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IGNOU emerges as a global leader
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 16
Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) has emerged as a global leader in the field of distance education. However, this year the Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU, Prof H.P. Dixit, will not chair the international network of mega universities of the world. The next world summit of mega universities will be hosted in 2005 by Indira Gandhi National Open University with Prof H.P. Dixit, as its chairperson.

While giving this information, Dr Umesh Chandra Pandey, Regional Director, IGNOU, for Punjab and Chandigarh said, “This was decided in the two-day global summit of mega universities, that is universities with largest enrolment of students in the world, at Shanghai, China. This summit was organised in response to UNESCO call for international cooperation between China’s National Commission of UNESCO, China Central Radio and Television University, Shanghai Distance Education Group, Shanghai Television Universities and UNESCO Headquarters. The Vice-Chancellors of Mega Universities of the Countries, like China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Pakistan, Spain, South Africa, Thailand. Turkey, the United Kingdom and the USA participated in the summit.”

Dr V.C. Pandey further said IGNOU had now more than 10 lakh students on its rolls which constituted 12.5 per cent of the total enrolment in the higher education. IGNOU had successfully demonstrated that distance education could effectively respond to the demand of higher education. The university took care in delivering qualitative academic services. “This is precisely the reason why achievements of IGNOU have been recognised at the international platforms,” Dr Pandey said.

He further said IGNOU’s video teleconferencing programmes through Gyan Darshan, a TV channel, and radio counselling in collaboration with AIR had gained popularity over the past few years.

Dr Pandey said, “The main aim of the summit as per UNESCO’s call was to develop a worldwide network called Global Mega Universities Net (GMUNET) to promote mutual understanding and academic solidarity and explore ways and means of cooperation between mega universities. The challenges as well as opportunities facing distance and open learning system were also discussed in the summit.”

After the two day deliberations, some major decision were announced and the 2003 Shanghai Declaration was signed by the Presidents and Vice-Chancellors of the Mega Universities all over the world. It was decided that a worldwide network called Global Mega University Net (GMUNET) would be established to promote mutual understanding and academic solidarity and the office-bearers would meet once in every two years. The areas of priorities for cooperation include open and distance learning (ODL), curriculum development; surveys of fluctuating market demand, curricular structure, contents and features, employment of experts, team-work, cost effectiveness, copyright, ICT, including strategies in the use of ICT, Joint courses and programmes at certificate and degree or non-degree levels between participating mega universities. It was also decided to exchange information and best practice on quality assurance and quality mechanism and to provide a forum of exchange of ideas, staff and development in research.



Maur group sweeps PAU union poll
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 16
In a clean sweep, the Maur group defeated the rival group with a comfortable margin in the PAU Employees Union elections whose results were declared this afternoon. All candidates of Maur-Amrit group, led by Mr D.P. Maur, defeated their rivals from the Mr Mahindroo group. The winners include D.P. Maur, (president), P.S. Gill (senior vice-president), Gulzar Singh (senior vice-president), Satpal Sharma and Charanjit Singh Grewal (vice-president), Amritpal (general secretary), Gurmukh Singh (treasurer), Joginder Ram and J.L. Narang (secretaries I and II respectively).

Those elected as joint treasurer I and II, organising secretary I and II and propaganda secretary I and II are, Somnath Sharma, Iqbal Singh, Gurmail Singh Tung, Ajmer Singh, Baldev Singh Walia and Daan Singh respectively.

Mr Maur has been elected president of the Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union for the fifth consecutive time. He defeated his arch rival Mr Ashok Mahindroo by a margin of 74 votes.

The scene on the campus turned into celebrations when the Maur group emerged victorious.

Meanwhile, Mr Maur said he would work to get the pending demands which included a time-bound promotion policy for the non-teaching employees, implementation of G-IV for leftover categories, implementation of 2:1 ratio for lab attendants, filling of promotional posts of technical staff, filling of other vacant posts of all categories as per sanctioned strength to reduce burden on the employees. His leadership would extend all possible help to laboratory attendants to win a court case for parity, he added.

