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End to education commercialisation stressed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 8
The commercialisation of education is going to spell doom for higher education in the near future. Moreover, education has lost its sheen and sacredness. There is politicisation and commercialisation of education. This was stated by Dr Manmohan Singh, former Secretary, Higher Education, while giving awards to retired academicians at a function arranged by the Rotary Club (North) at D.D. Jain College here today.

Dr Manmohan Singh came out strongly against the quota system prevalent today. He urged all to seriously consider changes in the present education system. Earlier, Dr (Mrs) Chander Mohini, Principal, welcomed all.

Mrs Indira Bhatia, Principal, Government College for Women, Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal, Arya College for Boys, and Prof Bawa Singh, former Vice-Chairman, National Committee for Minorities, were the guest of honour. The citation presentation and oration were done by Prof L.S. Bedi and Ms Vandini Sood, respectively.



From Schools & Colleges
When little ones played Lord Krishna
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 8
Janmasthmi was celebrated at Baby’s World yesterday. Little boys came dressed as Lord Krishna and girls dressed up as gopis and Mirabai. The children enjoyed cake and sweets on the occasion. Janmasthmi was also celebrated at Master Tara Singh College. Mr Satnam Singh Ahuja, councillor, Ludhiana, presided over the function as the chief guest. Mr Swaran Singh, president of the managing committee, Mr Kawal Inder Singh and various members of the managing committee were also present. The college was decorated on the occasion. Students presented a colourful programme.

Principal Madanjit Kaur Sahota, highlighted the rich cultural heritage of India. The function concluded with the rendering of National Anthem.

Sapling plantation

The NCC cadets (19 Pb Battalion, Ludhiana) of Anand Isher Senior Secondary Public School planting saplings on the school campus under a project. The school Principal and members of the staff were also present.

The project will be completed in five phases. It is being supervised by Lieut-Col V. Mullick and two members of his staff. Four villages have been chosen for the project — Latala, Chhapar, Khera and Barundi.


Twelve students of BNSM College of Technical Education, Alamgir, participated in “Mulakatein aur Bhi Hain”, a seminar organised by the Rotract Club, Pathankot at Dharamsala. Simranjit Kaur of BCA-II was crowned Miss Inter-City and also won first runner-up award in solo dance. The college Rotract Club won the maximum registrations award. The chief guest, Ms Beena Mishra, district governor, Rotary Club, spoke on the occasion.


Smile playway celebrated Janmashtmi with great fanfare. The students dressed up as Krishnas and danced with girls dressed as gopis.



A day of celebration at Guru Nanak institute
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 8
The campus of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here was dazzling with colour and festivity as students celebrated Freshers’ Day yesterday. Senior students of the GNIMT organised cultural activities to welcome freshers of under-graduate and postgraduate courses. The chief guest on this occasion was Dr V.K. Sharma, Registrar, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

The function was organised under the aegis of the ISTE, Students’ Chapter of GNIMT.

A cultural extravaganza comprising dance, music, mimicry items captivated the audience. The highlight of the day was the Ms Fresher as Mr Fresher contest in which boys and girls vied for the titles. The ramp came alive as contestants sashayed down in their scintillating attire.

They gave a tough time to judges for deciding the winners. A question round tested general knowledge of contestants. Clear winners emerged during this round. Separate rounds were held for the under-graduate and postgraduate courses.

In the under-graduate courses, Rachna Kapoor of BBA was declared Ms Fresher while Saurabh Pabreja of BBA won the title of Mr Fresher. Rewa Bhardwaj and Gagan Grover, both BBA students, were declared first Runners’ up in girls and boys, category, respectively. Inderpreet Kaur of BCA and Veerinder Pratap Basant of BBA were second runner up. Vimandeep Kaur and Aditya, both from BCA, were declared Ms and Mr Well-Dressed, respectively.

In the postgraduate courses, Rashmi Rajpal of MBA was adjudged as Ms Fresher while Amil Kaur of MCA was declared Mr Fesher. Navneet Grewal of MCA and Jasdeep Singh of MBA were declared first runner up in girls and boys respectively.

Kanika Tangri and Bhasker were second runner-up. Swarnjeet Kaur and Jasleen Singh of MBA were declared Ms and Mr Well Dressed respectively.

