EDUCATION TRIBUNE Tuesday, February 18, 2003, Chandigarh, India

One-time fund of Rs 200 cr for PAU favoured
K.S. Chawla
t is felt that the state government should provide a one-time fund of Rs 200 crore to Punjab Agricultural University, which will yield sufficient interest for use in meeting the emergent needs of the university from time to time. 

Kewal Dheer gets top Pak literary award
Vimal Sumbly
r Kewal Dheer, a noted writer in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi has been honoured with Qartas-e-Aizaz by a premier literary journal of Pakistan, ‘Chahar Soo’, published form Rawalpindi. ‘Qartas-e-Aizaz’ is a prestigious award presented to a person for outstanding contribution to Urdu literature.




One-time fund of Rs 200 cr for PAU favoured
K.S. Chawla

It is felt that the state government should provide a one-time fund of Rs 200 crore to Punjab Agricultural University, which will yield sufficient interest for use in meeting the emergent needs of the university from time to time. This recommendation has been made by the Review Committee headed by Dr Kirti Singh a top agricultural scientist of the country and former Secretary National Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

The eight-member committee consisting of senior scientists of various disciplines of Agriculture and allied sciences was set up to review the working of the university and give direction for future teaching, research and extension education programme of PAU in the wake of changing global scenario.

The report of the PSEB Review Committee was discussed at a special meeting of the Board of Management of PAU with Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, in the chair. The Director, Research, Dr G.S. Nanda, who acted as member-secretary of the committee, presented the report and also action taken report (ATR).

The committee has recommended that there is a need for creating a special cess fund payable to the university. The university has rightly earned the respect of the administration and affection of the peasantry by dint of its work for improvement of Punjab agriculture during the past four decades.

In order to enable it to continuously perform well during the times ahead, there is a need to provide budget to the university to the extent of 1 per cent advelorum of the total value of agricultural produce brought for sale in the state markets to be paid by farmers/sellers.

The committee has also suggested there is a need for resource generation by enhancing the fee chargeable from students and by encouraging associate professors and professors to submit good projects to outside agencies for funding with a provision for equipment, recurring contingency and fellowships and to compete for grants in the areas of specialisation.

The committee has emphasised that the autonomy of the university should be respected and the accountability should also be ensured.

The committee has pointed out that about 300-400 vacancies at various levels are expected to arise during the year 2003-2004 on account of attaining the age of superannuation by incumbents. This is bound to create a huge void in professional manpower resources of the university . Appropriate pro-active measures are necessary and it is recommended that a committee be constituted to look into the matter in detail. Middle-level scientists who can look forward to 15-25 years of productive work should be identified on the basis of their achievements and merit and sent for course/postdoctoral research and laboratories abroad in order to prepare them for leadership in the future.

Referring to the resident instructions, the committee has emphasised that when agricultural scenario is changing fast in the country in general and the state of Punjab in particular in the matter of diversification, climatic change, exploitation of natural resources, commercialisation sustainability and efficiency, it is advisable to undertake period revision of course-curricular with increased frequency.

In order to equip the students with the latest developments arising from implementation of WTO provisions, more emphasis on agri-business relating to pricing, market e-commerce, trade and export will be required in the teaching programmes.

Also in order to promote excellence and to foster high standard in education and research in various constituent colleges of the university, there is a need to build more physical and biological science and frontier areas such as biotechnology, computer applications.

The committee has observed that job orientation is an important consideration used in the latest revision of the course curriculum. The committee has suggested a 10-year futuristic study in this regard with the help of outside expert agency.

The University has already started follow-up action on the recommendations of the committee and taken up the review of the research programmes of various departments of the five constituent colleges.

The review of research programmes of the college of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agricultural Engineering has been completed.

Veterinary scientists have been asked to take more intensive research work on embryo-transplant in the college of veterinary medicine. They have also been asked to submit more research projects.

In the College of Agricultural Engineering, outside funding has been received. About 50 per cent of the funding is available from outside agencies in the College of Agricultural Engineering.


Kewal Dheer gets top Pak literary award
Vimal Sumbly

Dr Kewal Dheer, a noted writer in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi has been honoured with Qartas-e-Aizaz by a premier literary journal of Pakistan, ‘Chahar Soo’, published form Rawalpindi. ‘Qartas-e-Aizaz’ is a prestigious award presented to a person for outstanding contribution to Urdu literature. After Partition, this honour has been bestowed on three Indian writers, including poet Jagan Nath Azad, Mr Joginder Paul, fiction writer and now Dr Dheer.

The January-February issue of the journal ‘Chahar-Soo’ is devoted to Dr Kewal Dheer in which more than 80 prominent writers and critics of international repute from all over world have expressed their views about his life and works.

