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PCCTU hails decision to give grant to pvt colleges
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
In the wake of the directives of Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, the state government has ordered the release of fourth quarter (December, 2004, January and February, 2005) grant-in-aid worth Rs 18.68 crore to the private colleges of Punjab. The drafts in the DPI (Colleges), Punjab, Chandigarh office will be available to the colleges next week.

In a joint press statement yesterday, Prof R.S. Brar and Dr Jagwant Singh, co-president and general secretary, respectively, of the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU), said the release of grant-in-aid was a welcome step as it would offer relief to as many as 6000 private college teachers working in 137 non-government colleges of the state. They said the state government had to release the grant-in-aid and constitute a committee headed by Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab for the redressal of other grievances of private college teachers of the state in light of PCCTU’s call to boycott the examinations in Punjab when three university authorities were constrained to postpone the examination scheduled for April 2.

Prof Brar and Dr Jagwant urged Capt Amarinder Singh to initiate steps and measures soon to find an amicable solution to the other demands and problems, including decision pertaining to the new salary model based on Johl Committee recommendations, grant of pension-gratuity scheme of December 1996, policy for the absorption of the staff adversely affected by shifting of plus II classes from colleges to schools, pay-scale notification related issues like relaxation of refresher courses-Ph.D increments, parity for DPEs and librarians.



Students flay move to privatise education
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
The Sikh Students Federation and the Punjab Students Technical Action Committee (PSTAC) today condemned the Captain regime for being anti-students and anti-poor. A meeting of the students organisations was held at Guru Nanak Engineering College here today.

Mr Surinder Pal Singh, chairman, Mr Manjit Singh Makhan vice-chairman and Mr Sunny Gill secretary, PSTAC, in a joint statement said the students would not tolerate the state government’s decision to privatise education. They said education was the right of every child and the Congress government count not deny this.

Mr Gill said the Congress had failed to fulfill its pre-poll promises and had failed at every front. He alleged that the government could not provide employment to the youth. Now it was trying to snatch the constitutional right of education from the poor and the needy children, he said, adding that the fee structure in schools and colleges had increased manifolds and the needy meritorious students were being made to suffer.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Garewal, president, All-India Sikh Students Federation, said they had decided to constitute a Joint Action Committee, which would support the students in their struggle. The students also demanded that the time-limit of degree courses should be up to eight years instead of six years.

Representatives from over 12 colleges participated in today’s meeting. The student leaders honoured the president, Mr Gurcharan Singh Grewal.



‘Parallel’ duties by teachers unethical, say educationists
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, April 28
The quality of marking and evaluation system seems to be compromised as Punjab University’s several teachers perform ‘parallel’ duties. The concept of on-the-spot evaluation, which was started for declaring the results on time, has started playing with the future of thousands of students as a number of examiners perform evaluation and supervising duties simultaneously.

A number of educationists said this practice was unethical and students could face the wrath of it. They said on-the-spot evaluation was introduced to increase the efficiency of the university. By way of certain manipulations, a number of teachers were indulging in ‘parallel’ duties.

As per university’s previous guidelines, teachers were expected to evaluate 100 papers in six days, which meant approximately 17 sheets were to be evaluated by the teacher in a single day. But then on-the-spot evaluation expected teachers to evaluate 20 scripts in one session.

According to sources, teachers performed ‘parallel’ duties in various city colleges. And it was successful because of connivance of supervisors and assistant supervisors in the task. Not only this, many of these teachers claimed double DA, revealed one of the teachers on condition of anonymity.

Mr Tarsem Bahia, a former Principal of A.S. College, Khanna, said ‘parallel’ duties would certainly affect teachers’ efficiency. The examiner would be in a hurry to check all papers and even a small mistake on part of the teacher could hit the future of students.

“Teachers build the nation. Those doing such practice should understand that their minor mistake could be harmful to students. Their casual approach could ruin the career of many,” said Mr Bahia.

Prof Jaipal Singh, general secretary, Punjab Government College Teachers Association, said it was a shameful act. He said the examiner could supervise in the morning shift and could evaluate the scripts in the evening session but performing both the duties in a single session was not justified both for the students and the teachers. Their efficiency level would come down. Those found guilty should be punished strictly, he said.

A student on condition of anonymity said she got less marks in English (elective) last year. She was not satisfied and requested the university for re-evaluation.

“You will not believe that there was an increase of 34 marks. I had expected this much only. I could have never scored first division, if I took it in a light way,” she said.

Mr Bahia requested the university authorities to rethink the concept of on-the-spot checking.



From Colleges
Students apprised of quality systems
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
A seminar on ISO 9001:2000 was organised at the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, yesterday. The seminar was conducted to educate the students and the faculty about the quality systems in the present day scenario. The resource person was Dr Anil Jain, Director, Vaiseshika Electron Devices, Ambala.

Dr Anil Jain is a renowned academician and entrepreneur and a national award winner for quality products in the process control instrumentation. Dr J. S. Sohal, Principal, LCET, introduced and welcomed the speaker and the chairman, Mr Vijay Kumar Gupta, presented him a bouquet.

