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CM for equality between rich, poor students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said today that he had great expectations from the new generation. He said there must not be any disparity between the privileged and underprivileged children and a balance needed to be maintained.

Speaking to students, parents and teachers of Satpal Mittal Memorial School here today to mark its first anniversary, the Chief Minister said although such schools were welcomed, but attention needed to be given to those who could afford the quality education.

The Chief Minister disclosed that the state government had introduced computer education in 13,000 government schools all over the state. He said computers had already been made available to these schools. He said despite severe financial constraints, the government wanted to ensure parity in education between the privileged and the underprivileged. “You cannot have one section of the students learning computer from the kinder garden and the other section not having it at all”, he remarked.

Capt Amarinder Singh appreciated the commitment of the Bharti group for setting up the school. He hoped that such industrial houses would come forward by adopting rural schools also. He announced a grant of Rs 11 lakh for the school. Earlier, students of the school presented a colourful cultural programme. One notable feature of the cultural programme was the ‘utopia’ presented by about 150 students. All the avocations, be it the Army, Navy, Air Force, Medicine, or sports, all aspects of life were touched upon in the ‘utopia’, which was highly appreciated by the audience.



A nostalgic get-together at Sacred Heart school

Ludhiana, April 12
An old students' meet of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School was held on Sunday.
The alumni who had passed out as far back as in 1974 had trooped into the school to meet former principals that included Corporate Manager and Provincial Superior Sister Nora, Sister Miriam, Sister Chantel and the present Principal Sister Maria Leena.

Around 1000 ex-students and more than 15 former teachers of the school were present Sister Nora, Corporate Manager of Bethany Educational Society, Manglore, that runs the school, recalled the difficulties the school faced when it came into existence in July, 1965, and how the school has blossomed.

Sister Miriam, one of the longest serving principals, recalled how the students had to face difficulties in the absence of adequate infrastructure. Sister Maria Lena emphasised that in the age of globalisation the students around the world should be aware of the activities of the school through the Internet.

Dr Anupama Gupta and Dr Vinod P Singh thanked the school for helping them develop well-rounded personalities. OC



Canadian Deputy High Commissioner visits PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12
Mr Brian Dickson, Deputy High Commissioner, Canadian High Commission, and Mr Denis Chouinard, Political and Economics Counsellor, today visited Punjab Agricultural University here and held a meeting with the Vice Chancellor, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh.

The purpose of the meeting was to strengthen the ties between the two countries.

Welcoming the delegates, Dr K S Aulakh said that PAU had close links with various Canadian universities. Giving the history of PAU, Dr Aulakh said that the university had five constituent colleges coordinated by their respective Deans. PAU had three disciplines - Research, Extension and Technology.

Dr Aulakh added that PAU had played a pivotal role in bringing the green revolution. Punjab was basically not a paddy growing state but due to the continuous increase in MSP, the farmers diverted to grow this crop and they had to pay a very high price for it, he added.

Paddy was creating lot of problems such as loss of micro nutrients, depletion of water table, damage to soil health due to excessive use of pesticides etc. Besides this, paddy straw was burnt in October which was responsible for polluting the environment.

Dr Aulakh said that the PAU had excellent links with the farmers and through the Directorate of Extension Education the technology was being transferred to the farmers. Wheat and paddy were the major crops grown in Punjab. No doubt minimum support price had been fixed for 24 commodities but only wheat and paddy were produced by the government. He said that PAU had signed MoU with many foreign universities for the exchange of research technologies and students in many disciplines.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Dickson said that the relationship between Canada and Punjab was historical. He said that during their visit to PAU, scientific technologies were the major priorities for them. They wanted to see the post-harvest technologies and visit the other universities and colleges in Punjab state. Besides this, they wanted to see the linkages between the scientists and the farmers.

He added that partnership between the two countries could be made more stronger through the academic institutions.

Mr Chouinard said that Canada had linkages with this region. He discussed some problems related to water table, partnership of prosperity, areas of food processing and agro industry which could provide employment in the rural area, especially in the agro sector.



From Schools
Baisakhi celebrated in city schools
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 12
Baisakhi, the harvest festival of Punjab, was today celebrated by tiny tots of Disney Land Nursery school here. Gigdha presented by little girls and bhangra by the boys of school was the main attraction.

‘Phulkari’, ‘pakhiyan’, ‘chaati’ and ‘charkha’ presented a beautiful scenario and the winnowing scene added to this beauty. The tiny tots were dressed up in captivating attires.

Kiddies Paradise: Tiny tots of Kiddies Paradise along with the members of the school management, principal and the staff celebrated Baisakhi in a traditional manner with great pomp and show. The little children danced to the tune of ‘Jatta Ayee Baisakhi’. Students also presented a dance number on ‘Teri kanak di rakhi mundiya’.

Principal Gurpreet Kaur congratulated all students and highlighted the importance of Baisakhi. Director Randhir Singh told the kids about Sikh history and told that Guru Gobind Singh was a great Saint soldier. Kids were distributed jalebis and sweets on this occasion.

