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Job-oriented courses? Just make your choice
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, February 26
Gone are the days when students just went in for courses like BA or BSc. The intelligent ones used to go for medical or engineering courses and the more intelligent ones for civil services.

But now there are a plethora of job-oriented courses that various universities are offering. The courses are new, varied, imaginative and suit the temperament of almost all kinds of students.

Gauri, a student, after passing plus II was very disappointed as there was no course which could providing training for a career as air-hostess or flight steward. But now an institute has come up in the city that not only imparts training to students for a job in airlines and hospitality business, but also helps them in finding a job for the next 18 months.

A trainee ought to have cleared class XII, should be physically fit with a good personality, have the right attitude and zest for life, lure of travel and sense of responsibility.

FrankFinn Institute is offering various courses in this regard. Girls should be 5'2" and boys should be 5'7" and in the age group of 17-26 years. The students in their 500 hours of training learn customer-care,first-aid, gather knowledge about travel and tourism and get familiar with two software packages used in hotels and travel agencies. The students get one-month industrial training also.

Jewellery has come out of closet today and beckons those truly imaginative. It is a very exciting career option. Jewellery designing is a skillful art combined with science that cultivates your taste and designing skills with regard to the yellow metal and jewels. If you have an eye for details, this field can fulfill your dreams. Of course technical facilities play a big role in the entire process.

The JD Institute of Fashion Technology is one such institute in Ludhiana that formally imparts training in this field. “A career in jewellry designing takes nothing more than a little ingenuity, creativity and a penchant for designs”, says Pragati Taneja, centre’s director.

At the institute creative minds are trained to design rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, pens, etc. Metallurgy i.e. study of precious and semi-precious metals like gold, silver, copper, brass, etc., their properties, different carats (fineness) and colors of gold in 22, 18 and 14 carats, forms an important part of the course. A detailed information on precious stones like diamond, sapphire, etc., their shapes, sizes, cuts, inclusions, specific gravity is covered under gemology.

As a jewellery designer, you can work for a brand or go solo, create your designs and market them.

For higher education the Institute of Chartered Financial Analyst of India ( ICFAI), Hyderabad, offers a number of courses through distance education in finance, accounts and banking . Classes are held at Government College of Boys . Six-hour tests are held every six months.

Career options are now also available in chic multifunctional courses, which include time management, business insurance, hospital waste management, etc.

Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, Principal, Master Tara Singh College, says that every year they try to intoduce a course. This year they have started textile designing, while last year they had started fashion designing course.

Science students have plenty to choose from, especially at the graduation level. They can opt for industrial chemistry, information technology or computer technology and have choices from add-on courses like clinical diagnostic techniques, cosmetology, environmental auditing, etc.

The humanity group students can choose from mass communication, travel and tourism, marketing management and personal management. There are honours courses in e-commerce, accountancy, etc.

Other courses available are nursing, housekeeping, mobile repair, event management.



From Colleges
“Ehsaas-2005” begins
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 26
The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) began its annual international cultural festival "Ehsaas-2005" on the college campus yesterday. Mr Pratap Singh Bajwa, Minister for Cultural Affairs and PWD (B and R), and Mr Inderjit Singh Atwa, Principal, Sacred Heart School, inaugurated the event.

Teams have come from the PAU Ludhiana, LIM Phagwara, MAIMT Jagadhri, Apeejay, Jalandhar, DIMT, Doraha, Chitkara Institute Chandigarh, RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh, Desh Bhagat Institute, KIMT Ludhiana, Sri Guru Harkrishan College Patiala, GCB Ludhiana, GCW Ludhiana, and CT Institute Jalandhar.

In the turncoat event, Ruchika of the PAU bagged the first prize while Saman and Jing from the IQRA bagged the second prize. Arif of AIUB, Dhaka, won the third prize.

In duet dance, Rubbaya Noor and Raziaddin Chowdhry of AIUB Dhaka, bagged the first prize while Jassi and Rajinder got the second prize and Aman and Pawandip of RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh, won the third prize.

60 students attend seminar: Around 26 teachers and 60 students from various colleges attended the ongoing national seminar on emerging dimensions in the financial sector at Ramgarhia Girls College.

