Sunday, October 7, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Training camp for farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 6
A Field-cum-farmer training camp was organised by a pesticide company in collaboration with Punjab Agricultural University and the Department of Agriculture at Gurum village here yesterday. More than 800 farmers from all over the state attended the camp.

The main objective of the camp which was termed sahayog day was to show the mature crop of paddy to the farmers which was grown under the sahayog project launched by Syngenta company. The novel experiment under which the paddy crop was cultivated as per the recommendations of PAU and after incorporating green manure in the fields. As many as 10 progressive farmers from nine villages were selected by the project manager and the outcome of the project came out to be a major success for the farmers. Mr J.S. Garcha, Technical Education Minister, was the chief guest on the occasion. While speaking to the farmers, he said that such experiments were the need of the hour if the farmers wanted to cope with the challenges posed by the WTO. He said that the farmers should now concentrate on the quality of the produce instead of the quantity.

Dr G.S. Momi, Head, Department of Extension Education, PAU, appreciated the project and said that it had done a lot for the farming community. He exhorted the farmers to join kisan club.


Seminar on value-based education
Our Correspondent

A seminar on value-based education in progress on the premises of the Malwa Central College of Education for Women in Ludhiana on Saturday. IV

Ludhiana, October 6
A seminar was organised by the Punjab Chapter of the All-Indian Association for Education Research at Malwa Central College of Education for Women, Ludhiana, on October 6, 2001.

Dr Mohammad Mian, Director, IGNOU, inaugurated the seminar. He was previously president of the Indian Educational Research Centre. He lauded the work of the Punjab Chapter of All-India Association for Education Research. He described values as the roots, we must stick to and stressed the need for an insight into what our values are. He felt that not only values but our customs, traditions are changing (not catering to social needs). He felt theoretical teaching of values was no good. But parents and teachers must be practical role models. Practical values were needed to be taught. Emotional aspect of education must be emphasised too.

Dr B.S. Bhatia expressed his dire necessity of operation of role models. Examples were certainly better than precept.

Dr Agyajit Singh, president, Punjab Chapter of the All-India Association of Education, Research and former Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology, Punjabi University, Patiala, spoke regarding the various activities of this Punjab Chapter of AIAER.

Dr S.P. Malhotra, former Head and Dean, Department of Education, Kurukshetra, University, Dr (Mrs) S.K. Bawa, and Dr (Mrs) Meenakshi from the Department of Education (Head Department of Education) also presented their papers. Delegates from all over Punjab were present along with their principals.


Symposium on voting behaviour
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 6
A symposium on voting behaviour was organised by the newly formed Political Association of Government College Ludhiana. It was presided over by the college Principal T.S. Turna.

Students of the association felt that in elections, religion, caste, creed, regionalism, and money play a vital role, which is not healthy for democracy. The speakers suggested that while casting their votes, the voters should rise above petty thinking and vote for right and honest persons.

Speakers were honoured on the occasion. Inderjit Singh stood first, Kumud Chander bagged the second prize while the third prize went to Jagdev Singh. The consolation prize was awarded to Vikramjit Singh.

Dr Prithi Pal Singh Sohi and Roydeep Singh Gill of the Political Science Department shared their views on the present voting patterns. They appealed to the intelligentsia to actively participate in elections and cast their votes.

The Principal of the college congratulated the department for forming the association, and said that such functions awaken political consciousness among students, which will ultimately benefit our democracy and the country.

The judges were Prithipal Sohi, Rajdeep Singh Gill and Prof Surinder Singh.

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