roller skating tournament
Our Sports reporter

Chandigarh, July 16
To coincide with the inauguration of a skating rink of international standards constructed by the Nagpur Improvement Trust, the Roller Skating Federation of India in association with the NIT will hold an invitational NIT all-India invitational roller skating tournament from July 28 to 30 at Nagpur.

Mr Inder Pal Singh, adviser to the president of the RSFI, said that the skaters who attended the national camp last month at Chandigarh in roller hockey, artistic at Vizak (AP) and Nagpur in speed events would be eligible to take part in the same.

In speed skating and artistic events, competitions will be held inline and quads in the age group 10-12, 12-14 and above 14 years. Hockey will be conducted only for the above 12 years age group. The skaters have been asked to report on July 26 at MLA Hostel, Nagpur.

St John’s win

St John’s High School, Sector 26, outplayed visiting St Edwards High School, Shimla, in both the age groups (under 12 and under 14) by 23 and 42 runs, respectively.

Brief scores: Ist match; under 12; St John’s 89 all out in 24 overs (Devjyot Singh 20, Abhinav Sharma 13, Vasu Gulati 10, Rohan 4 for 11, Aman 2 fro 17).

St Edwards 66 all out in 22.1 overs (Prashant 23, Himanshu Bawa 3 for 15, Kritarth Jain 2 for 11, Karan Dhanoa 2 for 14).

Under 14 St John’s 136 runs for five in 25 overs (Abhimanyu Syal 35 no, Amitesh Sidhu 19 no, Amrinder Pal Singh 18, Anhad Gill 11, Nakul 2 for 17, Sachin 2 for 25).

St Edwards 94 all out in 22.3 overs (Aman Dogra 23, Raman 18, Chetan 13, Rahul Pal 12, Aseem Grover 5 for 23, Anhad Gill 2 for five).


Kalha heads CTTA
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, July 16
Mr D.S. Kalha, Commissioner, Excise and Taxation, Punjab, and Mr Patanjali Kumar, a former national table tennis player, were elected president and honorary secretary of the Chandigarh Table Tennis Association, respectively, at a meeting held here last evening. Mr P.K. Verma, outgoing president, was made life president of the association. It was Mr Verma who initiated the efforts to construct a new indoor TT hall in Sector 23 which was the only one of its kind in northern India. The outgoing secretary, Mr Rajeev Kaushal, was made technical adviser of the CTTA.

The other office-bearers of the association are: senior vice-presidents — Mr Jarnail Singh and Tilak Raj; vice-presidents — S.S. Gill and Mr H.C. Sharma; — treasurer — Mr Narinder Saini; and joint secretaries — Mr Vinod Sharma, Mr Harish Sharma and Mr S.M. Sharma.


HUDA seals 16 booths
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 16
Officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority sealed 16 booths here today because the owners had not paid their dues and, in some cases, the lease had expired.

While 10 of these booths belonged to private parties, six were in the possession of Confed, that, too, like the rest, had failed to pay the dues. Owners of five other booths obtained a stay order against the HUDA action.

The operation of sealing the booths lasted for over two hours amid a heavy deployment of police. Though the shopkeepers resented the “high-handedness” of officials, the day belonged to the HUDA men who finished their task successfully in spite of protests. Sources said there had been heated exchanges between shopkeepers of Sector 15 and officials of HUDA during the operation.

Out of the 16 booths that were sealed today, four were in Sector 6, three each in Sectors 7 and 10 and six in Sector 15. The Estate Officer, Mr D.P. Singh, was present at the spot throughout the operation.

Earlier, members of the Beopar Mandal met the Chief Administrator, Mr N.C. Wadhwa, and the Administrator, Mr Arun Gupta, to discuss the matter. They were told that the action was not unfair and everything would be done according to HUDA bylaws. At their meeting with the heads of the market associations of the town yesterday, officials had made it clear that the booths would be sealed after the termination of the lease.

The action against these shopkeepers was due since 1997. Though the department had informed them in advance, the shopkeepers said they had not expected the action to be so prompt. They had not vacated the premises in the hope that they would be able to strike a compromise.

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