The resource persons in the morning session were Mr Rajeev Soni, vice-president of Kotak Mohindra Bank, and Mr O.P. Sahni, former head of the department of Business Management, PAU.

Mr Bikramjit Bembi, head operations and finance, National Industries, and Mr Navneet Jairath were the experts. The spotlight was on the financial sector reforms in India.

The evening session was chaired by Ms VImal Bhargava, former Principal of Dev Samaj College for Women, Chandigarh. The resource persons were Mr C.M. Bhargava, former Director, Life Insurance Corporation of India, and Dr Prem Kumar, Professor, Punjabi University, Patiala.

The discussion in this session was centred on new financial instruments and institutions.

409 get degrees at GNK college: Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujjarkhan Campus, held its annual convocation here on Saturday. Degrees were conferred on 409 students, 215 students from humanities group, 106 from commerce, 25 from computer application, 19 Punjabi and English honours graduates. Twentytwo students received Post Graduation degrees in English.

Mr Arvinder Singh Lovely, Education Minister, Delhi, was the chief guest. Mr Harbinder Singh Sarna, vice-president of the college governing body, welcomed the chief guest.

Dr Anup Kaur Bansal, Principal of the college, presented the annual report. The roll of honour was given to two for academics, 20 for cultural activities, six for athletics. Twenty students were honoured with the college colour for socio-cultural activities and sports. Three students were awarded with merit certificates. Sheetal Chhabra and Impreet Kaur were declared best students of the year. Sugandha Sharma was given a prize for securing seventh position in the university.

Mr Lovely congratulated the degree holders and meritorious students. The college auditorium was named after Sant Giani Singh Gujjarkhani, founder secretary of the governing body of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women.Mr Gursharan Singh, a Punjabi writer, and Dr Sarup Singh Alag were honoured for their contribution to Punjabi literature. Prof Gurbir Singh, secretary of the governing body of the college, extended the vote of thanks.

Prize distribution function at KCW: Khalsa College for Women (KCW)celebrated its annual prize distribution function here on Saturday. Mr Chandershekhar, DGP-cum-Director, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Punjab Police Academy, was the chief guest on the occasion. He along with other dignitaries were welcomed by the managing committee, principal, staff and students of the college.He was given a guard of honour by NCC students.

The programme started with the recitation of shabadgayan.Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, college Principal, read out the annual report of the college.

Prizes were given to about 300 students for their achievements. As many as 58 council members were also awarded on this occasion.Mr Shekhar encouraged the students and wished them good luck in future. The chief guest was presented with a memento by the management committee.

National seminar ends: A three day national seminar on Emerging Dimensions in Financial Sector - Challenges Ahead concluded at Ramgarhia Girls College here on Saturday. The aim of this seminar was to provide a forum for educationists, administrators and policy maker to come together to discuss and debate the major issues related to the financial sector.

The morning session on the “Challenges to corporate finance in 21st century” was chaired by Mr V.K. Goyal, general-secretary, LMA, and Executive Director, Vardhman Spinning and Weaving Mills. The resource persons were Prof A.K. Vashisht, Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Mr Neeraj Jain, Corporate General Manager (Finance), Vardhman Spinning and Weaving Mills.

The function started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the distinguished guests along with the Principal, Ms Harmit Kaur, and the members of the management. The spotlight in the session was on the challenges before the Indian economy in the wake of globalisation.

The valedictory function was presided over by Mr S.S. Bedi, Chief Commissioner, Customs and Central Excise, Chandigarh. Earlier in her welcome address, the Principal outlined the achievements of the college.



400 students enthral audience at PIMT
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, February 26
“PIMT Aaftaab-2005”, a cultural extravaganza, was organised at the Punjab Institute of Management and Technology (PIMT), here yesterday.
Around 400 students from 20 reputed professional and degree colleges from all over the state participated in the day-long show, which had 14 competitive performances.

The festival included a wide variety of cultural, literary and management events. The programme got good response from the industry. Companies like Hero Cycles, Ludhiana; Super Milk, Khanna; Bank of India, Khanna branch; Talent Services, Chandigarh; Navneet Reverse Osmosis, Newage Computers, Khanna; Accent - The English Institute, Khanna, etc. actively supported it by sponsoring their events.

