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A day of celebrations at schools
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
A musical play, Vision 2020, based on President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s book of the same name, was staged by students of Shefaly Public School and Helianthus Day Boarding School at Laxmi Palace here today.

The students also presented ‘Socho ki Jhilon ka Shahar’ highlighting various ways to solve Kashmir problem. A request was made by the students to the media through an item, Sabse Pehle Sab Se Tej, urging it to report at least one positive event a day and devoting some time to highlight various achievements of the country. The students also sang a patriotic song.

The chief guest of the function was Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, Ms Narinder Kaur, Controller of Examinations, Punjab School Education Board, gave away the prizes to students for academic excellence.

Festivities at SIPS

It was a fun-filled day at Swiss International Public School (SIPS), Model Town, Ludhiana, yesterday. The school organised a function to mark Founder’s Day, Christmas and New Year. Dr L.S. Chawla, former Vice-Chancellor of Baba Farid University, was the chief guest, while the guests of honour were Ms Sobti, Ms Sameera Bector and Ms Pinky Chowdhry.

Dr Chawla inaugurated the function. A welcome dance was presented by tiny tots. A fancy dress competition was also organised.

Pastor Issac Abrahim from Bethel Prayer House, Isanagar, offered blessings to the institute and everyone present. Mementoes were given to children who had won prizes in competition. Principal Daisy Pruthi presented mementoes to the chief guest and guests of honour.

Atam Public School

It was celebration time at Atam Public Senior Secondary School on Wednesday. An Xmas tree was placed in the middle of the school ground. Not one, but many Santas were seen distributing gifts to students. Hundreds of students danced in the playground on the tune ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy New Year’. Parents and staff also joined them later.

Everest School

A function was organised at Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, on Wednesday to mark Christmas. Tiny tots came attired in colourful dresses. Cake and sweets were distributed among children. Ms Asha Sharma, Principal, gave gifts to students. Mr Rajinder Krishan Sharma, President of the Association of Punjab School Education Board affiliated schools of Punjab, spoke on the importance of Christmas.

Blossom Nursery School

Little Blossom Nursery School celebrated its annual day and Christmas on Wednesday. The District Education Officer (Elementary) was the chief guest. A fancy dress show was organised on the occasion. The students also performed Naga dance, Marathi dance and western dance. A beautiful choreography on ‘Aurat Ek Roop Anep’ was also presented.

Pearls School

Pearls Nursery School organised its annual day function on Wednesday. The function began with a fancy dress contest. Girls presented song, Titali Rani. Many competitions were also conducted. The function concluded with a dance party.

Green Land School

Christmas was celebrated at Green Land Public School on Wednesday. Gaiety marked the occasion. The school stage was decorated with Christmas tree, stars and bells. A number of children came dressed as Santa Claus. A fancy dress competition for pre-nursery, nursery and KG students was also organised.

A cultural show comprising dances and songs, was the main attraction.

Teachers and students delivered speeches on the significance of Christmas. The director of the school, Mr Rajesh Rudhra, and the Principal Mr Baldeep Pandher, actively participated in the celebrations.

USPC Jain Public School

Santa visited USPC Jain Public School and blessed the students. Christmas was celebrated with enthusiasm. A Christmas tree, decorated with stars and bells, was the centre of attraction for the kids.

New SMD school

Tiny tots of New SMD Senior Secondary School celebrated Christmas here on Wednesday. Mr K.R. Bhatt, founder of the school inaugurated the function. Dances and songs were presented on the occasion. Santa Claus distributed cookies, pastries and sweets among students.


PAU students’ demands conceded
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
The demands of striking PAU students were accepted by Dean, Post Graduate Studies and Registrar, here this evening. This was stated by Mr Gurbir Singh Bhullar, spokesperson of the PAU Students Union.

The students were protesting against the recent admission policies of the PAU authorities for giving preference to students of other agriculture universities to the PAU students

The Registrar and PG Dean have assured the students that a joint committee of students and authorities would be formed from this session that would decide the criteria of selection for admission to doctorate courses in university.

The students of the PAU had been on strike against the recent admission policies of the university.

Three students who did not get admission in economics, horticulture and extension have been given admission.

The other demands of the students included reverting to old system of submitting fees in cash rather than in drafts. The authorities have given them an option in this regard.


Govt college commerce alumni meet today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
The Government College Commerce Alumni Association, formed to promote interaction amongst old students of the Commerce Department, is celebrating its fourth get together tomorrow.

The function will be marked by an interaction of members followed by songs and dances. On this occasion, Prof V.P. Gaur, chief patron of the association and Principal of the Government College for Boys, Ludhiana, will be honoured.

