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Farmers begin early paddy cultivation
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 23
With farmers of the district having already prepared nurseries of paddy, ahead of the recommended time, the state government has come out with an appeal against the practice in newspapers only now.

It has become a common practice for the state government to releases advertisements in media, spending lakhs of rupees, appealing farmers to postpone paddy cultivation. The money spent on this campaign goes waste as these advertisements tend to appear only after the cultivation begins.

Ironically, while the advertisements appeared yesterday, most of the farmers had already finished with their paddy cultivation.

The rest are doing so at quick pace. Punjab Agricultural University is yet to advise farmers on preparing paddy nurseries after May 10.

A Ludhiana Tribune team yesterday conducted a survey of some villages, including Chhotti Lalton, Bhanohar, Detwal, Jhande and Baddowal, only to find most of the farmers, who had harvested wheat in the first week of April or even earlier, having already prepared saplings ready to be transplanted. Since harvesting was done ahead of time this year in view of the rise in temperature, the preparation of paddy nurseries also started early.

Paddy cultivation started during the second week of April in the district. Though, farmers were aware of the fact that ground water was being exploited in doing so, they were resorting to the tradition practice of early sowing. Some were even ready to sow double paddy crop.

They argued that the stand of the state government on discouraging the practice was very soft. “If they want to stop it, they should ban the practice and penalise the farmers. If one stops, everybody will stop. Else, the vicious circle would go on,” said a farmer.

“We can take a lead from our neighbouring country, Pakistan, to tackle the problem. The Pakistan radio begins broadcasting warning against early sowing in the first week of April and if a farmer still goes ahead with early sowing, they plough his fields immediately. But it requires a strong will to tackle the situation.”

Jiwan Singh, a farmer of Chhotti Lalton village, said farmers followed each other in the practice of sowing paddy early. “If a farmer in my neighbourhood has already prepared the nursery, I cannot afford to wait for another fortnight. If I do so, I will expose my fields to insect pests.”

He said insect pests emerged on the early-sown crop and by the time his saplings (delayed crop) appeared, the grownup insects were ready feed on his tender saplings.

Moreover, if his neighbour sprayed insecticides on his mature plants, insects would leave his fields and attack another, he added.

“At that time I would not be in the position to spray chemicals because my plants would be too young to tolerate them. So my crop will be more exposed to insect pests,” he said.



MBA aspirants a harried lot
Deepkamal Kaur

Ludhiana, April 23
It is a tough going for MBA aspirants of Punjab. Graduates aiming to pursue MBA courses in colleges within the state will have to take five entrance tests. The candidates will have to purchase as many copies of prospectus, fill in as many forms and send these to varied destinations. In case they qualify all tests and want to keep all choices open, they will also have to appear in five group discussions followed by five interviews.

Students said it was due to the uncoordinated effort on part of universities, which had failed to hold a common entrance test for admission to MBA courses in various colleges of the state. While Guru Nanak Dev University (GND varsity), Punjabi University and Punjab Technical University (PTU) will conduct independent tests, admission to Panjab University will be held through Combined Aptitude Test (CAT) and that to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on the basis of merit attained in Management Aptitude Test (MAT) conducted by the All-India Management Association (AIMA).

Till previous years, the PAU had been conducting independent test. It will be for the first time that admissions will be made on the basis of MAT to be held on May 2. This has brought students some respite since otherwise they had to appear in six tests. Instead, the university has started a new course, Master of Agricultural Business Management (MABM), for its students of BSc Agriculture who will get admission on the basis of a separate test.

The students had been demanding state universities to hold a common admission test like the way it was being done for admission to engineering colleges in Punjab. Students said they had repeatedly written to Vice-Chancellors of various universities demanding some consensus on the issue so that a common test could be held by one university each year on the basis of rotation.

Ramneek Gill, a final semester student of BBA, said in current scenario students were being forced to waste their time, money and effort. She said she had to go through various newspapers daily to look for admission notices of different universities. She said she would have to make a complete list of dates of entrance tests, group discussions and interviews of all universities so that she did not miss any of these.

Vishal Sethi, also an MBA aspirant, said multiple admission notices had resulted in much confusion. He said last month the PTU had advertised to conduct its entrance test on April 25, but with two days left the university had not yet come out with its admission forms. He said even though it was clear that the university was bound to postpone the test, it had yet not advertised about the same, causing confusion among candidates.

When contacted, Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director of the Punjab College of Technical University, said he too had written to the Secretary, Technical Education, and Vice-Chancellors of the universities to hold a common test in the interest of students. He added that many of his students were planning to take eight to 10 tests for MBA admission in the state and outside.



