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PAU Kisan Club meets
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The Kisan Club of the Punjab Agricultural University today held its 40th annual meeting. It was presided over by the general secretary of the club Mr Hardev Singh, Vice-Chancellor Dr K.S. Aulakh was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Dr Aulakh appreciated its activities saying it had acted as a bridge between the university and the farmers. He pointed out, during the 40 years of its inception, the club had done an outstanding job in creating a rapport between the scientists and the farmers. He said, in the changed world of technological advances the role of the club becomes more important.

The club holds regular monthly meeting on first Thursday of every month. Today was the annual meeting of the club.

Farmers and scientists of the university attended the meet. Some technical papers were also presented at the meet which raised various issues and problems faced by the farmers. The sessions remained thoroughly interactive, Mr Hardev Singh said.



Russian students visit PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
A delegation of students from Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering under the leadership of Mr Andrey Sorokin, Deputy Pro-Rector, International Programmes, held a meeting with Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of PAU here today. Students Victor Zinovyev, Elena Kastryilna, Vera Kukaleva, Yan Penskiy and Ilia Pankratov are on two-week training at the ‘Training Unit’ of College of Agricultural Engineering, PAU.

Welcoming the delegates, Dr Aulakh said, it was historical moment for the PAU to have the students from Russia. At the same time he observed, the students must feel privileged that they were visiting a country with so many diversities of culture, language, religion and race and country and which was still one.

He observed that it was is a good beginning for close interaction between the students of the two countries. Dr Aulakh pointed out, no doubt India faced a major problem of being over populated, but it has changed a lot during the last two decades and had achieved food security within a short span of time. He said, even in the rural areas, the people have the facilities like telephone, television and motor vehicles. He said, the farmers of Punjab were very practical and made all efforts to improve the productivity of food grains in order to meet the requirement.

Dr Aulakh presented Mr Sorokin a set of PAU publications and a CD on their training programme at PAU prepared by the College of Agricultural Engineering.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sorokin said that during the training period everything was organised perfectly. Appreciating PAU for its cooperation and hospitality, he said that it was a great professional experience for Russian students who got more advantages through this training programme. The students could avail the opportunity to improve English language through interaction with PAU students and they have learnt some Punjabi words also. They could meet people to know about their culture, religion, customs and living style.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sondhi, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering told that these students were imparted the training in various fields. They were taken to visit M S Grewal farm, bio-gas plant (Haibowal), Bhakhra Dam, Anandpur Sahib, Amritsar, Wagha border, Sutlej Club, Ludhiana.



Apparel training and design centre inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 3
The Ludhiana chapter of Apparel Training and Design Centre was inaugurated at the Punjab Trade Centre, Miller Ganj, here last evening by Mr Sudhir Bhargava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles.

The Apparel Export Promotion Council, under Ministry of Textiles, has set up apparel training and design centres in various parts of the country with a view to upgrade technological skills of those employed in the readymade garment industry.

The centre would provide training in pattern making/cutting techniques, practical supervision and quality control techniques so as to enable readymade garment industry to attain maximum productivity in the face of global competition.

The courses at these centres were primarily designed to give detailed knowledge in garment making and included various aspects related to production technology, pattern making, packaging, despatch of shipment as well as development of marketing and merchandising skills required to handle production in large garment factories.

The centre would also offer tailor-made one-month courses catering to specific needs of some sections of the garment industry. While students would be provided training by experienced faculty members on highly modernised, sophisticated computerised machines, the centre would also offer courses on subsidised rates for those belonging to weaker economic sections.

So far, over 12,000 students have passed out from various ATDC centres across the country.

Among others present on the occasion were Mr A. Sakhthivel, Chairman, AEPC, Mr Sanjiv Gupta, President, Appeal, and Mr S.K. Jain, permanent invitee to EC and AEPC.



Medical students display musical skills
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 3
ECTOPIA 05, the three-day cultural festival of undergraduate medical students of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) entered second day with all five batches facing tough competition in different categories.

Till today, batch 2003 was ahead of all other batches by scoring 102 points. However, batch 2001, placed at second position with 78 points batch 2004, get third spot with 73 points.

Yesterday evening was made memorable by performances of medical students during the instrumental music and solo dance contests. Team of batch 2002 was declared first for performance on keyboard, mandolin and drums. Batch 2003 was declared second for performance on congo and keyboard, followed by batch 2001 which had to be content with third position even though they move notes on sitar and tabla.

