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ICAR NET from June 23
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, April 21
There is good news for postgraduate students of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) as the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has decided to conduct its National Eligibility Test (NET) from June 23 to 25, after a gap of almost three years.

Since the test is a pre-requisite for appointment to the post of Assistant Professor in agricultural universities, the students had been waiting for the ICAR to conduct the test.

The test was being postponed by the council for reasons not clearly specified by it, causing frustration among the students.

According to information available with the Controller of Examinations of PAU, Dr S.S. Chahal, more than 900 students of this region will take the test at a centre to be set up on the campus.

While the university had been notified about the dates of the test, the exact schedule of conducting the examination for different subjects had yet not been dispatched, he said.

Dr Darshan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, said the ICAR had been dilly-dallying on conducting the test for a long time, but its recent notification to conduct the test this year had brought cheer to the students.

He said even the university authorities had been finding it difficult to recruitments.

He said a few postgraduate students and research scholars had been given appointments on the condition that they should be able to clear the examination in the first attempt. He said it would be a big challenge for such students for whom disqualification in the test would lead to the termination of their services.

Mr Gurbir Singh Bhullar, a spokesperson for the Punjab Agricultural Students’ Association (PASA), said the students were very happy with the decision of the ICAR to conduct the test this year.

Ms Mandeep Kaur, a final-semester PG student of agrometeorology, said she felt she was lucky as she did not have to wait unlike her seniors. She said since she was in touch with her syllabus, she would not have to put in much effort.

Meanwhile, Dr Chahal said the ICAR would conduct its Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) test on May 23.

He said the university would also be a centre for the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) for admission to the Master’s in Business Management (MBA) for the session 2004-05 to be conducted by the All-India Management Association (AIMA) New Delhi, on May 2. PAU would also be a centre for the CET to be conducted by Punjab Technical University on June 1, he added.



UK teachers visit Wylie School
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 21
As part of a teachers’ exchange programme, two teachers from Aylesbury High School, UK, stayed at Wylie Memorial High School, Brown Road, during a week-long interaction that concluded here today.

Mr Alan Rosen, deputy head teacher, and Ms Naomi Payne Cook, music teacher, held interactions with staff members of the school and worked out aspects of mutual interest. The teachers discussed their syllabi and shared points of similarities and dissimilarities between the two schools.

Teachers of Wylie Memorial High School listen to their counterparts, Ms Naomi Payne Cook and Mr Alan Rosen from Aylesbury High School, UK, during an exchange programme that concluded in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Teachers of Wylie Memorial High School listen to their counterparts, Ms Naomi Payne Cook and Mr Alan Rosen from Aylesbury High School, UK, during an exchange programme that concluded in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photos by Inderjeet Verma

Mr Sunil Pillay, manager of the school, said the link programme had been started with the help of the British Council. He said student and teacher exchange programmes were on with at least 25 schools of the UK. Recently, he said, the school had tied up with Chaigaile School, Kenya.

Mr Pillay said the exercise helped in mutual learning experiences for teachers and helped them share their views on different aspects. He said a few teachers from his school would also visit the UK in the forthcoming summer break as part of the programme.



Two get 10-yr RI
Legal Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 21
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr D.R. Arora, has sentenced two persons — Jaffar and Indervesh of Muzaffarnagar (UP) to undergo 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment for possessing poppy husk. They were ordered to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh each.

Delivering the verdict, Mr Arora held that the prosecution had proved beyond any doubt that the accused were found possessing narcotics.

The judge rejected the plea for leniency made by the accused. The duo was booked under Section 15 of the NDPS Act on February 10, 2001, by the Khanna City police station. Ten bags of poppy husk, each weighing 30 kg, were seized from them.


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