The programme was inaugurated by Mr Suresh Goyal, president of the Gobindgarh Educational and Social Welfare Trust (GEST), Mandi Gobindgarh. Mr S.S. Bagli, secretary of the trust, welcomed the guests. Mr R.P. Bhatia, a noted industrialist and chairman of the PIMT committee, proposed the vote of thanks. He highlighted a number of steps being taken by the institute for its all-round development.

Prof A.K. Singh Suryavanshi, director of the PIMT, said the response from different participating colleges, industry and people from different walks of life was overwhelming.

The trust president, Mr Suresh Goyal, said the PIMT had a rich tradition of organising cultural programmes in association with other educational institutes. He said the programmes like Aaftaab helped in improving personality of the students.

A variety of events were held. Foot-tapping music, choreography, duet songs, instrumental beats and the fashion show were very much appreciated.

The Fatehgarh Sahib Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, was the chief guest at the prize distribution function in the evening session. He said extra-curricular activities were important in personality development. He appreciated the efforts of the PIMT in organising such a big show. A draft of Rs 51,000 was presented to the DC for the PM’s Tsunami Relief Fund.

The results:

Duet songs — GPC, Mandi Gobindgarh (first); Desh Bandhu Institute of Management, Amloh (second); fashion show — PCET, Lalru (first); SAS, Mohali (second); mimicry — GCM, Chandigarh (first), RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh (second); group dance — SAS, Mohali (first); GPC, Alour (second); cartooning — AS College for Women, Khanna (first); GPC, Alour (second); choreography — Guru Harkishan College, Patiala (first); RCMT, Bhatinda (second); solo instrumental — Mahindra College, Patiala (first); AS College for Women, Khanna (second); quiz — GCM, Chandigarh (first), PCET, Lalru (second); creative writing — GNIMT, Ludhiana (first); A.S. College for Women, Khanna (second); collage making — Swami Vivekanand, Rajpura (first); DBC of Education, Amloh (second); antakshri — Mahindra College, Patiala (first); DBC for Engineering, Amloh (second); mehndi — Guru Harkrishan College, Patiala (first); A.S. College for Women, Khanna (second); talent show — RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh (first); DBC for Arts and Crafts, Amloh (second); rangoli — AS College for Women, Khanna (first); RIMT, Mandi Gobindgarh (second).



Degrees conferred on 210 students
Our Correspondent

Doraha, February 26
Degrees were conferred on 210 students, including 180 graduates and 30 postgraduates at the annual convocation and prize distribution function organised at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, yesterday.

Dr Surjit Patar, a poet, who was the chief guest, in his convocation address said,“The degree holders and the prize winners should work with perseverance to make their dreams come true. He urged the girl students to become self-dependent so that they can carve a niche for themselves and make their importance felt in the male-dominated society. The chief guest presented a poem on the occasion. Mrs Bhupinder Pattar too sang a song.

The annual report of the college was read by Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Principal of the college. The general secretary of the college management committee, Prof Balwant Singh Pangali, welcomed the guests on the occasion.

Degrees were conferred 126 arts and 54 commerce graduates and 30 postgraduates in Punjabi. Manmeet Singh Grewal of BCom III was presented the roll of honour in body building, Maninder Singh of BA III and Lakhvir Singh of BA I for participating in Republic Day parade in New Delhi, Kulwinder Singh and Gurwinder Singh of BA I for excellent performance in music and dramatics. A total of 40 college colours were presented to students. Thirtysix members of students welfare council were awarded merit certificates.

The student editors, best NSS volunteers, best youth club volunteers, best library readers and best NCC cadets were also awarded merit certificates.

Students of plus II, BA, BCom, MA and MCom, who secured first and second positions in the house examinations were also awarded prizes. The students who secured first, second and third positions in the annual examination conducted in April 2004 were also honoured.

Mr Adarsh Pal Bector, treasurer, college managing committee, Mr Tarlok Singh Jaggi, assistant secretary, Mr Sardara Singh Oberoi and Mr Prem Singh Malhipur, committee members, Mr Harjiwan Pal Singh Gill, Prof Kuldeep Singh, GCW, Ludhiana, Prof R.S. Pali, Mrs Raj Rani and Dr Joginder Singh Nagi were also present on the occasion . 



