Wednesday, September 5, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Govt committed to providing quality education to rural students: Garcha
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
The Punjab Technical Education Minister, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, has said that the state government is committed to provide all facilities to rural population on par with the cities, including quality education. Addressing a gathering after upgradation of a primary school to middle school in Sasrali Kalan village, about 10 km from here last evening, he stressed the need for education of girls, who in turn, could educate the entire family.

Retorting to a misleading propaganda by the Congress that the ruling Akali Dal was trying to revive militancy in Punjab, Mr Garcha maintained that the atmosphere of peace and amity, prevailing in the state after the present government took over, was for everybody to see. ‘‘The Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, has not only restored the lost glory of Punjab but has regained the state its place of pride among the front ranking states in the country’’.

Speaking at the occasion, a senior SAD-B functionary, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Director, Markfed, claimed that the government had taken up the gigantic task of infrastructural development in Punjab on a priority basis. Several welfare schemes had been launched and measures taken to provide basic civic amenities to the people. He further maintained that the development of Punjab, which took place during the past four years under the regime of SAD-BJP government, was unprecedented.

Mr Dhillon appealed to the masses to remain cautious against the false propaganda by the Congress and other Opposition parties. He asked the people to support the ruling combine, once again in the coming Assembly elections, and ensure another term for the government, headed by Mr Parkash Singh Badal, which would spell peace, prosperity and all-round development for Punjab.

Mr Garcha earlier announced upgradation of another primary school to middle standard in Khwajke village.

Prominent among those present at the function were Ms Nirmal Kaur, Sarpanch, Mr Karam Singh, nambardar, Mr Gurmel Singh Sanghowal, Mr Santa Singh Ummedpuri, Mr Sarbjit Singh and Mr Inderpreet Singh Bhattal.


Homoeo council’s appeal to BFU
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 4
The Council of Homoeopathy Systems of Medicine (CHSM), Punjab, today resolved at a meeting to press upon the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences to adopt the BHMS students currently enrolled with the council.

According to the council president, Dr Bhupinder Singh, a resolution was passed at a meeting of the council held today at Chandigarh where it was decided that the council would ask the BFU to adopt the students enrolled with it at the earliest.

Dr Singh disclosed that the BFU had already adopted three colleges: Lord Mahavira College, Guru Nanak Homoeopathic Colleges in Ludhiana and Abohar.

Dr Tejinder Pal Singh, member, CHSM and Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH), while talking to Ludhiana Tribune, said the university should have adopted the students much earlier at a time when it came into existence. A high-level meeting of officials will be held tomorrow at Chandigarh to decide the issue about the conduct of forthcoming examinations by the council. The students are divided over the issue of conduct of exams as scheduled.

However, a deputation of students demanding the postponement of examination scheduled from September 10, in a written letter to Secretary, Department of Medical Education and Research, claimed that majority of the BHMS students wanted the postponement of exams. They said the council should be debarred from conducting examinations because it was not valid to award degrees as it had lost the legal validity after the taking over of colleges by the BFU. They said council degrees were not valid outside Punjab, while the degrees awarded by the BFU would be valid throughout the country.

Meanwhile, about 150 students of Shri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital have, in a signed statement, demanded the postponement of examinations. They warned that if the examinations to various professionals courses scheduled for September 10 not postponed, they would be forced to boycott the examinations and intensify the agitation. The students have demanded that the examinations should be delayed by at least one month. 

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