Wednesday, May 14, 2003, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


PAU students teach skills to village women 
Asha Ahuja

Bharowal Kalan, May 13
Thirty-six final year students of the Home Science Department of Punjab Agricultural University were exhilarated today as the skills taught by them to about 50 women of Bharowal village, 25 km from Ludhiana, were on display at the local Government Senior Secondary School. The girls have been visiting the village for the past six months and teaching 50 women how to make soft toys, pots, flowers, candles and soap.

Gunveen, Gurpriya and Shivani said, “Every Tuesday we came here by our college bus. We also brought material with us required for teaching these women. We were surprised at the enthusiastic response that we got here. We also taught them block printing and screen printing. We also shared their problems.”

Dr Leela Gupta and Dr Kanwaljeet, programme directors of PAU, said it was at the request of Mr Pritam Singh Bharowal, a resident of the village, that they decided to impart training to these women with the assistance of IFFCO. They said the students also taught these women how to prepare suitable dishes for persons suffering from hyper tension, diabetes and obesity.

They were also taught how to make nutritious low-calorie snacks. Ms Kulwant Kaur, Ms Swaranjit Kaur, Ms Jagbeer, Ms Jinderpal, Ms Ranjit said, “We loved learning how to make cakes, sweets, matthis, ‘ladoos’ etc. We feel now we can earn money by making pickles and through beekeeping. We can make soap and candles. We are more confident after learning new skills. We wish these students could spend some more time with us.”

Dr Ajit Randhawa, officiating Head of Department Extension Education, and Dr S.K. Mann, Dean of Home Science, were behind the whole project. Ms Maan said students also laid emphasis on adult education. She told women not to discriminate between a boy and a girl child. Women were also told about female foeticide. She also urged the women not to seek or give dowry.

Mr K.S. Sangha, Deputy Registrar of District Co-operative, was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Students of the local Government Senior Secondary School participated in a clay modelling competition organised on the occasion.

A model of ‘pakki kothi’ for storage of grains was also on display. Indian Grain Storage Management Research Institute, PAU Campus, had displayed ideal models of iron for storing grains. Mr P.C. Chowdhry showed models of rat traps and a home tool for thrashing maize.



2 PAU officials suspended
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 13
The Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Dr K.S. Aulakh, has placed under suspension Assistant Estate Officer Avinash Kumar Sharma and SDO (Maintenance) Ashok Kumar for allegedly purchasing spurious naphthalene.

According to the Vice-Chancellor they had allegedly purchased 100 kg of naphthalene from the market for Rs 9,692, but it was found to be urea. He said when he got information about it, he ordered analysis of the material at the Biochemistry Department which established that it was not naphthalene.

The report submitted by the Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, observed, “naphthalene is soluble in benzene and chloroform, but insoluble in water. The given sample is insoluble in benzene as well as in chloroform, while it is soluble in water. Therefore, the sample is not of naphthalene”.

The sample was sent to the Soil Department for further analysis which confirmed that ‘ sample provided was urea.’ The Vice-Chancellor has ordered that of the store be sealed.



PAU begins review of research work
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 13
The review of the research work being undertaken in the College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University, for the past 10 years began here today.
A meeting of the review committee comprising Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Dr G.S. Nanda, Director, Research, and Dr J.S. Kolar, Director, Extension Education, held a meeting with Dr Tiwana, Dean, College of Agriculture, and the heads of various departments. A presentation of the list of the research works being undertaken at various outstation centres was also prepared by the college.

The members also discussed about various research projects to be undertaken in the next few years and the budget available with the department. Various facilities required for setting up apparatus as per new techniques were also assessed. The committee had earlier reviewed the research work being undertaken in the Colleges of Basic Sciences and Humanities, the College of Veterinary Sciences and the College of Agricultural Engineering.



Institutes loaded with summer activities
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, May 13
Come summer vacation and it is time to hone your creative skills. And there are lot many activities in store for this season not only for school and college students but also housewives, teachers and professionals.

From specialised art works such as macrame, Tanjore and Madhubani paintings, metal work, mural and candle making, there are simpler activities as well such as gift wrapping, sketching, painting with varied media such as crayons, water, oil and fabric colours, glass painting, pottery work, music and dance. Theme-based cooking classes such as those on Mexican and Italian styles are other attractions this summers.

While majority of the institutes will begin their classes from May 15 onwards, a few of them have already started taking classes. Those attending classes include students who have appeared in Class X and XII as well as those who start their own hobby classes after prior training in such institutes.

Among kids, dance on latest Hindi film songs, acting, cartoon making, sketching, greeting cards making and other crafty ideas continue to be popular like the previous year. Hobby classes will start at Poohs and Tweeties Play School, Gurdev Nagar, from May 15 onwards. Ms Vaneeta, in charge of the school, said batches of 20 to 25 students each would be trained for a period of 20 days.

Ms Harpreet K. Gill, Principal of Chanda Mama Play School and Lovely Lotus Nursery School, said the main attraction of the classes would be story-telling sessions.

Sports, indoor and outdoor games would be another attraction for the kids. Besides, there would dance classes by popular trainer, Amit Verma and Vinay Verma who would train the students for jazz, bhangra and other pop dances, she said. Ms Rosy Chhabra, an artist, would take painting classes, said Ms Gill.

