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Teacher apologises, students call off stir
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
The confrontation between students and the authorities of the S.C.D. Government College for Boys over the beating up of a B.Sc. non-medical student by a teacher yesterday ended on a peaceful note today when the teacher concerned apologised in front of hundreds of students on the college premises.

The students had boycotted classes today also but decided to call off the strike in the late afternoon after the teacher apologised. She was accompanied by the college Principal, Ms Indra Bhatia, who also regretted the behaviour of certain other teachers who were allegedly rude with the students yesterday.

The college authorities have also agreed to shift the teacher to some other class. They have accepted the students’ demand of being taught by a former teacher.

The students would attend classes tomorrow and have withdrawn their demand for the suspension of the teacher concerned. Gurpreet Singh, president of the Students Union, said the strike had been called off as the students had accepted the teacher's apology. He said the students held the teachers in high esteem and would continue to do so.

Earlier in the day, the students gathered in the college grounds and organised a massive rally, demanding suspension of the teacher or stringent action against her. The number of students was more than yesterday. They did not spill over the agitation outside the college premises and kept their promise made to the district police.

The confrontation began yesterday morning when a woman teacher of mathematics slapped a student thrice for not behaving properly and not learning his lessons. The student was allegedly laughing while the teacher asked him a question.

The young ad hoc teacher had recently joined the college and was allegedly being harassed by students, who were insisting to be taught by a former teacher.

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Students told the benefits of trees
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 18
Students and teachers celebrated vanmahotsava at Government Senior Secondary School here today. The chief guest was Dr Piara Singh Chah, president of the Parent-Teacher Association.

Dr Rakesh Kumar, Chief of Landscape and Floriculture told the students about the benefits of trees. He said planting trees was the best way to control pollution. He said if the present generation wanted healthy environment, trees had to be planted by everyone.

The Principal, Mrs Gurdip Kaur, spoke on "Ek Rukh-Sau Sukh.’’ Vice-Principal Rajinder Kumari also spoke on the unlimited advantage of planting trees.

A painting competition on environment was also organised. Members of the Eco-Club and Horticulture planted saplings.

Mr Jagdev Singh sang songs related to environment. Members of the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan attended the function. Mrs Gurcharan Kochar compered the show. 

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PU poll campaign hots up
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, August 18
The campaign for the elections to the Senate of Panjab University, Chandigarh, scheduled for September 19, has gained momentum. The contest in the graduate constituency seems to be quite tough as 15 members are to be elected out of 37 contestants.

Dr Mukesh Arora, a Syndicate member of the university and senior lecturer at S.D. Government College, Ludhiana, is contesting the election for the third time after winning it twice in a row with a thumping margin.

Addressing a crowded press conference in Machhiwara, Dr Arora said his aim was to ensure more vocational colleges for Punjab with the help of fellow Senators. After winning in 1996, Dr Arora had successfully fought the elections in 2000 and is presently a member of Syndicate of the university.

Before the press conference, Dr Arora held a meeting with his supporters.

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Engg students boycott classes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
Students of BTech, 5th semester, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, yesterday joined the ongoing statewide strike of students by boycotting classes in protest against a recent policy decision of Punjab Technical University which threatens loss of an academic year of the students.

The students have been demanding another chance for the 5th semester students who could not clear the examinations of the previous semester. The students took out a demonstration in the college against the college authorities who were allegedly not displaying the results of last semester.

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Gun-wielding youth causes scare in college
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 18
The presence of a gun-wielding unidentified youth, who was neither a student nor a teacher at the S.C.D. Government College for Boys today at the time of the students’ strike, has caused a scare among students as well as the teaching fraternity.

The youth, who was frisked by cops, but let off after he showed an arms licence, came to the college yesterday too.

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New NSUI office-bearers
Our Correspondent

The new team of NSUI members after their names were disclosed at a press conference in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
The new team of NSUI members after their names were disclosed at a press conference in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo IV

Ludhiana, August 18
The office-bearers of the district unit of the NSUI were elected at a meeting held here yesterday. Parminder Singh of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, and Hardeep Singh Brar of Government College have been appointed vice-presidents. Gurjit Singh of Guru Nanak Engineering College and Dilpreet Singh of Kamla Lohtia College have been appointed general secretaries.

Inderjit Singh has been appointed media secretary and Harjot Singh Sidhu e secretary. Gursimran Singh has been appointed adviser and Simranjot Singh Sood joint secretary.

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Teachers’ meeting on August 21
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 18
The annual meeting of the Punjab Pradesh Teachers Union will be held at Arya Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, on August 21. This was stated in a press note by Mr Ajit Singh, press secretary of the union, here today. Members of the state committee, presidents and general secretaries of districts would participate to elect the working committee for a term of two years.

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