They include Dr Ludmala Vassilva (Russia), Dr Carlo Coppola (Michigan), Raza Ali Abdi (B.B.C. London), Bano Qudsia, Dr Wazir Agha, Prof Riaz Siddiqui, Bushra Rahman and Gulzar Javed (Pakistan), and Dr Gopi Chand Narang, Dr Khaliq Ajnum, Nida Fazli, Makhmoor Saeedoi and HRD Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi.

Dr Dheer, a doctor by profession, started his literary journey with a Hindi short story collection ‘Dhart Ro Pari’, which was given the state award by the Bihar Pragtisheel Lekhak Sangh in 1958. Since then he has won more then 24 national and international awards in recognition of his rich contribution to Indian literature.

Dr Dheer was given the Shiromani Urdu Sahitkar Award, the prestigious and highest state award in Punjab comprising a purse of Rs 1 lakh and a gold medal, in 1997 for his contribution to the enrichment of Urdu fiction. Another prestigious honour ‘Sahitya Shree’ was conferred upon him by the Rashtriya Hindi Sahitya Parishad in 1990 for his contribution to Hindi Literature.

He is a three-time recipient of Bhasha Vibhag Punjab State Awards for different books, a three-time recipient of the UP Urdu Academy State Award, two-time of Bihar Urdu Academy Award, besides receiving the West Bengal Urdu Academy Award, Ghalib Cultural Academy, Karnataka, and Meer Academy Award.

He was honoured with the International Peace Award for his English short story collection ‘Bonds of Love’ by Peace University, Toronto, Canada, in 1987.

Dr Dheer is the author of more than 60 books published in Urdu, Punjabi and English, which include six volumes of short stories and four volumes of novels besides two travalogues and books on healthcare, human behaviour and medicine. He has written scripts for many popular TV serials, plays and tele-films.

As general secretary of Adeeb International (Sahir Cultural Academy) for about three decades, he has been promoting the cause of Urdu language and literature. Padam Shree Ali Sardar Jafri rightly expressed that “Indeed, Dr Kewal Sheer occupies a unique place in Urdu literature. He is great, great in splendour of his writings, great in his rare style, impressive language, great in his powerful presentation of thought, great in verbality of genius and greater in spreading the message of love, peace and unity and greater still in strengthening the ties of universal brotherhood.”




Mar 3 Veterinary Council of India, 16/15, WEA, Arya Samaj Rd, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 110005

All India Common Entrance Exam

(For 15% seats in Vet colleges for BVSc & AH)

Elig: Cl 12 (PCB & Eng, 50%). Age: 17 yrs (on 31 Dec ‘03).

Selectn: All India Exam: May 11 ‘03.

Appln F: Send Rs 700/- by DD favouring "Veterinary Council of India, New Delhi" with unstamped, self-add env (24 x 18 cm) by 17 Feb to above add.

Mar 20 Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Room No 226, Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan II, Pusa, New Delhi 110012

All India Entrance Exam

(For 15% seats in UG Progs in SAUs, CAU & NDRI, Karnal (100% seats) & Award of National Talent Scholarship in Agri & allied subjs 2003-’04).

Elig: Cl 12 (Ist attempt, 60%) in PCB/M/Agri with Eng. DoB: 1 Jan ‘81 - 1 Jan ‘87.

Appln F: Send Rs 350/- (SC/ST/PH: Rs 200/-) by DD favouring "Deputy Director General (Edn), ICAR, New Delhi" payable at New Delhi with unstamped, self-add env (12" x 10") to the Controller of Examination (Educn Div), at the above add by 3 Mar. Also at PAU, Ludhiana till March 10.

May 30 Indian Veterinary Research Institute (Deemed University), Izatnagar 243122 (UP)

National Diploma in:

(Preventive Vet Med; AH; Biol Products; Anim Reprodn; Equine Husb, Med & Surg; Zoo & Wild Anim Health Care & Mgt; Meat & Meat Products Tech; Fodder & Feed Tech; Poultry Husb.

Elig: BVSc & AH, employed. Age: below 55 yrs (on 30 May’03).

Appln F: Send request to "Scientific Coordinator" at above add.

Armed Forces

Feb 26 Indian Air Force, PO Bag No 001, DHQ PO, New Delhi 110011

Recruitment of:

Women Pilots (SSC)

Elig: Unmarried, Indian female. Bachelor’s Deg (Maths & Phys at Cl 12)/BE. DoB: 2 Jan ‘81 - 1 Jan ‘85 (2 Jan ‘79 for CPL holders).

Selectn: PABT, Psy & Gr Tests, Med Exams & Interview.

Appln F & Details: Employment News (25-31 Jan)/website.