Class XII given farewell
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 26
Khalsa Girls Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, arranged a farewell party here yesterday for Class XII students. The students of Class XI presented a colourful cultural programme comprising of songs, dances and skits. The Principal, Ms Inderjit Kaur Bedi, advised the students to pay attention to discipline, studies and moral values. The team members of the giddha team, which had won a competition ,were awarded prizes.

Drawing competition: Gurukirpa Playway School organised a drawing and poetry competition in the school here on Thursday. Fortyfive students participated and were judged by a panel of judges from the State Bank of India, Life Insurance Corporation. In poetry competition Tejveer Singh received the first prize while Aarmaan Kaur and Jasnoor Singh got second and third prize, respectively.

In drawing competition Jasleen Kaur stood first while Kamal and Gobindpal Singh stood second and third, respectively. There was shabad gayan also and dances were performed by students.

Dance contest: Love Dale School organised a traditional dances competition, which was choreographed by Master Ladi. Children walked on the ramp donning traditional dresses with a lot of confidence.

Dance competition: Small Wonders Pre-nursery and Nursery School organised a dance competition here on Friday. Children dressed up in traditional attires, danced to various songs. Ms Neetu Dewan, Principal, spoke on the occasion. Bhavya bagged the first prize while the second prize went to Jayant in dandia. For “Aisa Des Hai Mera” Ishita got first prize and Sarthak second. Pragya and Rhyea got first and second prize, respectively, for “Its the time to Disco”. Ayushi got first prize and Apporav second for “Woh Kisna Hai”. Prachi and Isha were given consolation prizes. All participated were given sweets.



Yash, Jasmine crowned Basant Prince, Princess
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 26
A Basant Prince and Princess contest was held here today at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar. Children attired in yellow dresses were bubbling with enthusiasm. The Principal, Mrs Paramjit Kaur, was the chief guest.

The students also danced on the tunes of popular numbers. The results of the competition are as follows: Yash and Jasmine of LKG were crowned Basant Prince and Princess, respectively.

Best students from each section are: Rupali — LKG-A, Sugam — LKG-B, Ekamjot — LKG-C, Vasu — KG-D, Abhay — LKG-E, Jashan — LKG-F, Ishita — LKG-F, Prachi — LKG-H, Meharjot Kaur — LKG-I.



2 get remand in impersonation case
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 26
The Additional. Chief Judicial Magistrate Mr G.C. Garg, today remanded two persons, accused of impersonating as Executive Magistrates, in police custody till February 28.

Accused Harminder Singh of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Gurpreet Singh of Basti Jodhewal were produced before the court this afternoon. The prosecution sought police remand of the accused for further interrogation.

However, the defence counsel opposed the contentions of the prosecution and requested for sending the accused to judicial remand, with the plea that they had been arrested on mere suspicion. But convinced with the submissions of prosecution, the judge remanded the accused in police custody.

The duo were booked at Division No: 5 police station and arrested yesterday. The police had claimed to have recovered fake stamps of executive magistrates and fake identity cards. 



165 patients operated upon at free medical camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 26
Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Housing and Power, Punjab, today exhorted the management of private hospitals to give special attention to provide affordable treatment to the weaker sections because the quality health care was fast becoming out of reach of the poor people in most of the hospitals. He was addressing a well attended function after inaugurating a free surgical camp at Dewan Hospital and Advanced Laparoscopic and Urology Centre here.

Mr Dawar said even though the state government had set up a substantial health care network, both in the rural and urban areas, yet it was not possible for the government hospitals to meet the fast growing medical needs of the entire population. Appreciating the private hospitals for providing excellent medical facilities to the patients, as also for organising free medical camps for the poor people, he observed that the private medical institutions could play a significant role in this field.

Dr Narotam Dewan, Chief Surgeon of the hospital, while highlighting the activities of the hospital being undertaken for the weaker sections, informed that the surgical camp would continue till March 15, in which the patients would be operated upon for various kinds of surgical problems like gall stones, kidney stones, hernias, tumours in the uterus, multi-nodular thyroid, piles and cancer.