Arrangements of the function are being made by executive members of the alumni under the chairmanship of Mr Kuldip Singh, SDM, Ludhiana (West).

For enrollment and invitation cards, contact Mobile numbers 98140 01860 and 98141 37172.


Workshop begins at TAC art gallery
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
A two-day workshop on various techniques of painting started at the TAC art gallery here today. About 40 participants, including teachers and students from different colleges and schools, were participating in the workshop.

Mr Ravinder Sharma, a senior lecturer from the Government College of Art, Chandigarh and Ms Karuna Mohindra from the College of Art, Delhi, demonstrated different techniques, including collage making, greeting cards designing, fabric designing and sketching.

Mr Sharma stressed upon the importance of sketching in the development of creativity. He said that as “Riyaz” was important in music, sketching and appreciation were vital for being an artist.

The basic aim of the workshop is to provide a platform to budding artists where they can interact with senior artists.


Annual function of school
Our Correspondent

Amloh, December 24
Teacher should work for the all-round development of students so that they can compete in today's world, said Mr Daya Singh, DEO (S), while addressing the annual prize distribution function of Amloh Public School here yesterday.

Mr Roshan Lal Sood, Principal of Government Secondary School, Narayangarh, and Mr Zora Singh also spoke on the occasion.

The students presented a colourful cultural programme, including choreography by Yogita and Ashish with their respective teams. A giddha and a bhangra were also presented.

Ms Meena Goyal, Principal of the school, read out the annual report.

Toppers were honoured by Mr Daya Singh. Municipal council chief Baldev Singh Aulakh, MC councilors and parents were present at the function. Mr S.P. Goyal presented a vote of thanks. 


Lecture on AIDS

Doraha, December 24
Dr Kiran Soni, a civil surgeon, delivered a lecture on AIDS at the local Guru Nanak National College.

The NSS volunteers were told about the causes and symptoms of the disease and necessary precautions to be taken to prevent AIDS.

Dr Soni said Punjab had registered an increase in the number of HIV positive cases in the recent past. She stressed the need of awareness regarding the disease among the masses, particularly students and the youth. — OC


Court vacation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
The district courts shall remain closed during the winter vaction ranging from December 25 to January 1. Mr Baldev Singh, District and Sessions Judge has made arrangements for entertaining urgent matters during vacation.



Programme on Punjabi culture tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
The Punjabi Culture Study Circle International (PCSCI) and the Punjab Majlis International (PMI) are organising a literary programme on December 26 at the Punjabi Bhavan here to felicitate Mr Safir Rammah, coordinator of America-based Academy of Punjab in North America (APNA).

According to Ms Manu Sharma Sohal, chief coordinator, PCSCI, and Mr Charanjit Singh, Chairperson of PMI, Mr Rammah will be honoured with the award of “Wirsay da Waris” award Dr Jagtar Dhiman and Prof Kulwant Jagraon said that on this occasion, Ms Aisha from the USA, Mr Jaswant Zaffar and Mr Prem Singh Bajaj will also be presented “Sarghi di Loe”, “Kaav Deep” and “Sahit Sagar,” awards respectively, in recognition of their contributions towards the promotion of Punjab and Punjabiat, Punjabi poetry and cartoon art and the conservation of literary collection and the maintenance of the Reference library in the Punjabi Bhavan.

Mr Rammah is a known international figure for his efforts in promoting Punjabi and Punjabiat across the borders through APNA. The meeting would be presided over by Dr Surjit Patar and attended by literary persons from different parts of the state, including NRIs and representatives of different literary organisations.

On this occasion, the first phase report of a comprehensive survey on cultural pollution in Punjab, carried out by Dr Jagtar Dhiman and Mr Manu Sharma Sohal of the PCCI, will also be released. A DVD on a Punjab village, prepared by Canada-based Joginder Kalsi will be presented. Executives of the PCCI and the PMI have urged residents to participate in the function.


Cultural fair organised
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 24
The Second Dilshad Akhtar Memorial Cultural Fair was organised jointly by the CB Welfare Association and the Helpline Youth Club at the main yard of the local grain market on Sunday. Mr Shamsunder, councillor, and Mr Ravinder Kumar, president City Congress, performed the opening ceremony by lighting shama. Mr Jagpaul Singh Khangura, Congress leader, and Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal were guests of honour.

The cultural fair started with religious songs by Razia Dhillon. Dr Kamalpreet Singh Dhillon, IAS, Dr Rajinder Mittal, M.Ch., Mr Dharampaul Sharma and Mr Ravinder Puri, president, Journalist Union, were felicitated for their distinguished performance in their respective fields.

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