In the men’s competition, Sachin of batch 2001 was declared first for his performance on the song ‘Terey merey pyar noo nazar lag javey na’. Narinder (batch 2003) won second prize for his dance on the number ‘Kyon Chalti Hai Pawan’. Rishi Malhan (batch 2000) was placed third for performance on the song ‘Hum Kaley Hain Tou Kya Hua’. In solo dance (girls) Harkiran Grewal (batch 2004), an NRI student was adjudged first for performing on the Punjabi song, ‘Pichey Pichey Aanda’, Ashwinder (batch 2004) was declared second in Nivedita (batch 2001) and Aastha (batch 2000) shared the third prize.

Today’s crowd puller was ‘Just a Minute’ contest in which different topics were given to each participant and they had to speak on the spot for one minute. Dr Sandeep Puri, chairman of the cultural committee, conducted the event with the audio visual projection. Displaying presence of mind and oratorical skills, Gurnur Channi (batch 2003), Anu Singla (batch 2000) and Gursimran Kocchar (batch 2001) won first three positions in that order.

In group song competition, batch 2000 was declared first for their rendition of the song, ‘Balley Balley Sonhnya Dey Rang Vekh Lo’, batch 2003 secured second rank for singing ‘Mar Udari’ and batch 2004 won the third prize for ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’.

Spot-painting competition witnessed students displaying skill through the strokes of brush by depicting various interpretation of the topic ‘Glories of Nature’. Darsh (batch 2002) won the first prize, followed by Rohit (batch 2001) and Gurkeerat (batch 2003) who were placed second and third, respectively. Nidhi (batch 2003) and Kadambri (batch 2002) shared the first spot in the debate on ‘Mobile Phones — a necessity or a menace’. Mukul (batch 2002) was declared second whereas Divyanshu (batch 2004) and Manavjot (batch 2000) were again tied for the third position.



From Colleges
Cultural festival at Ramgarhia Girls College concludes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 3
A three-day inter school/college cultural festival, organised at Ramgarhia Girls College, concluded here today. On the concluding day, competitions in various categories, including folk song, geet, ghazal, creative writing, embroidery, mehandi and poster making were organised.

The chief guest on this occasion, Mr Surinder Dawar, was accorded a cordial welcome by the Principal of the college, along with the members of the managing committee, staff and the students. The function started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the chief guest.

The audience was treated to melodious songs and colourful dances, presented by students from different schools during inter-school competitions today.

There was an overwhelming participation by students in the competitions of embroidery, mehandi and poster making. In creative writing also, a large number of students displayed their talent.

In his address Mr Dawar said that such functions went a long way in shaping the personality of the students.

The Principal also appreciated the enthusiasm of the students with which they took part in various contests. Mr Ranjodh Singh, president, Ramgarhia Educational Council, also spoke.

On this occasion, a book ‘Komal Jeevan’ written by Dr Gurcharan Singh ‘Sek’ was also released by the chief guest.

Mr Jagtar Singh, general secretary of Ramgarhia Educational Council, thanked the chief guest. He also thanked various participating teams. The results of the various competitions were as follows:

Mehandi: Ekta Rani, Government Model School, first, Arvinder, Kalgidhar Khalsa Senior School, second and Ruby Sharma, Ramgarhia Girls College Secondary school, third.

Embroidery: Amritpal, Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School, first, Jasmeet Sidhu, Nankana Sahib Public School, second and Ramanpreet, Kalgidhar Khalsa Senior Secondary School, third.

Poster-making: Sumeet Singh, Pothohar Sayyed Khalsa National Senior Secondary School, first, Sandeep Singh, GHG Khalsa Senior Secondary School, second and Gagandeep, Nanakana Sahib, third.

Lok geet: Jatinder Singh, Ramgarhia Secondary School for Boys, first, Raj Kumar, Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School, second and Maninder Kaur, Sarkari Kanya Senior Secondary School, third.

Geet/ghazal: Harjit Singh, Pothohar Sayyed Khalsa National Senior Secondary School, first, Maninder Singh, Ramgarhia Senior Secondary School, second and Navjeet Kaur, Harkrishan Senior Secondary School, third.

The Consolation prize was given to Lovish Paul Singh, GHG Khalsa Senior Secondary School. The overall trophy was bagged by Ramgarhia Senior Secondary for Boys.

Seminar on careers, courses: A.S. College, Khanna held a seminar on ‘Careers and courses available to students after graduation’ here today. Prof C.D. Jain, co-ordinator, foreign trade, introduced and welcomed the resource person, Dr R.S. Gupta, Director, Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Doraha.

