Thursday, September 27, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Need for bio-medical research
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
A proposal to set up a much desired institute for bio-medical technology was forwarded to the government about a year ago, but no progress had been made in this regard.

Stating this in his lecture on “Bio-medical technology — The Indian Scenario”, Dr T Lazar Mathew, Director of the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, said that though there was a small group of institutions engaged in research and development in bio-medical field there was still a need to have a dedicated institute, which could be attached to some hospitals or health institutes for dedicated research.

He was speaking at a function organised at the Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) to mark the foundation day of the Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR).

Dr Mathew said that 16 million people in this country lived with some form of disability and the level of technology required to provide sensory, mobility and communication aids for them was not very high and available in the country.

Stating that while India had achieved excellence in designing computer software, he added that it had not made any notable headway in the field of information technology for healthcare applications. He said that very few hospitals had access to health-related informatics, and where it was actually available, it was under utilised and lacked standardisation.

Adding that there was a need to establish a comprehensive database for healthcare, he said that a programme for using smart technology in this field had been launched by the government. He also stressed upon the need to upgrade medical image processing capabilities as tele-medicine was coming up in a big way.

Stating that medical devices was the fastest growing industry in the USA, he added that R&D institutions in the country should focus on producing medium cost, medium-volume equipment such at ultrasound machines, as this area had a large scope.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the CSIO Director, Dr R P Bajpai, highlighted various aspects of emerging technologies in the field. An ‘‘open day’’ was also organised, where all laboratories of the CSIO remained open to students as well as general public.

Meanwhile, at the Institute of Mircobial Technology, Prof Partha P Majumdar from the Anthropology and Human Genetics Unit of the Kolkata-based Indian Statistical Institute spoke on ‘‘Evolutionary perspectives on ethnic India’’. The function was presided over by the institute’s Founder Director, Dr V C Vora.



Harinder returns par round
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
On the second day of the Chandigarh Open Junior Subjunior Golf Tournament with the golf course playing its best the players could not ask for more and this helped in some very good scores being shot during the course of play.

In category ‘A’ (15 to 17 years) Harinder Gupta of Chandigarh Golf Club shot a level par round of 72 and he was leading the field with four strokes. He played a steady round with two birdies, 14 pars and two bogies. Mohamad Wazir from Delhi Golf Club and Dinesh Kumar from Chandigarh Golf Club also brought in good cards and both of them shot two-over round of 74.

At the end of the second day a cut was applied at 24 over and 27 players in this category made the cut and they will be playing for the remaining two days.

In category ‘B’ (13 to 14 years) Karan Vasudeva from Delhi Golf Club was leading over Madav Verma, also of the Delhi Golf Club, by three strokes. While Karan Vasudeva played a steady seven over on day one as well as a seven over on day two, Madav Verma made a recovery after a poor day one score of 12 over by shooting five-over round on day two which was the best round in category ‘B’. He began the day with an eagle on the very first hale which was the first eagle record in the tournament.

In category ‘C’ the local favourite Ajeetesh Sandhu recovered after a poor day one with the best round in his category of 11 over. He has a comfortable lead of two strokes over Viraj Gadhoke of Delhi Golf Club.

In this category the cut was applied on 48 over and six players made the cut and they will be competing on day 3 and 4. Ajeetesh is the only player of ‘C’ category who is also in ‘B’ category and he has made the cut in that category too.

In category ‘D’ (under 10 years) The match started today as the under 10 years boys are playing the tournament over 54 holes.

Among the girls Mavali Talwar is leading with the score of 164 and Neha Majithia is in second place with the score of 170.

Leading scores after the second day:

Category ‘A’: Harjinder Gupta 145, Jaskirat Singh Dullet 149, Md Wazir 152, Deepak Kumar 154, Dinesh Kumar 155.

Category ‘B’: Karan Vasudeva 158, Madhav Verma 161, Anirban Lahiri 162, Aditya Singh 166, Abhishek Jha 168.

Category ‘C’: Ajeetesh Sandhu 173, Viraj Gadhoke 175, Raghav Vahi 175, Fatehbir S Dhaliwal 180, Sidharth Seth 192.

Category ‘D’: Kanshik Madan 89, Rahul Bakshi 95, Madhav Soi 95, Abheyjit Chadha 97, Madhav Bal 104.



Manav Mangal school clinch TT title
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, September 26
Shivalik Public School, Sector 41, captured the under-17 hockey title for the pre-hockey qualifying meet in the UT Inter-School Sports Meet in various disciplines held today. Manav Mangal High School, Sector 21, bagged the under-14 table tennis, and ball badminton titles. The second place went to AKS International Public School, Sector 41, while Shishu Niketan Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 was placed at third position.

In the hockey final for under-17 , SPS-41 boys outplayed DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, by 4-0 with one goal each scored by Jaswinder Singh, Damandeep Singh, Jatinder Singh and Khushwant Singh.

In under-14 TT final, MMHS-21 beat AKSIPS -41 at 3-1.

In ball badminton, Shri Guru Harkishan Public School-40 defeated GHS-41.

Kirandeep excels

Kirandeep Kaur of local MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, romped home with seven titles in different events in the Panjab University Inter-College Swimming Meet held here today on PU campus, Chandigarh. In boys section, Puneet Rana of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh and Madhav Sund of Government College, Ludhiana, improved their own records in the respective events. Kirandeep emerged winner in 50 metre free style, 100 metre back stroke, 100 metre breast stroke, 800 metre free style, 100 metre free style, 200 metre butterfly stroke and 200 metre breast stroke. Puneet bagged the title by bettering his own records in 100 metre breast stroke and 200 metre breast stroke, while Madhav bettered the record in 1500 metre free style, 100 metre back stroke. He also won titles in 100 metre free style and 200 metres breast stroke.


Mr D.P. Reddy and Mr G. S. Walia were re-elected as president and general secretary of the Mohali Cricket Association, at its annual general body meeting. The other items listed on the agenda were also discussed. Mr Walia informed that the MCA has already conducted the inter-school tournaments in April, a meeting of the principals of the schools situated in SAS Nagar would be convened in the second week of October to finalise the dates for the next edition of the tournament. Meanwhile, the following office-bearers were elected; president — Mr D.P. Reddy; vice-presidents — Mr M.P. Pandove, Parag Jain, S.R. Ladhar and Anil Gupta; hony secretary — Mr G.S. Walia; joint secretaries — Mr M.L. Sharma and Arun Sharma and treasurer — Mr P.S. Gill.



Engineers advised to update knowledge
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
A two-day refresher course to brush up the knowledge of engineers working in the Chandigarh Administration ended today with Mr Kulbir Singh, former Secretary, Engineering, UT, asking engineers to play the key role in the changing technology.

He said the development of countries, especially developing ones, engineering and engineers had to play the key role. The technology is changing fast and to keep pace with the changing scenario engineers should keep themselves abreast the latest trends.

Mr Puranjit Singh, Chief Engineer, lauded the interest taken by the officers and expressed the hope that such courses would be organised frequently which would help the engineers to update their knowledge and also learn new techniques from the experienced faculty.

Mr V.K. Sareen, Deputy Accountant-General, while delivering the keynote address, advised the young engineers that most of the audit paras related to the non-technically sanctioned estimates, non financial bills and excess over estimates. Earlier Mr V.K. Bhardwaj, Superintending Engineer, Chandigarh, gave a lecture on PWD specifications, highlighting the techniques on important subjects.



TAC dissolved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 26
The Telecom Advisory Committee (TAC) of Chandigarh SSA was dissolved today as per the directions of the Ministry of Communication. The TAC meeting scheduled for September 29 has also been cancelled.


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