In an effort to try something different, Ms Preeti Garewal of Hollyhock Nursery School, said she would prepare some worksheets for the kids. She said puzzles, riddles and crosswords and similar activities would be there for children.

Ms Manmeet Sodhia from Ivanna Institute said there would courses for young girls for a 20-day, 30-day and two-month period in varied activities such as macrame, pottery work, Tanjore and Madhubani paintings, candle making, mural and mosaic work, textile designing, gift wrapping, home accessories, glassware, etc. For kids, she said, there would be activities such as model making, greeting cards making, dance and music.

However, the main attraction would be “rags to riches” in which kids would be asked to bring waste items from their homes and a decorative or utility item would be created out of the waste, said Ms Sodhia.

Ms S. Nanda, running cookery classes in Gurdev Nagar, said new specialities would be added this time such as Mexican food, Italian food and easy-to-cook vegetables. Besides, she said classes for mocktails, summer drinks, pickles and ice creams that were a big hit last time would also be taken this time.



14 students clear IIT screening test
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 13
At least 14 city students have qualified for IIT screening test, the results of which have been declared on the Internet. Six students are from Kundan Vidya Mandir and for each from DAV Public School and BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School.

The students are Mohit Gogia, Brijesh Narang, Deven Kalra and Manish Gupta, all from DAV Public School. From qualifying students from BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School are Meyank Kukreja, Nitin Makhija, Saurabh Taneja and Ajay Prakash. From Kundan Vidya Mandir, six students are Jasmeet Singh, Varun Jindal, Sahil Kumar, Anant Gandhi, Chetan Arora and Vanish. Ms Neena Khanna, Principal of KVM, said she had learnt that there were two more students who had qualified but she failed to get their names.

Mohit Gogia from DAV Public School said nearly 20,000 students from all over India had been short-listed in the screening test. He said he had appeared for it on April 20 at Jalandhar. Now, he said he was preparing for the final written test to be held on May 25 in Chandigarh.

Principals of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, St Thomas Senior Secondary School and BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School said they were not aware of the results as the students probably did not inform them of their success. Tenders (NIT).



Ex-minister summoned in accident case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 13
Taking up the petition filed by a resident of Katani Kalan village seeking compensation on account of injuries suffered by him allegedly in an accident, Mr S.M.S. Mahal, Additional District and Sessions Judge-cum-Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, has issued summons returnable by June 2, to a former minister, Dr Malti Thapar of Moga.

The petitioner has claimed that on October 1, 2002, he had gone to the house of his friend, Jaswant Singh, at Hiran village. As he was not at his house so then he went towards his mushroom farm. When he reached near the farm, an Esteem car (PB-29-C-0332), being driven by Angrej Singh, came on the wrong side of the road and hit his scooter.

The claimant has alleged that the car was being driven rashly. A criminal case under Sections 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC was registered against the driver of the car at the Sahnewal police station on October 2, 2002. The petitioner had submitted that he suffered fracture on both the legs and his ribs were crushed. He also received injuries on the head. He was admitted to Sidhu Hospital, Doraha. He spent Rs 1.5 lakh on the treatment.

He has demanded a compensation of Rs 5 lakh from the driver Angrej Singh and owner of the car, Dr Malti Thapar.



Police remand for cop, brother
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 13
Constable Santokh Singh and his brother, Kuldeep Singh, who were booked for allegedly beating up a farmer, Harpal Singh, who died on Sunday, were remanded in police custody till May 16 by the court of Civil Judge, Mr Munish Arora, here today. Santokh Singh, who was posted at the City police station, and his brother had surrendered before the police on Monday.



Local ‘Govinda’ dreams big
Our Correspondent

Titu Mahajan Ludhiana, May 13
“Govinda, Govinda”, chanted the crowd following Titu, a look alike of Govinda. Titu Mahajan never thought that he had resemblance to film star Govinda till people in Delhi, where he went for business, and in Ludhiana started calling him ‘Govinda’.

Thirty something Titu was born and brought up in Ludhiana. Once he was convinced that he was a Govinda look alike, he started dreaming of becoming an actor. Govinda of Punjab hopes to make it big in Bollywood, now that he has studiously modelled himself like the original Govinda.

In an interview with Ludhiana Tribune, Titu said for the past two years he has consciously styled himself after Govinda and all this effort has paid dividends. He has been given modeling assignment for leather jackets made by a Ludhiana-based company.

In Mini Olympics held at Kila Raikot, he had created quite a sensation when he rode an exercising bicycle for advertisement. The children in the crowd surged forward for his ‘autographs’. “It was a wonderful feeling to be mobbed”, says Titu.

“After this episode I have bought clothes similar to those worn by Govinda. I wear the same style ‘glares’. I see all his movies to catch his ‘gait’, his way of talking, and his mannerism. I am soon going to participate in an episode of “Khul ja Sim-Sim”, a game show. Then of course my greatest ambition is to act with Govinda. I plan to go to Mumbai and try to get some roles.”

His confidence has grown tremendously ever since he got recognition. Though he is still pursuing his family business of ‘iron’, his heart is in the films. A father of two, Titu says, he and his wife Madubala and relatives feel proud of his new found status. Even his neighbours call him ‘our hero Govinda’.

The other day while he was watching some sporting action in Patiala, a Zee TV team spotted him in the crowd and immediately came to interview him. “That was a moment to cherish. They really thought I was Govinda.”


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