Feb 26 Indian Air Force HQ, PB No 001, DHQ PO, New Delhi 110011

Recruitment in Admin Br:

Ground Duty Officers (Men)


Elig: Bachelor’s Deg/BE/BTech (incldg Civil Engg) (60%) OR PG/MBA/PGDBA/LLB (5-yr & 3-yr) (50%).

Selectn, Details & Appln F: Employment News (25-31 Jan)/website.

Feb 26 Indian Air Force

Aeronautical Engg Course/SSC for Aeronautical Engineers

1) Electron Br

2) Mech Br

Elig: Indian male, (Born bet: 2 Jan ‘76 - 1 Jan ‘86) or married (Above 25-yrs).

For 1: BE/BTech (55%) in Electron/Telecom/Electl/Electl Comm/Electron & Comm/Instru/Comp Sc & Engg or combo of these subjs OR

BTech: Radio Phys & Electron/Optics & Opto Electron/MSc Phys (Electron)/Elect/Comp Sc/Comp Appln/MCA/MSc Tech (Electron & Radio Engg)/AMIE/AMIETE/AASI.

For 2: BE/BTech (55%) in Aero/Mech/Prodn/Indl Prodn or combo of these subjs OR AMIE or Associate Membership of ASI with Gr I (Des & Prodn) or Gr II (Maintenance Repair & Overhaul) subjs.

Selctn: Engg Knowledge Test, Psychol Tests, Group Tests & Interview.

Appln F: Employment News (25-31 Jan)/website.

Mar 15 Group HQ, Western Command, Bldg No 750, Sec 8B, Chandigarh

Officer in Territorial Army

Elig: Employed Indian males and Ex-Service Officers with UG Deg. Age: 18-42 yr (on 15 Mar ‘03).

Appln F: Civilians: Send Rs 10/- by PO favouring "TA Group Commander, payable at respective stations" to TA Group Commander at the above add or

Central Command, Lucknow 2 OR Southern Command Pune-1 or Eastern Command, Kolkata-21.

Ex-Service Officers: Send Rs 10/- by PO favouring "ADG TA, Army HQrs" to Addl Directorate General TA, Army HQs, ‘L’ Block, New Delhi 110001 with stamped (Rs 12/-), self-add env (28 x 12 cms) and bio-data with request for appln F by 15 Feb.

Feb 17 Indian Navy

Matric Entry Recruits (MER)

Elig: Unmarried Indian males, Cl 12 (55% with Sc & Maths OR 50% with Phys & Maths). DoB: Aug 1 ‘83 - Jul 31 ‘86.

Selectn: Written, Phys & Med exam.

Details & Appln F: Employment News (25-31 Jan)/website.

Mar 2 Indian Army, (Zonal Recruitment Offices)

Religious Teachers (Pandit, Granthi, Buddhist Monk, Maulvi, Padre) as JCOs (RRT 39 & RRT 40)

Age: For RRT 39: 34-yrs (on Sep 15); For RRT 40: 27-34-yrs (on Oct 1 )

Appln F, Elig & Other Details: Employment News (1-7 Feb).

Art & Design

Mar 3 Centre for Development of Advanced Computing A-34, Industrial Area, Phase-VIII, SAS Nagar, Mohali 160071 (Pb) (Former CEDTI-Mohali, Soc of M/o Comm & IT, GoI)

PG Dip in Animation & Multimedia (Rs 50,000/-)

Elig, Appln F: Send Rs 150/- by DD favouring "Director, C-DAC" payable at Mohali to above add.

Apeejay Institute of Design, (Affl: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar) 54, Tughlakabad, Institutional Area, Mehrauli Badarpur Road, New Delhi-110062

Ph: (011) 26081050, 26089459


May 10 1) Bachelor in Design (Fashion; Textile; Interior; Graphic; Ceramic)

2) Bachelor in Multimedia (Print & Electronic Media Des) (4-yr)

May 20 3) PG Diploma (Interior Deco; Comml Art; Dress Des & Tailoring; Textile Des) (1-yr)

Elig: For 1& 2: Cl 12 (45%). For 3: Bachelor’s Deg.

Appln F: At Counter: Rs 500/- (cash). By post: Rs 550/-.


Feb 20 Central Tool Room & Training Centre, (GoI Soc, Indo-Danish Project), B-36, Chandaka Industrial Area, Bhubaneswar 751024

Ph: (0674) 2320349/2320447

Post Dip in CAD/CAM (1-yr)

Elig: BE/Dip in Mech/Prodn/Tool Engg//Mould Making/Automobile or equiv.

Appln F: Contact Sr. Manager (Training), Admin Office at above add.

Details: Employment News (21-27 Dec ‘02).

Pervin Malhotra, Director, CARING (, New Delhi