While recounting his achievements under his leadership, he claimed that secretariat pattern had been got implemented for the benefits of special allowance for clerks revising from Rs. 40 to Rs 80, senior assistants from Rs 80 to Rs 160, senior scale Stenographers Rs 80 to Rs 240, stenotypists Rs 50 to Rs 120, drivers Rs 350 to Rs 700 and for tractor drivers Rs 250 to Rs 500.

He further claimed that arrears worth lakhs were disbursed to the technical staff under G-IV pattern and 1,700 employees benefited. Incentive increments on account of good work, improvement of qualification and passing the departmental examination were also implemented which were withheld by the Audit Department for a number of years. The 63-day agitation period of 1996 was regularised from the Board of Management without deduction of leave or salary. Fee concession for the wards of the employees studying in the PAU had been got implemented from the management which had benefited hundreds of employees. For the promotion from the post of Superintendent to that of Administrative-cum-Accounts Officer and Accounts Officer, experience has been reduced from three years to two years resulting in promotions to senior employees.



GNPS kids celebrate gurpurb
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 16
Devotion, zeal and fervour marked the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev which was celebrated at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, here today. Akhand path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib began on November 14 and bhog of Akhand Path was performed today. It was followed by recitation of poems, shabads, sakhis, and speeches on the first guru’s life by students from Classes 1 to XII.The students and staff recited 50, 811 Japji Sahib paths as a tribute to the first guru of the Sikhs.

The students took part in Kanth Bani competition and those who recited ‘banies’ were given prizes by Mr Jagat Singh, secretary, School Managing Committee. Rishneet recited 33 banies. Guru ka langar was served and was relished by one and all.

Sister Helima, Principal, Sacred Heart Convent School, lights the ceremonial lamp at annual day function
Sister Helima, Principal, Sacred Heart Convent School, lights the ceremonial lamp at annual day function organised on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

Prize distribution: The first prize distribution function was organised at Bharatiya Vidya Mandir School , Chandigarh Road here yesterday. The Chief Administrator of PUDA, Mr Suresh Kumar, was the chief guest while Mr Miter Sen, president, Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Trust, was present on the occasion.

Ms Ranjit Kaur, Principal of the School, read out the annual report and highlighted the achievements of the students. Ms Shelly Sharma had anchored the entire programme that included dances , songs and skits.

Celebrated: Saplings Nursery School, Rajguru Nagar, celebrated its annual function here yesterday. Sister Helima, Principal, Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, presided over the function.

The welcome address was read out by the Principal, Ms Kitty Bakshi. The tiny tots presented a lively and colourful show. The toddlers danced to the tunes of ‘Chun Chun Chya’, ‘Boogie Woogie’ and ‘Old McDonald’.

Function: Tagore Public School celebrated its annual prize distribution function here today. Lala Lajpat Rai, MP, was the chief guest.

Invocation of Saraswati vandana marked the function. More than 200 students participated in Bhangra, folk dances and pop dances. Regional dances symbolising unity won the maximum applause. The tiny tots presented special items and looked adorable in their costumes. A synchronised presentation of ball dance was liked.

Ms Manju Parkash, Principal, highlighted the school’s achievements in the annual report. She said 40 students had been admitted to medical and engineering colleges.

The chief guest released the school souvenir ‘Jyotipunj’. Mr Govind Ram Bansal, Mr Chaman Lal Gupta , Mr Janak Raj Garg, members of school management, were also present on the occasion.



Tagore International celebrates annual day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 16
Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, State Minister for Jails, Housing and Urban Development, feels that the educational institutions should lay more stress on spreading quality education in the rural areas, which is the real service to the society.

Mr Birmi was-addressing a well attended gathering on the occasion of the annual day function of Tagore International School at Sanhewal, 15 km from here, last evening.

Referring to the deteriorating standard of education in the rural areas, he said for the harmonious development of society, It must be improved. The minister said that the state government was committed to providing excellent infrastructure facilities in all parts of the state. For this purpose, funds amounting to Rs 1500 crore were being spent.

He said with the implementation of the strict financial measures, the pace of fast development has been started in the state and the current financial year was being celebrated as the development year. He said the international-level financial institutions were coming forward to finance the development in the state and the World Bank has agreed to sanction Rs 4000 crores for Punjab.

