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PAU staff resent denial of increments
Tribune news Service

Ludhiana, February 28
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of employees and teachers of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has expressed resentment over denial of two advance increments to those teachers who had acquired Ph.D. degree in service prior to January1, 1996, and terming it as an act of discrimination.

It said the other universities of Punjab had been granted these increments w.e.f. 27.7.1998 for the purpose of pay fixation and from April 1, 2003, for payment of arrears of salary whereas this benefit had been accorded to P A U teachers from January 1, 2005.

The Registrar of PAU has circulated a letter dated 14.1.2005, informing Deans, Directors and others that the Board of Management had decided "to grant two advance increments w.e.f. 1.1.2005 to those teachers who acquired, Ph.D qualification during service prior to 1.1.96 and were not granted such increments as per the earlier 'Career Advancement Scheme' or any other policy framed by PAU during the entire service period.''

The decision of the board has come as a rude shock to the teachers since it was for the first time that they had been treated differently from their counterparts in the other universities of the state in pay-related matters. In fact, the University Grants Commission issued a notification extending the benefit of two increments to the teachers as far back as on 24.7.1998. The Department of Higher Education, Government. of Punjab, also issued a detailed notification on 29.1.2003 after obtaining approval from the Governor of Punjab. It has been mentioned in this notification that the two increments would be granted w.e.f. 27.7.1998 only for the purpose of pay fixation but the actual benefit would accrue to the teachers from April 1, 2003.

Further, according to this notification, no arrears on account of this benefit would be paid for the period from 27.7.1998 to 31.3.2003. The notification also clarified that the pay of the teachers concerned under these orders who retired during 27.7.1998 to 31.3.2003 would be refixed and their revised pension would also be worked out. The PAUTA president, Dr Hari Singh Brar, had miserably failed to persuade the board to treat PAU teachers at par with their counterparts in other universities, said Dr Balwant Singh, convener of JAC.

The JAC has taken up this matter with the Board of Management and the Chancellor of PAU and requested to treat the teachers of PAU at par with the teachers of other universities of the state in this regard.



6 colleges to be chosen for ‘potential
in excellence’ status
Our correspondent

Ludhiana, February 28
Under country’s 9th and 10th higher education plan, the University Grant Commission (UGC) has decided to identify over 155 colleges in the country to be given ‘potential in excellence’ status. Under the scheme, the colleges would be allotted with special funding schemes. The preliminary screening has already taken place with the short listing of more than a dozen colleges from all over the state. Six colleges from the state would be chosen for this special status.

The country has a total of 15,000 government and private colleges. According to the revised higher education plan, 1 per cent of these colleges would come under the special funding slab. The Central government has divided the colleges in three categories. The categories are affiliated colleges, affiliation plus National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) recognition and autonomous colleges. The first category would be given an UGC grant of Rs 35 lakh, second category would be given Rs 65 lakh and the autonomous colleges will get Rs 1 crore.

Mr Tarsem Bahia, former Principal, A.S. College, Khanna, said the Central government had asked the three Universities to nominate about 15 colleges from Punjab and one from UT under the scheme. “Punjab University has been asked to nominate six best colleges. There was a response from 16 colleges out of which the screening committee short listed 10 colleges. Three colleges were short listed afterwards. The screening committee has been asked to submit the final list in the first week of March”, said Mr Bahia.

The colleges identified from Ludhiana district include A.S. College, Khanna, Govt College for Boys, Ludhiana, Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, Government College, Ludhiana, Govt College, Guru Sar Sudhar, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana and Khalsa Women College, Sidhwan.



Hamara School
School with secular outlook

The Spring Dew school was established at Nanaksar (Jagraon) in May 1999 to provide good education to students in and around Jagraon. After the untimely death of the first Principal Sunita Arora, Mrs Anita Kalra. took over as the Principal of the school.

The school at present has a strength of 1,800. It aims at providing an environment which is conducive for the overall development of children into balanced and cultured adults. As education has undergone a paradigm shift globally, the school’s objective is to keep the students abreast of the latest information as well as make them aware of their cultural heritage.

The school is easily approachable as it is situated on the Ludhiana-Moga G T Road, just 5 km from Jagraon city.

It has a well-stocked library, a science laboratory for conducting practicals and 15 computers to familiarise students with modern technology. The school has 70 teaching and 20 no teaching staff. It follows the curriculum prescribed by the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali.

The school is fully day boarding and hence it does not assign any homework. There is therefore, no menace of tuitions.

Parent-teacher meetings are held after monthly tests and terminal examinations.. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers regularly for the betterment of their children. The school believes in Indian cultural and moral values. It has a secular outlook, hence moral values of all religions are taught to the students through religious stories and by performing religious activities like bhajans and shabad gayan etc.

The school lays stress upon spoken English. Realising the importance of music in life, students are made familiar with musical instruments.




Ms Anita KaraTO make the teaching and the learning processes more meaningful and enjoyable, the teachers of my school follow activity-based teaching that includes dramatisation, role play, experimentation, etc.

The teaching techniques are child-centred, which take into consideration the capabilities and potentialities of the child.

For physical development, children are encouraged to play games.

Medical camps are organised for a physical check-up of the students and a record is maintained.

Discipline is an essential part of students’ harmonious development. Students are inspired to maintain discipline. Hence the staff has to act as role models. Cultural activities are promoted. Many functions are organised for this purpose like the annual cultural and prize distribution function, the Teej and Lohri festivals.

I feel that field trips are useful from the educational point of view as travelling to different parts of the country imparts valuable practical education and teaches the students to live harmoniously and independently.



School function held

Ludhiana, February 28
Sapling Nursery School — Rajguru Nagar celebrated its annual day here yesterday. Theme of the function was ‘Festival of India’. Children were dressed up in beautiful costumes.

Be it Holi or Baisakhi, Lohri or Dashera all were presented with foot tapping music and of course there was lots of laughter and bon-homie in the hall. Victory of good over evil represented demise of ‘Ravana’ at the hands of ‘Lord Rama’ was presented in a dramatic way.

Guest of Honur was Mrs Bina Rao - Chief Coordinator , Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School - BRS Nagar.

Awards were presented to the children by Dr Darshan Singh and his wife Dr (Mrs) Preet. Prizes were given to the most cheerful child, most well-mannered, and also the biggest ‘ bhondu ‘ of the year. OC



Dr C.V. Raman remembered
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 28
Students celebrated Science Day at the GRD Academy here today by remembering Dr C.V. Raman and other Indian scientists. They read papers and prepared models.
In his address to the students Principal Brig. Kartar Singh (retd) shed light on the Raman Effect. He exhorted the students to develop interest in subjects like mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology and to develop a scientific temper.



Shooting of Virasat concludes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 28
Shooting for next episode of serial ‘Virasat’ being telecast by Jalandhar doordarshan was completed at Udalpur village, 8 km from here. Serial is being produced and directed by Baljeet Singh.

Baljeet Singh said that the serial is based on Punjab’s culture. Old Punjabi songs have been included in this serial.

Artistes of Doordarshan, Harjeet Bullar, Gurpreet Gholi, Varinder Kaur, Daljeet Shahi, Gurminder Grewal, Rakesh Kumar, Ratta are shooting in the serial.

Producer Baljeet Singh had already produced ‘Sandli Paoran’ and ‘Wagdi see Ravi’ which were telecast theme of this serial is old traditional rituals that were part of people’s life in Punjab.


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