Sunday, July 20, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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Bridge to your future abroad
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
“Education in Australia is the second largest industry, the first being tourism. Demand for foreign expertise in hospitality industry is huge in Australia. We cannot change the dreams of people who want to go abroad. Many young people are unfortunately duped by travel agents in their keen desire to go abroad. In the bargain, at times, they lose their hard-earned money and many a times, their lives too.

“Use of education is a legitimate and legal pathway to immigration. But even in education, students have to be guided as to which skills are needed and should be selected and which skills are not in demand. Hospitality is a growing business. If students take admission in Certificate III in hospitality from the Graduate Institute for Further Education (GIFE), they get 60 points from a total of 115 points needed for permanent residency in Australia. The GIFE is showcasing one pathway of going to Australia in a legitimate manner,” said Mr Victor Jeffery, an expert on Australian immigration at a seminar organised by the Graduate Institute for Further Education on “Hospitality Industry and its Future in Australia” on July 19, 2003, at Hotel Park Plaza here.

Replying to a question that education abroad was causing brain drain in India, he replied, “We cannot stop the flood of young persons wanting to go abroad, but at least through education, the students will legitimately reach foreign shores and will not be duped by unscrupulous travel agents. Tourism is a major industry in Australia. When people come they have to eat too. So a certificate in hospitality will help students find placements. But they can always switch their jobs once they collect 115 points and gain permanent residence. The first year, one can study in India and later the GIFE, an Australia recognised institute (one year of study /training), will enable students to continue studies for a diploma in hospitality management at Melbourne, Australia.

Mr Harry Panchi, founder of the GIFE in Australia, while addressing the seminar said the GIFE was the first institute of Australian education in India. This branch of the GIFE had been opened in India for the benefit of students who wished to go to Australia. The students of this institute would be able to get placements globally after the successful completion of this course. The GIFE would also help clear the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) required for immigration to Australia.

Mr Devinder, present at the seminar, said he had gone to Australia in 1998. After getting a diploma in marketing, he found that he had earned only 40 points. He shifted to the hospitality course run by the GIFE, gained points and had switched back to marketing.

Mr R.L. Rekhy, a well-known personality in the field of hospitality, informed the students that the GIFE, India, was equipped with all kinds of facilities of international standards. Besides a faculty from all over India, faculty from Australia would also train students.

Mr Jeferry further told the students that 115 points were required for a permanent resident status in Australia. The students who would complete this course successfully would get 60 points and five points for Australian education.

Sqn Ldr Devinder Dhami, one of the directors of the GIFE, informed the students while addressing the seminar that Asian cookery had very good scope in the international hospitality industry. The students would get training keeping in view the international standards. The GIFE had received good response from students in these seminars.

As many as 150 students and their parents attended the seminar. An exam was also conducted to select students for admission in this course. Fortyfive students have already passed the exam.

The board of directors said the GIFE may start a GIFE branch in Ludhiana keeping in view the good response they had received during these seminars in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana.



Training mentally challenged kids
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
On the reopening of Nirdosh School, Sarabha Nagar, for mentally challenged children on July 17, Mrs Rekha Munjal, chairperson, Mrs S Khanna, co-chairperson and Mrs Madhu Khosla, President of the Inner Wheel Club, along with other members of the club, were present to accord a hearty welcome to the students after the vacations.

Nirdosh school looks after the training of more than 30 mentally challenged children and wants to equip them with skills so that in spite of their handicap, they become useful members of society by becoming self-reliant. Viewed in this light, the offer of the NIFD to support these children is laudable.

Members of the Inner Wheel Club manage the finances of this unique school and supervise the day-to-day working of the school.Gradually they have brought a lot of changes by introducing new vocational courses, including computer courses.

The Director and the Administrator of the National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD) Ludhiana, especially came to visit and extend the NIFD’s support to the school.

The NIFD has adopted five students for studies and has announced regular workshops to be held at Nirdosh School to equip at least a few children with vocational training.



