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Punjab Agro begins hyola purchase
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
The Punjab Agro Food Grains Corporation has started the purchase of hyola (gobhi sarson) as per the agreement with farmers and has set up seven procurement centres in the district i.e. at Ludhiana, Machhiwara, Samrala, Khanna, Mullanpur, Raikot and Jagraon, where the variety would be purchased at the minimum support price of Rs 1,700 per quintal.

Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma said around 9,000 acres of hyola was cultivated under contract farming in the district by the corporation.

He said as per specifications for the procurement of mustard, the content required was 8 per cent or less.

He appealed to the farmers to bring dry and clean produce to the centres so that they did not have to wait for the sale their crop to the agency.

He said in case the moisture content was high in their produce, it would take days for it to dry in the mandi, causing inconvenience to farmers.

He said the Punjab Agro had already purchased 205 quintals of hyola in the district. In case farmers faced difficulty, they could contact Sub-Divisional Magistrates or District Manager, Punjab Agro Food Grains Corporation, Ludhiana, he added.

Mr S.S. Bassi, DM, Punjab Agro, said hyola was a canola type hybrid rapeseed mustard and its oil had negligible content of euracic acid and glucosinolates. Thus it was a “00” hybrid. As a result, the oil and cake from the variety was of export quality.

Because of its low saturated fatty acid content, hyola oil was good for heart patients, he added.



Need of food processing units in Punjab stressed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
At a meeting with the Ludhiana Management Association, teachers and students of Department of Business Management of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Mr Brian Dickson, Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to India said that industrialists of Punjab had been recognised at the International level in the field of hosiery, tool making, cycle making and steel industry.

He added that it was the need of the hour to have food unit in Punjab so that the farmers’ produce could be processed in the state only and marketed. It would also generate employment opportunities for unemployed people.

Addressing the officials of the Ludhiana Management Association, he said that the industrialists should lend a helping hand in the field of agricultural research to meet the futuristic challenges. He added that Indian clothes and hosiery goods were in great demand in Canada and with the help of Canadian entrepreneurs, a common planning for the food industry could be drawn up but for this purpose the exchange of the entrepreneurship of both sides was essential. Mr Dickson said that he would try to develop the partnership between Ludhiana and Vinipeg in Canada.

Mr V.K. Goel and Mr Dhiman from the Ludhiana Management Association said that they would renovate the Ludhiana industry with new machinery to contribute at the international level.

They said that even leading industrialists of the city had not given their consent for the food industry. Mr Dhiman added that under the guidance of PAU, the training courses were being organised to make the farmers aware especially in the field of cotton production.

Narrating the close association between PAU and Ludhiana Industrialists, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and Dr Amrit Lal Singh Mann, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities said that most of the executives officers in the Ludhiana industry were old students of the university.

Mr Dickson appreciated the future action plan based on the work done by the Department of Business Management.



Teachers to stop privatisation of education
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 13
Mr Pritpal Singh, president of the Punjab Non-Gazetted Teachers Union, and convener of the Elementary/ Primary Sikhia Bachao Front have asked the teachers to get ready for a campaign to prevent the government from privatising education in the state. The government is bent upon closing down the government schools at the behest of “education mafia”, stated a press note issued by Mr Pritpal Singh .

They said the government wanted to privatise the PSEB, transport and other departments. The government was trying to commercialise education also, thereby making it impossible for the poor, dalit and rural students to get education.

Mr Pritpal Singh said the Education Minister should try filling 30,000 vacancies of teachers and then the results of government schools would be better than those of private schools. Education was the most neglected area. The school buildings were crumbling as there was no upkeep. Teachers were mostly being deputed for non-academic duties such as surveys, etc for months.

A meeting of the teachers’ unions has been called to chalk out plan of action in the last week of this month to prevent the government from prevatising education.



PAU convocation on April 15
Tribune News service

Ludhiana, April 13
The annual convocation of Punjab Agricultural University will be held on April 15 at 10.30 am at Pal Auditorium of the university.

Ms M.S. Nagarajan, Director, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, will deliver the keynote address and Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor PAU, will preside over the convocation.

Giving details, Dr V.K. Sharma, Registrar, said degrees would be awarded to students of 2003-04 batch and medals would be awarded to meritorious students.

A. Srinivasan, Harmandeep Singh Khurana, Jawala Jindal and Balasam would be awarded Dr Avtar Singh Atwal Gold Medal; Anureet Kaur, A. Srinivasan, Harmandeep Khurana, Shilpa Sood and Blossom will get Kartar Singh Kahlon Memorial Award; Kavish Dhanda, Anureet Kaur and Gagandeep Kaur would get Lal Shree Ram Gold Medal; Gurdarshan Singh, M. Tamil Sailwan and Gagandeep Kaur would be awarded Sardar Bahadur Lal Singh Gold Medal and Pawandeep Kaur, Kuljjinder Kaur, Tarundeep Kaur and Mandeep Kaur would be awarded Dr Gurbaksh Singh Gill Medal.

Dr Sharma said Anjali Mehta, Baninder Singh Sarao, Monika Gupta and Naveedita Dhiman had been selected for Dr K. Kirpal Singh Award for their all-round achievements as students of Food Technology.

The winners of Bhai Bal Mukand Gold Medal were Kirti Jindal, Deepti and Pooja; while Brahmdeep Singh Dhillon, Shilpa Sood and Rahul Kapoor had been chosen for Sardar Iqbal Singh Dhillon Gold Medal for their OCPA in Plant Breeding.