From Colleges


Seminar held: Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, organised a seminar on “Corporate government practices in India” on Tuesday.

It was organised by the Commerce Association of the college in collaboration with the Ludhiana Stock Exchange.

Mr Harjit Singh Sidhu and Prof Gursharnajit Singh addressed students of M. Com and B. Com students were apprised of various corporate issues.

Among others present on the occasion were Prof J.S. Grewal, Prof M.S. Bhandari and Prof Ranjeet Kaur.



PAU institutes three CM Awards
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 8
The academic council of Punjab Agricultural University today instituted three Chief Minister Awards in Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry. Under the awards, each farmers would be given a sum of Rs 25,000 and a plaque at the annual Kisan Mela in March from 2005. The council met with Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor.

Dr Aulakh said the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, had announced and released a sum of Rs 20 lakh for instituting three best farmers awards at the last Kisan Mela in March.

The academic council also instituted Parwasi Bharati Award, which would be given to best self-cultivating farmer engaged in the diversified farming system. The award would be given in September next year at the Kisan Mela.

According to Dr Aulakh, the awards have been instituted with the help of Dr Maninderjit Singh, a former Assistant Professor in the Department of Vegetable, who had settled abroad and left Rs 2.14 lakh as savings of provident fund with the university.

Besides, the academic council also announced the award of various medals instituted in the memory of agricultural scientists.

The P.N. Thapar Gold Medal for 1996 as best graduate has gone to Navdeep Aggarwal. There had been some dispute regarding the award, which had been settled. Gold medals under this category have gone to Gungeet (Home Science) for the year 2002 and Hargeet (Agriculture) for 2003.

The Dr K. Kirpal Singh Award for the year 2003 has gone to Monica Gupta (MSc Food Science and Technology) and to Navdita Dhiman in the same subject for 2004.

The Dr Gurbax Singh Gill Award for Agronomy has been given to Tarundeep Kaur for the year 2003 and Mandip Kaur for 2004.

The Kartar Singh Kahlon Gold Medal for Academic and Sports (overall best) has been awarded to Blossom for the year 2003 and Shilpa Sood for 2004.

The Dr N.S. Randhawa Medal for Soils has been given to Mohammad Firoze for 2004, while the Dr B.R. Sharma Medal in vegetables has gone to Navin Garg for 2004.

Dr Aulakh said the research committee of the university also approved 35 ad hoc projects worth Rs 75 lakh. The projects had been granted by the ICAR, the CSIR and some private organisations.



Miss World Punjaban contest in Oct
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 8
A culture-based beauty pageant, “Miss World Punjaban-2004” (8th in the series), will be held between October 23 and November 6 in Chandigarh and Ludhiana. This mega event is organised every two years by a cultural organisation, Sabhyacharak Sath Punjab.

Stating this, chairman director Jasmeet Singh Dhatt said preparation for the pageant were in full swing. Punjabi women settled in the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia would take part in the unique show. Punjabi models from Pakistan were also expected to participate in the event.

Mr Dhatt said the registration date for the contest had been extended till September 15. Girls of Punjabi origin between 17 and 25 years of age would be eligible to participate. Girls with perfection in dance would be given preference in the event. No entry fee would be charged from the participants.

Competitions in this regard would be held shortly in Delhi, Punjabi University, Patiala, Muktsar, Phagwara and Ludhiana.

Mr Jagjit Singh, general secretary, said the final pageant had been divided into two parts. The first part consisting of three rounds would be held in Chandigarh on October 23 and 24, while four concluding rounds would held on November 6 on the Guru Ram Dass Academy campus, Hambran Road, Ludhiana.

Besides main titles, sub-titles such as “Gidhian Di Rani”, “Khoobsoorat Muskan”, “Mrig Naini”, “Sunder Laadi”, “Lam Salammi Gut” and “Gunwanit Punjaban” would be awarded during the event. The winners would be awarded gold “saggi phul”, “bughaties” (both traditional Punjabi ornaments) and other prizes.

The contest would be telecast on ETC channel so that Punjabis living abroad could witness the event back home.

Prominent Punjabis from all over the world would be present during the show. Signers and comedians would enthral the audience with their talent during the pageant.

Mr Dhatt added that no donor cards and tickets would be sold for the event.


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