Teachers’ transfers flayed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
The Punjab Government College Teachers Association has condemned the largescale transfers of college teachers which, it said, were a clear and blatant violation of the transfer policy of the state government. The policy envisages to keep the transfers to the barest minimum, but 90 teachers out of a total of nearby 1,400 have been transferred and many more transfers are said to be in the offing.

The transfer policy of the government requires to give stations of choice to unmarried girls and widows. But an unmarried woman teacher who had demanded Patiala has been sent to Patti. A widow from Mohali has been sent to Ropar in violation of the policy.

The president of the association has been ordered to be transferred from Patiala to Nial Patran in so-called ‘public interest’. There is no student at Nial Patran of his subject, maths. A lecturer teaching postgraduate classes of geography in a college where there is already a shortage of teachers has also been transferred.



BCM School honours its achievers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
To honour its achievers, the management and staff of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, organised a function to mark the toppers’ day today.

The function started with Saraswati Vandana, followed by prize distribution to winners. Pass-out students of Classes XII and X who had secured top three positions in their classes and scored highest marks in each subject, were given prizes. Besides, there were five such students who were honoured for getting selected in top institutes of the country on the basis of various entrance tests.

Among the Class X students, Dilraj Singh, Harpreet Singh and Yuvraj Dhir received prizes for standing first, second and third, respectively, in the school. Dilraj had also topped in Punjabi. Juhee Aggarwal, Jatin Loomba, Sumit Kaul and Dilraj topped in mathematics with 100 per cent marks. Prerna Dixit, Jaya Arora, Tamanna Dhillon and Poonam were honoured for getting the best score in English, science, social studies and Sanskrit, respectively.

Among the Class XII students, Mayank Kukreja was honoured for getting the topmost rank among non-medical group students. He was also among the five city boys to get selected in IIT. In entrance test conducted by the Delhi College of Engineering (DCE), he had obtained first rank (outside Delhi).

Poonam Sahni was honoured for standing first among commerce students. She had also topped in her school in business studies and accountancy. Swini Khosla had stood first in economics and Shaman Bhardwaj had topped among the medical group students. Among the arts group students, Akshi Sood and Kawaljit Kaur shared the prize for getting the maximum aggregate marks.

Saurabh Taneja was honoured for getting selected in civil engineering in IIT, New Delhi. He had also been selected for National Defence Academy. He had cleared All-India Enginering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) with 10th rank in Punjab. He had cleared DCE with 79th rank. Subjectwise top prizes went to Akshi Sood for fine arts, Deepika Madaan for chemistry, Rakhi Nayyar for English, Gaganpreet Kaur for biology, Sumit Bhatia for business studies, Priyanka Mahendroo for political science, Nupur Chhabra for music, Deepika Aggarwal for home science and business studies, both Tania Kareer and Aditi Trehan for physical education and Saurabh Mehra for computer science. Deepika Madaan and Ajay Prakash Yadav were also given prizes for clearing Punjab-PMT and CET, respectively.

After the prize distribution, a cultural programme comprising various group songs, plays and dance items was presented by the school students. Ms Paramjit Kaur, Principal, congratulated the prize winners on their success and wished them good luck for their career.



Students to hold dharna on July 24
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
Protesting against the proposals of fee hike and privatisation of industrial training institutes (ITIs), the Punjab Students’ Union has decided to hold a dharna on July 24.

Stating this in a press note, Mr Harpreet Jeerakh, state president, said members would continue to protests till all anti-students’ policies are withdrawn by the Punjab Government.

He said families from lower income group or rural areas were the most affected as many of them now hesitated in sending their children for higher education.

He said low admissions, especially in postgraduate courses in college, were a clear indication to this.

Mr Jeerakh said the members were also protesting against the move to privatise the ITIs which helped the rural children to learn skills in various vocational courses for entrepreneurship as well as private jobs. He said if such institutes would be privatised, the fee structure would be increased and the students would get deprived of acquiring such skills as well.

The students’ president said all district headquarters would hold dharnas on July 24. In Ludhiana, Mr Hardev Singh, a member from Moga, would lead the students for rally-cum-dharna on that day, he said.