Dr Gupta initiated the discussion by telling the students about various careers and courses available after B.Com, BA and BCA. Prof V.J. Rai emphasised the need of doing MBA, PGDCA courses to compete in the global market. He said global competition was affecting both the big units and small and medium size enterprises. Prof Rajiv Jindal informed the students about the minimum qualifications and procedure for joining these courses.

He also informed about the existing of training and placement cell at DIMT Doraha, which provided free coaching for the entrance test for MBA and MCA courses.

Prof S.C. Goyal, Head of Commerce Department, thanked the speakers.

Story-writing competition: The English Literary Society of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women organised a story writing competition to mark the second death anniversary of Kalpana Chawla which was on February 1.

The story writing competition evoked an overwhelming response. While paying rich tributes to Kalpana Chawla, Principal Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota highlighted the dedication and commitment of Kalpana Chawla.

She said people like Kalpana Chawla never die. She also appreciated the efforts made by English Literary Society for having arranged this contest with a view to pay homage to Kalpana Chawla.



‘Life Hi To Hai’ brings out colours of life
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 3
There was a great deal of colour, glamour, fun, music, sorrow, joy, and different shades of life presented in an one and a half hour musical ‘Life Hi To Hai.’ The musical, along with European folk dances, was staged by the Ryan International School on the concluding day of 2nd International Festival of Performing Arts 2005 here yesterday at Guru Nanak Bhawan.

The performance by children, soul stirring songs with beautiful lyrics, sung with great elan, colourful sets, costumes etc all went to show that the musical was the result of labour of love both by the students and the staff of the school. Ryanites, truly, had put up a magnificent performance and touched the chords of hearts of one and all present in Guru Nanak Bhawan wherein five shows of the play were staged starting from January 31.

The musical ‘Life Hi To Hai’ is based on a satirical story Ek Gadhe Ki Wapsi & Bolta Gadha’ written by Krishan Chander & Arun Singh. Apoorv Bhardwaj, who enacted the role of donkey was just superb. The story revolves around a talking donkey who is kicked out of the village as he refuses to support either party of males or females fighting elections in the village. During his journey from the village to the city he gets disillusioned seeing falsehood, cheating, deceit, exploitation of the children. And finally he tells the children that he meets that he is better off being a donkey than a man.

The lead singer Gaurav Bangia’s melodious voice touched quite a few chords.

The dances were choreographed by Sandeep Salaria and Narender Kumar. Utkarsh Marwah as director had done an excellent job of getting the best out of the children. He also anchored the show.

The function began with reading of scriptures followed by a prayer. The chairperson of Ryan International, Ms Grace Pinto, in her address said that Ryan International would return ‘solitaires’ to the parents after polishing their children .

The play was followed by German, Portuguese and Slovakian folk dances taught to the students by other students from these countries. The guests of honour were Mr TC Jindal, Commissioner, Income Tax, Mr Yashpal Mehra, District Education Officer, Mr Rajendra Sachdeva, Press Shop Association, Ms Sumanpal, Director A.I.R. Jalandhar and Mr Narinder Behl, director/producer of films.



BVM athletes excel in district meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
Students of the local Bharatiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School made their presence felt in the one-day Ludhiana District Athletics Meet held at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. They fetched as many as 13 gold medals besides half a dozen silver and bronze medals during the meet in which more than 200 participants in different age groups took part.

Results: 100 m (Boys u-14 years)- Simran Preet Kaur of BVM School 1, Rajdeep Abbi of BVM School 2; and Ajay Tandon of Khanna 3; Long jump- Simranpreet Singh of BVM School 1, Rajdeep Abbi of BVM School 2 and Rohit Sharma of BVM School 3; 200 m- Ajay Tandon of Coaching Centre, Khanna 1, Rajdeep of BVM School 2 and Simranpreet Singh of BVM School 3.

800 m (men)- Guriqbal Singh of Ludhiana 1and Gurwinder Singh of Ludhiana 2; 5 km walk- Mohammed Naushad of Bhaini Sahib 1 and Malkiat Singh of Coaching Centre, Khanna 2; 400 m- Guriqbal Singh of Ludhiana 1, Salindera Kumar Sharma of Ludhiana 2; 1500 m- Salindera Kumar Sharma of Ludhiana 1.