Gaurav, Jawala Jindal and Balram would be awarded Dr Sardar Singh Gold Medal for their OCPA in Entomology.

Dr N.S. Randhawa Gold Medal would be given to Kusum Lata, Harmandeep Khurana, Deva Smista and Mohd Feroz; while Babu Ram Sharma Gold Medal would be given to Parminderjit Kaur, Salesh Kumar Jindal, Ashish Saxena and Naveen Garg; and P.N. Thapar Gold Medal Award would be given to Navdeep Aggarwal, Gaurav and Ravneet Kaur.



Try to top in IT sector, Pandey tells students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
Science, Technology and Industrial Training Minister Rakesh Pandey has exhorted students to acquire excellence in their respective streams of technical education so that they could compete to capture enormous job opportunities at the global level, which had been created as a result of advancement in technology.

He was addressing students at the sports day function of Ludhiana College of Engineering end Technology at Katani Kalan, 25 km from here, last evening.

The Minister said that with the opening of a large number of engineering and technical education colleges in Punjab, around 10,000 engineers of different esteems were passing out every year and most of them are getting jobs in other countries on the basis of their technical skills.

He said that in the IT sector alone, the Indian engineers were controlling a number of prominent corporate sector companies at the global level. He said that in the coming years many other countries like USA, Australia, UK etc. would be absorbing a large number of engineers, as Indian professionals with their hard work had established their credibility all over the world.

Mr. Pandey further said that in the field of technical education the privately managed institution were making major contribution and these colleges had also taken substantial steps to improve the quality of education.

Highly appreciating the management of the college, Mr. Pandey said that this group of institutions is among the pioneers of technical education and all the institutions being run by them are maintaining excellent standard of education and are training the students on latest available machines.



Schools celebrate Baisakhi with fervour
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 13
Tagore Vidya Mandir , Punjab Mata Nagar , Ludhiana celebrated Baisakhi by holding a function today. On this occasion, an art workshop was organised in which over 60 students created motifs related to the founding of the Khalsa and the agrarian festivity relating to reaping of wheat crop. Eleven best drawings were adjudged and students given away prizes.

Students who secured outstanding grades and distinctions in the Class V board examination held in February 2005 were felicitated Twenty two of the total 26 students secured ‘O’ and ‘A’ grades in this examination.

Ten students spoke on the subject of Baisakhi. Giddha was performed by girls students.

The Principal Mrs M.K. Aulakh, congratulated the teachers and the students on this occasion.

Greenland school

Baisakhi and the 14th Founders Day were celebrated by Greenland Senior Secondary Public School with great fervour and gaiety. On the occasion, students presented various cultural items depicting Punjabi culture. Special emphasis was laid on the birth of the Khalsa. The Chairman-cum-Director of the school, Mr Rajesh Rudhra, shared his views with students.

The Principal, Mrs Baldeep Pandher, congratulated the staff and the students on the Founder’s Day and told them to imbibe the teachings of Guru Gobind Singh.

Little Leaders

Tiny tots of Little Leaders celebrated Baisakhi by dressing up as Punjabi gabrus and mutiars. They performed bhangra and giddha which left the audience spellbound.

Spring Dale

Baisakhi was celebrated in Spring Dale Senior Secondary School with the “path” of Sukhmani Sahib followed by shabad kirtan ‘Main hoon param purakh da datta’. Poems and speeches were delivered by students that covered all aspects of Baisakhi. A cultural programme, including giddha and bhangra, was organised. Ms Avinash Walia , Director of the school, congratulated students for their good results in the final examinations and welcomed them to the new academic session. She said Baisakhi had a religious significance as Guru Gobind Singh laid the foundation of the Khalsa Panth on April 13, 1669, at Anandpur Sahib to uplift the weaker sections of society and free the humanity from slavery.

Swiss International school

Students of Swiss International Public School celebrated Baisakhi by dancing to the beats of dhol. Girls attired in beautiful ethnic dresses and boys adorned in colourful turbans sang songs of Baisakhi. The title of Master Baisakhi was given to Gobind, Asees Sodhi, Vaman, Garvit , Gurasses , Sujal and Satrik whereas Jasmine and Drishti won the Miss Baisakhi title.



President lauds PAU efforts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 13
President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has commended the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for developing a technique using slippery band of polythene film to control mealy bug in mango.

The technique controls the mango mealy bug without using any chemical.

In his communication sent through E.mail here, Dr Kalam has expressed the hope that farmers of Punjab and other mango-producing states/areas would take advantage of this technique.

The President while conveying his blessings for the good work done by PAU scientists, has shown great interest in the research data on the efficiency of this technique.

This new technique developed by PAU uses no chemical to control mealy bug in mango. Instead, a slippery band of polythene film is applied at the base of mango trees which prevents the nymphs from crawling up to trunk of the tree. 15-30 cms wide alkathene sheets are applied to the basal end of the stem in December.

Upper end of the film is secured by nails while lower end is covered with compacted soil. This prevents nymphs from climbing up the tree.



Union seeks release of scholarships
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, April 13
The Scheduled Caste/Backward Class Teachers Union in a memorandum to the government has sought the release of scholarships to SC/BC students for the past two years.

A copy of the representation signed by union president Paramjit Singh, secretary Mehar Singh, general secretary Baljit Singh and finance secretary Avtar Singh Bhambri was released to the media after a meeting of the union here today.

The union also demanded the implementation of the 85th Constitutional Amendment.

The union also regretted the failure of the Welfare Department to provide students of drawing and agriculture subjects with books.


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