As many as 165 patients from Garhwal, U.P., Rajasthan, Haryana and Himachal, and many districts of Punjab were operated upon successfully at the camp. 



Vikrant, Neha adjudged fastest runners
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 26
The 10th annual sports meet of Shanti Tara College concluded at the college stadium here yesterday. The closing ceremony was presided over by Mr Sinder Singh, chairman, Market Committee, and Mr Sawaran Singh, president, Master Tara Singh College for Women, was the chief guest.

Jagjit Singh and Simranjit Kaur were adjudged the best athletes of the college and Vikarant Singh and Neha, who won 100m race in their respective categories, were adjudged the fastest runners. Jagjit Singh and Bachiter Singh stood second and third in 100m race and Sandeep Kaur and Kismat bagged similar positions in the girl’s category.

In 200m race Bachiter Singh, Jaswant Singh and Talwinder Singh, bagged the first three positions and the 400m race was won by Vikrant, Bachiter and Anil Mittal. Jaswant Singh won the 800m and the 1500m races by leaving Gagandeep Singh at second and Mandeep Singh and Jagdeep Singh at third positions.

Jagtar Singh recorded longest jump and Gurpreet Singh and Talwinder Singh bagged the next two positions in this event. Gurpreet Singh, Gurpinder Singh and Rahul Sharma secured the first three positions in high jump. Jagjit Singh Gurdeep and Deepinder won in shot put.

Jagjeet Singh won javelin throw by dragging Talwinder and Jaspreet to the second and the third positions. The relay race was won by the boys of BAI.

Jagdeep Kaur and Simran Kaur bagged the first and the second position in 400m race. Sandeep stood first in long jump and Harmanjot and Jagdeep remained second and third in this event. Gurinder Kaur won shot put by defeating Simran and Sandeep Kaur. Simran bagged the first prize in discuss throw and Dalvir and Harmanjot stood second in the event.

Mr Prem Gupta, president, College Trust, Mr Arvind Malhota, general secretary, and Mr Charanpreet Dua, gave away the prizes to the winners.



Bachan Academy beat Shahkot Club by 5 wickets
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 26
Sanjay Rana (6 for 10) and Karan Goel (32) helped Bachan Singh Academy XI to register a five-wicket victory over Shahkot Cricket Club in the Girdhari Lal Sharma and Dharam Raj Memorial Prize Money Cricket Tournament being played at the Sarpanch Bachan Singh Academy ground, near Haibowal Kalan village here today.

Shahkot Cricket Club won the toss and opted to bat first. A fine spell of bowling by Sanjay Rana sent them packing for 89 runs in 21 overs. Sanjay took 6 for 10 while Varun Verman scalped two for 13. Kuldeep Kumar and Goldy contributed 24 and 19 runs, respectively.

Bachan Singh Academy XI surpassed the Shahkot Club’s total in 15 overs after losing five wickets. Karan Goel top scored with 32 while Gurpreet Walia and Varinder Patwari made 15 and 20 runs, respectively. For Shahkot Goldy and Madan chipped in with two wickets each.



Karamjit named best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 26
The annual athletics meet of the Malwa Central College for Women, Civil Lines, was held here today.
Karamjit Kaur was named the best athlete. She bagged four titles in the meet. Ms Davinder Kaur Sandhu, Vice-Principal of the college, inaugurated the meet, while Mr Pritpal Singh Grewal, president of the Khalsa Dewan, presided over the concluding function.

Following were the winners of various events — 100 m — Karamjit Kaur; 200 m — Raj Kaur; 400 m — Paramjit Kaur; 800 m — Paramjit Kaur; 50 m chatti race — Sarabjit Kaur; shot put — Rajinder Kaur; Javelin throw — Varinder Kaur; discus throw — Sweet Rani; long jump — Raj Kaur; high jump — Karamjit Kaur; 50 m rope skipping race- Karamjit Kaur; 50 m spoon potato race — Pushpinder Kaur; 50 m sack race — Meenu; 100 m obstacles race — Raj Kaur; three-legged race — Jaspreet Kaur and Savita; 4 x 50 m relay race — Karamjit Kaur, Raj Kaur, Jit Kaur and Paramjit Kaur.


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