Kidzee Rainbow School: Tiny tots of Kidzee Rainbow School celebrated Baisakhi with great enthusiasm. The whole school was decorated with colourful Phulkari dupattas. All tiny tots wore Punjabi outfits. Kids danced to the tunes of the Punjabi songs. The co-ordinator of Kidzee, Ms Shivani Arora, said that such festivals and occasion increased childrens’ confidence and brought out their hidden talent.

Sanatan Vidya Mandir: The playway section of Sanatan Vidya Mandir celebrated Baiskahi with grand fervour. The hall was tastefully decorated. The celebrations were given a traditional look. Many cultural and colourful items were presented by the tiny tots , including Haryanvi dance, bhangra, giddha and Punjabi songs. The students dressed up in colourful Punjabi consumes.

The Principal, Ms Sadhana Sharma, told the students about the importance of Baisakhi. She said that Baisakhi had become a global festival. She added that Baisakhi was festival of progress, happiness and celebrations for a farmer. It also marked the creation of Khalsa by the tenth Guru of Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh.

A fancy dress competition was also organised on this occasion in which students were dressed up as Punjabi jatt, Punjabi mutiaar (girl), Haryaanvi jatt, jatti etc. President Mr Rajesh Kashyap and Manager C.L. Sachdeva distributed sweets and gave away prizes to the winners.

Atam Public Senior Secondary School: Students of the Atam Public Senior Secondary School celebrated Baisakhi on their school premises today. The celebrations gave an outlet to their enthusiasm as they performed bhangra. To mark the occasion as the festival of harvest in Punjab and beginning of a new year, the girls and boys in their typical rustic dresses performed giddha and other dance. The symbol of new harvesting season was symbolised through heaps of ripe wheat put in the middle of the ground. Girls sang boliyan. The Principal congratulated the staff members and students on the eve of Baisakhi.

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School: Baisakhi was celebrated by the students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School here today. Students from all classes participated in different items. Students from clsss I and II participated in a fancy dress competition and had dressed up like Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Lala Lajpat Rai etc. Giddha and bhangra were presented by the kids. The students were encouraged to participate enthusiastically in such festivals.



Engineering college holds sports meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 12
Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCTE), Katani Kalan, near here organized its athletic and sports meet and annual prize distribution function today. Mr Rakesh Pandey, Minister of State for Science Technology and Industrial Training, was the chief guest. Earlier, Dr J.S. Sohal, Principal, inaugurated the meet.

Position holders: (Academics) — IIIrd year (VIth semester): Computer Scienc Engineering: Sukhpreet Kaur 1, Pavneet Kaur 2, and Deepika Arora 3; Electronic and Communication Engineering: Anu Vinayak 1, Damini Arora 2, and Amritpal Singh 3; Avani Bhatia stood first in VIth semester IT.

For IInd year (IVth semester) — Electronic and Communication — Harpreet Kaur 1, Anupa Aggarwal 2, and Preeti Sethi 3. Computer Science Engineering — Shalika Goel 1, Daljit Kaur and Navjeet Kaur 3; Information Technology — Suruchi Gupta 1, Balwinder Singh 2, and Ashok Kumar 3.

Mechanical Engineering: Jaspreet Singh 1, Nikhal Gautam 2, and Bhajandeep 3; Electronic and Communication: Arvind Lasiyal 1, Sweety 2, and Jatin Ralhan 3. Computer Science Engineering: Neha Singla 1, Uma Garg 2, and Gurjeet Singh 3. Mechanical Engineering: Joginder Singh 1, Jujhar Singh 2 Mohar Singh 3.

The winners in sports category were (football): Mechanical IIIrd year (IVth semester) — 1 and Mechanical IInd year (VIth sem) 2; volleyball: Mechanical (IInd year) 1, CSE (IInd year) 2; table tennis: ECE Ist year (IInd semester) 1, and Mech IInd year (IVth semester) 2; basketball: Mech IIIrd year 1, and ECE IInd year 2.

The winners of athletic events were: 200 m (boys) — Gurpreet Singh (CSE IInd year) 1, Jaswinder Singh and Deepak (Mech IIIrd year) 2 and Ramandeep Singh (IInd year) 3.

100 m (girls): Arshdeep Maan (ECE, IIIrd year) 1, Gagandeep Kaur (CSE, IInd year) 2, and Annu Vinayak (ECE, IIIrd year) 3; Rajbir Singh (Mech IInd year) 1, Deepak Sharma (Mech IIIrd Year) 2, and Gurvinderjit Singh (ECE, IInd year and Jaswinder Singh (Mech IIIrd year) 3.

Long jump (girls): Arshdeep Maan (ECE, IIIrd year) 1, Gagandeep Kaur (CSE, IInd year) 2, and Damini (ECE, IIIrd year) 3; discus throw (girls): Gagandeep Kaur (CSE, IInd year) 1, Arshdeep Maan (ECE, IIIrd year) 2, Tarnveer Kaur (ECE, IIIrd year) 3.


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