College enters Limca Book of Records
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 23
A mutual fund exercise being managed by students of Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), under the banner of Students’ Welfare Association of PCTE (SWAP), has got it an entry into Limca Book of Records.
The name of the college will feature in the 2005 edition of the book.

The college has become the first B-School of India to get an entry into Limca Book of Records for running the first of its kind of mutual fund ever undertaken by any other business school.

Students of the college have been exposed to the complexities of stock market by investing the pooled amount in various stocks themselves. The SWAP is a society of the students duly registered with the Registrar of Societies and Firms in 1999. Its office-bearers are elected student representatives.

Students have pooled Rs 1,000 each. The students themselves manage the mutual fund by forming three functional groups for investment, accounts and database tracking, with six student executives and faculty members in each group.

A portfolio of scrips is planned and managed by the students, who have themselves been made responsible for all decisions regarding the buying and selling of scrips. They manage all financial activities related to bank account, financial decisions and D-mat account. They have tied up with a broker at National Stock Exchange.

Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director of the college, said the activity was started four years ago with a motive to encourage the students for getting practical experience in the stock market. He said the activity would become a platform for future portfolio managers. He said many students had already started investing their own money in the stock market.

He said any profits earned by the association were being invested in students welfare activities like workshops, seminar, educational tours.

They money contributed by the students is returned to them at the time of their passing out.

Dr Kang said he had sent his entry four years ago to Limca Book of Records. However, the approval had come now after it was ascertained that it was the first of its kind exercise and was being undertaken well by its students for four years continuously.

He said he had recently received a confirmation in this regard from Mr Vijaya Ghose, Editor of the book. Recently, the PCTE had also been declared the best B-School in Punjab by the All-India Management Association (AIMA) survey done in consultation with Business Standards. 



122 medicos awarded degrees
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 23
It was an occasion of joy and pride for graduates of the 1997-98 batch of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital as they were awarded degrees and prizes at the convocation organised at Dumra auditorium here today. The chief guest, Dr K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI, Chandigarh, was welcomed by Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, DMCH. Dr Talwar took a round of the college and Hero DMC Heart Institute.

Dr S.C. Chopra, Dean, Academics, delivered the welcome address at the convocation and introduced the chief guest to the audience. Dr Daljit Singh read the college report and highlighted its achievements. He said to encourage various academic and extra-curricular activities, several committees had been constituted in January.

Dr Chopra said, “Future projects of the DMCH include introduction of new courses like DM/MCh in various disciplines like cardiology and plastic surgery. The preliminary inspection by the state government has already been carried out and an essential-cum-feasibility certificate has been received by the DMCH in this regard. A 78-bedded ICU will start functioning shortly.

The institute is also planning to start a course in B.Sc.-Physiotherapy and Transfusion Medicine for technologists.”

He revealed that the DMCH was concentrating on complete computerisation. Dr Daljit Singh awarded degrees to 122 medicos. The chief guest gave away prizes to students excelling in various subjects.

The gold medal for best graduate was given to Anand Aggarwal of the 1997 batch. Anchal Gupta was declared the best graduate of the 1998 batch. In his convocation address, Dr Talwar urged the fresh graduates to fulfil their duty with dedication.



PAU don discusses foreign markets
Our Correspondent

Ms Gagandeep Banga, Assistant Professor, Department of Business Management, Punjab Agricultural University, delivers a lecture at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology in Ludhiana
Ms Gagandeep Banga, Assistant Professor, Department of Business Management, Punjab Agricultural University, delivers a lecture at the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, April 23
The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Civil Lines, organised a guest lecture for its students of BBA and MBA here today.
Ms Gagandeep Banga, Assistant Professor, Department of Business Management, Punjab Agricultural University, delivered a lecture on ‘Identifying and developing foreign markets’. She emphasised on the need for global localisation in the present business world. 

She elaborated on three domains of international business that include cross-cultural knowledge, country knowledge and cross-border transactions. She talked about various concepts of international marketing such as marketing intelligence, entry modes, driving forces and restraining forces.

Mr Kuldip Singh, Director of the institute, and Prof G.S. Dua, coordinator, thanked Ms Banga for sharing her valuable thoughts with the students.



‘Jashn-e-Baharan’ in city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 23
The Niharika Ladies Club organised a ghazal singing and dance competition, “Jashn-e-Baharan”, at a city hotel here today. It was the sixth in the series of such competitions organised by the club.

Fourteen ladies clubs of the city and large number of Niharika Club members took part in the show. Ms Shaheen, president of the club, initiated proceedings by welcoming the chief guest, Mr Dinkar Gupta, DIG Police, and participants.

The chief guest lit the ceremonial lamp. A welcome song was presented by members of the club. The event was anchored by Ms Shaheen, president of the club, and Ms Karuna Singh, the secretary of the club.


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