100 m (boys u-20 years)- Gobind Kumar of Ludhiana 1; 5000 m race- Navin Kumar Tiwari of Ludhiana 1, Discus throw- Amardeep Singh of Ludhiana 1, Navjot Singh of Coching centre, Khanna 2; 1500 m- Ramanpreet Singh of Bhaini Sahib 1 andVarinder Singh of Coaching centre, Khanna 2.

100 m (boys u-18 years)- Maneet Sharma of BVM School 1, Parmod of BVM School 2 and Jaspal Singh of Harkishan Public School 3; 800 m- Manpreet Singh of Ludhiana 1, Deepak Kumar of BVM School 2 and Varinder Singh of Coaching Centre, Khanna 3; 100 m hurdles- Gurpreet Singh of Coaching Centre, Khanna 1, Supreet Singh of Coaching Centre, Khanna 2.

200 m- Maneet of BVM School 1, Parmod of BVM School 2 and Jatin of BVM School 3; 5000 m- Mohammed Shamshad of Bhaini Sahib 1, Varinder Singh of Khanna 2; Pole vault- Narpal Singh Bhatti of Coaching centre, Khanna 2.

Discus throw (boys u-18 years)- Harpreet Singh of Ludhiana 1, Amandeep Singh of Ludhiana 2 and Maninder Singh of Coaching centre, Khanna 3; Hammer throw- Sukhdev Singh 1, Gurinder singh 2; Karanjit Singh 3; Shot put- Maninder Singh of Khanna 1, Amandeep Singh of Ludhiana 2; 400 m- Maneet Sharma of BVM School 1, Manpreet Singh of Ludhiana 2 and Amrik Singh of Bhaini Sahib 3; 1500 m- Mohammed Shamshad of Bhaini Sahib 1, Deepak Gautam of BVM School 2; High jump- Supreet Singh of Coaching centre, Khanna 1; Triple jump- Deepak of BVM School 1, Jatin Ahuka of BVM School 2 and Rishab Sharma of BVM School 3.

Girls-100 m (u-18 years)- Rupali 1, 800 m- Priya Bawa of BVM School 1; Shot put- Sharandeep Kaur of Coaching Centre, Khanna 1, Rupali of BVM School 2; Discus throw- Sharandeep Kaur of Coaching centre, Khanna 1, Rupali of BVM School 2; 400 m- Priya Bawa of BVM School.



Amandeep, Sarbjot adjudged best athletes
Our Correspondent

Samrala, February 3
Annual prize distribution function of Government Senior Secondary School, Kotala, 10 km from here was organised today. Programme began with Bhog of Sri Sukhmani Sahib, followed by athletic competitions by boys and girls. A football match was also played.

Amandeep Singh and Sarbjot Kaur were declared best athletes. Panchayat members of villages and school heads, and teachers were present on this occasion. Mr Sher Singh Mushkabd a BKU leader and Mr Jasmail Singh Bondli, Principal Bachittar Singh Barn of Government Girls Senior Secondary School including Mr Swaran Singh, Principal of Government Senior Secondary School for boys were honoured on the occasion for their contribution to education.

Ms Navjot Kaur a student for the school who secured first position in Ludhiana district in the merit list of matriculation board examination in 2004 was also honoured by Guru Angad Dev Sports Academy, Kotala.

Mr Nirmal Singh Nagra, a social worker and former president of the Ahrtia Association distributed the prizes. Mr Nagra appealed to the NRIs of the area to help needy students.



Cricket tourney from February 13
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
The first Girdhari Lal Sharma and Dharam Raj Memorial Cricket Tournament will be organised by the Green Avenue Colonisers, Ludhiana here at the Sarpanch Bachan Singh Academy ground, Balloke near Haibowal Khurd from February 13.

The tournament, being organised in the memory of these two former Ranji players who had played for Punjab and Railways, respectively

Sixteen teams will compete during this tournament. The matches will be of 35 overs each side, Mr Varinder Patwari, incharge of the academy said. The winners would pocket a cash prize of Rs 16,000.

Entries may be sent to Mr Patwari at academy address by February 10 or he may be contacted over Mobile no 98149-18439.



District judo meet on Feb 5,6
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
The Ludhiana District Judo Association will organise the two-day district meet at the multipurpose hall of Guru Nanak Sports Complex here on February 5 and 6. According to Mr D S Walia, president of the association, competition in five age categories- u-12, u-14, u-17, u-20 years and senior sections, respectively.
The interested judokas may contact Mr Rakesh Sharma, senior judo coach, Ludhiana at the sports office, Mr Walia said.


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