Appreciating the decision to empower seven to 10 teachers in each private college for attestation of forms of their students, Mr Jeerakh said earlier many private colleges were fleecing the students by charging fee from them for getting the forms attested but such a practice would no longer be possible and the students would be saved from unnecessary harassment.



Jasdeep tops in PU
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
Jasdeep Kaur, a student of the Government College for Women, Ludhiana, has secured the first position in Panjab University in MA (instrumental music) examination conducted this year.

Jasdeep has secured 622 marks out of the total 800. She is followed by Rachna Mittal, a student from the same college, who has scored 617 marks and has stood second in the university.

A resident of Baddowal, Jasdeep had received roll of honour as well as college colour for her achievements in music. She was a member of kirtan and dhadhi jatha of the college. One of her programmes was also recorded by DD Punjabi and telecast on June 24 and July 8 this year. She said she enjoyed playing sitar and received inspiration from her uncle, Mr Kuldip Singh.

Aiming to become a lecturer in the subject, Jasdeep said she would now opt for PhD in instrumental music at Panjab University.

She said her younger sister, Harmeet Kaur, was doing MA (vocal music) in the same college while her younger brother, Jasmeet Singh, was studying in Class XII and was a sarangi master.



CFC students plant 100 saplings
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 19
As a part of the environment conservation programme, students of CFC Public School, BRS Nagar, planted 100 saplings on the campus here today.

The students were told to get one sapling each of different varieties of herbs, shrubs, ornamental and flowering plants from their homes. The response was overwhelming as they showed a great zeal in the activity. In the morning, the students themselves prepared the beds and planted all 100 saplings today.

Dr Daniel Abraham, Director of the CFC, appreciated the efforts of the students and urged them to take care of the saplings. He told them to hold such a drive at their homes and surroundings as well to keep the environment clean and green.

Ms Mary Kouth, Principal, laid stress on reducing environmental pollution. She told them not to litter and keep the surroundings clean and hygienic.



Ailing litigants call for speedy justice
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, July 19
Sore over the inordinate delay in the settlement of pending cases which make them going round in circles in the local courts, the litigants, particularly those suffering from various ailments, feel that they were entitled for speedy justice in view of their poor health. They find it beyond them to keep visiting the trial courts, where several of their cases are pending for years, which otherwise should have been decided within one year as per the law.

Mr Sukhdev Raj Jain, a senior citizen and president D.D.Jain College for Women while narrating his experiences said that Section 138 of Negotiable Instrument Act was enacted in order to provide speedy justice (cases to be decided within year) for the cases against defaulters who issue cheques to clear their liabilities, but the cheques have bounced. It was unfortunate that those cases are kept lingering on for three-four years in the trial courts. “I am a heart patient and sometimes I have to stand for more than six hours for hearing. In the scorching heat and suffocating atmosphere, I feel being punished. I, being a complainant, am supposed to be there all the time whereas the accused are free to appear even at 4 pm and have the provision to get adjournment. Being suffering from hypertension and blood pressure, I feel disturbed and helpless. The honourable courts should understand our plight”, sad Jain.

Mr Jain said that same was the case with complainant’s bank witnesses. They keep on waiting till evening at times. There are so many formalities and lengthy procedures involved before awarding any punishment. Such procedures should be cut short through suitable amendments in the legal system.

Another septugenarian, Mr Satpal Khanna, said that the ailing litigants should be taken care of. “The newly constructed courts are housed in a huge complex. People like us have no other choice but to climb the stairs upto fifth storey. “We can not do much but to appeal the concerned not to delay the judgements, which can be decided at once. I have been advised by my doctors to avoid exertion. There are no lifts in the courts. In the absence of proper seating arrangement, we have to stand for hours”, said Mr Khanna.

Dr Gursharan Singh, president of the district unit of Indian Medical Association, said that repeated hearing arguments could cost dear to heart patients. “The senior citizens already show signs of weakness due to their age factor. Repeated arguments could cause hypertension and increased palpitation. But honourable Courts have to note down the versions of both the sides, which obviously require time. But there can be some provisions for the senior citizens, keeping in mind their age and poor health”, suggested Dr Gursharan.


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