He said cultural programmes played an important role in sharpening talent among the students. Appreciating the performance of the school during a short period of just two years, Mr Birmi said education was not merely reading the books and passing examinations. It helped develop an integrated personality of a student. It enabled a student to give expression to his talent. Competitions gave a chance to the students to bring out hidden talents.

He congratulated the students for their excellent achievements in extra-curricular activities.

Mr Birmi stressed upon the improvement of standard of education and asked the teachers to inculcate discipline and the spirit of competition among students.

He announced a grant of Rs 50,000 for the school building.

Among others who addressed the function were Mrs Renu Singh, Principal, and Mr. Harbans Lal, Chairman of the school. On this occasion, schoolchildren presented a beautiful cultural programme.



Rotary Club holds family utsav
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 16
The Rotary International District — 3070 organised a family utsav where Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, was the chief guest. Mr Johar appreciated the role and contribution of the organisation serving the weaker section of society. He commended the good work undertaken by Rotarians like blood donation, pulse polio and eye camps. He said more such bodies should join to help the downtrodden and the deprived.

Swami Subodhan delivered the key-note address. He said NGOs could help improve the living conditions of the downtrodden and the poor and in this respect the Rotary Club was doing a commendable job. Mrs Anita Punj highlighted the importance of educating girls. Mr Atamjit Singh, Mr Ravi Thapar, Mr Arun Bhalla, Mr Harish Singhla, Mr Chetan Singh Johar and Mr Jagdish Marwaha were also present on the occasion, besides a large number of Rotarian members with their families.

Students’ show: To participate in the forthcoming Sangrur-Zone youth festival, selected students presented a variety show comprising bhangra, giddha, poetical-recitation, declamation, debate, quiz, folk songs, etc. at Shanti Tara College, Ahmedgarh, here yesterday. Mr Arvind Malhotra was the chief guest. Principal Inder Mohan stressed the importance of fine arts and heritage and urged the students to perform well.

Children’s Day celebrated: The Rotary Club, Ludhiana North, along with members of Government College for Women celebrated Children’s Day with the inmates of Swami Vivekanand Vridh Ashram, Model Town, on November 14. More than 50 Rotractors and Rotarians participated in the function. The senior citizens were delighted watching cultural programme.



ABVP honours 140 students
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 16
The local unit of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today organised Pratibha Samman Samaroh. On this occasion the ABVP honoured the students who had in their classes. About 140 students from 13 local colleges were honoured today. Mr Jaykrishan Chauhan, Director, Panjab University, Law College, Ludhiana, was the chief guest. Mr Madan Bassi from the Suraj Udyog was the special guest.

Mr Ashok Kumar Juneja, Chairman, Punjab Taxation Bar Association presided over the function.

Speaking on the occasion Mr Sushil Sharma, Secretary,Punjab unit of the ABVP, said the ABVP was working in the field of education since 1949.



City couple sets up art gallery
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 16
Mr M.C. Munjal, Managing Director, Majestic Auto, and president, Rotary Club of Ludhiana Midtown, inaugurated the TAC Art Gallery at Rajguru Nagar here last night. The art gallery has been set up by a city resident, Mr Dinesh Mohindra, and his artist wife, Karuna.

The inaugural exhibition of paintings, graphics and sculptures included works of Jivan Adalja, S.K. Sahni, K. Damadaran, M.K. Puri, Surjit Kaur, Bheem Malhotra, Jaspal S, Ashwani Verma, Nirmal Prakash, Kalicharan Gupta, Karuna Mohindra, Jaswinder Singh, Bishan Bhardwaj and Sadhna Sangar. The works of arts ranged form the realistic to the abstract.

Besides, works of Prem Singh, a former principal of Government Art College, Chandigarh, were also on display.

Ms Mohindra said: “Mr Prem Singh has been the motivating force behind the opening of the art gallery. Karuna is a graduate from College of Art , New Delhi, and MA in History of Art from Panjab University. She intends to set up an art emporium where books, journals, portfolios, picture postcards, colour reproductions, print portfolios and monographs on art published in the country and abroad would be displayed.

Mr Mohindra said since he frequently visited Africa in connection with his business, he would bring African artists’ works to India as they were keen to display their works here.

The exhibition will be on till November 27 and will open daily between 11 am and 7.30 pm.


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