Dr Jain talked about quality, quality system and the need of quality. He also threw light on the various features of ISO 9001- 2000. After the seminar there was a brief interaction round with the students regarding the ISO systems.

Dr K.D. Mannon, Vice-Principal, proposed a vote of thanks. A memento was presented to Dr Jain by the Director, Mr B.P.S. Sachdeva, and the Chairman, Mr Vijay Kumar Gupta.

Blood donation camp: The NSS unit of Guru Nanak Engineering College organised a blood donation camp here today on the college premises in collaboration with the district Red Cross Society.

According to Prof Pankaj Bhambri and Prof Kulwant Singh Sidhu, more than 250 students enrolled for donating blood but the Red Cross Society was having arrangements for collecting 150 units of blood.

Dr R.P. Singh, Principal of the college, while encouraging the students for this noble cause, also thanked the doctors from the Red Cross Society as well as the camp organising committee. The donors were also given refreshment by the society.

Arya College students excel: Student of M. Com third semester of Arya College here have bagged two positions out of the top five positions in Ludhiana district in the examination held in December, 2004.

Ruchika Nayyar bagged third position securing 1306 marks out of 1600 and Dimple Ratra bagged fifth position securing 1294 marks. Eleven students of the college secured more than 75 per cent marks. Prof H R Saini, Head of the Post-Graduate Department of Commerce and Dr S. M. Sharma, Principal, congratulated the students for their achievements.

Kamla Lohtia college shines again: The results of M. Com third semester examination held in November 2004, have been declared by Panjab University, Chandigarh. The students of Kamla Lohtia S. D. College have once again made landmark achievements. The five out of ten positions in Ludhiana district have been bagged by this college.

Monika Rani secured the fourth position (82.38 per cent) in Panjab University and first in the district. Neeru Gupta received the sixth position (82.1 per cent) in Panjab University and second in the district. Ankita, Simardeep Singh Ahuja and Anu stood seventh, eight and 10th in the district respectively. The Chairman, Mr Jagmohan Gupta, the Principal, Mr Deepak Kaushal and Head of the Department, Prof Rajesh Marwaha congratulated the students.



Nadira Babbar to conduct workshop
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, April 28
The journey of the last six years of Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam has been the journey of exploration and experience. During the last six years it brought unique artistes like Shivamani, Shubha Mudgal, Sabri brothers and many more. In a new experiment, LSS is trying to develop local talent as part of its drive to promote performing arts.

In a press meet held today with the media, Mr SS Rai, secretary of LSS said that in collaboration with IPTA, Ekjute Theatre is organising 10 day Children’s Theatre workshop from May 24 to June 3. These workshops will be conducted personally by Ms Nadira Zaheer Babbar, well-known theatre personality , in three groups.

The objectives of theatre workshop is to infuse confidence among children, overcome stage fear, remove inhibitions, develop public speaking skills, harness clarity of ideas with creative thinking and learn to work in team.

Miss Seema Malik, Principal of Delhi Public School, said that she was touched by the enthusiasm of both the LSS and city people in promoting art and culture and hence she was lending her active support to the theatre workshop .

Two groups of students in the age groups 8-12 years and 13-16 years will attend the workshop in the morning hours in Delhi Public School, south city whereas the third group comprising college/university students will attend in the evenings in BCM School, Shastri Nagar.

At the end of the workshop, Nadira will hold a full length play displaying the talents of the students. Ekjute strongly believes that it is one of its duties to prepare the new generation to be part of the magical world of theatre. For this very goal, LSS is collaborating with Ekjute.

During the workshop the students will learn besides dialogue delivery, improvisation , and even yoga exercises and stretches. The selection of students will be made most judiciously.



Govt teachers to hold convention
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
Mr Charan Singh Sarabha, general secretary, Government School Teachers Unions, said here today that a state-level anti-privatisation teachers’ convention would be held on May 15 at Jalandhar. He said this was decided at the meeting of the Anti-privatisation Adhyapak Morcha held at Jalandhar yesterday.

For mobilisation district units of the morcha, a meeting will be held on May 2 at all DEO offices and block/tehsil-level meetings will be held on May 7.

Mr Sarabha said the morcha would intensity its struggle to defeat the government policy of handing over government schools to industrial houses and private managements.



Subsidised X-ray facility for TB patients
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
In a bid to give boost to TB eradication programme, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has decided to provide heavily subsidised X-ray facility and also to keep two beds free in the chest ward for the TB patients, visiting its free DOTS (direct observation treatment) clinic.

The idea behind introducing the subsidised X-ray facility and free beds in the ward was to motivate patients to come forward for treatment. The hospital has also decided to extend DOTS activities to its Urban Health Care Centre at Jamalpur and Rural Health Care Centre at Pohir.

Dr Jagdeep Whig, vice-principal and professor, chest unit, DMCH, informed that there had been a tremendous increase in the number of patients, seeking treatment for various forms of TB. This district had the best record and it was shortly to be converted into a model district for TB control under the DOTS programme, he added.

Dr Whig said TB killed more than 6.5 lakh women per year as compared to 4.9 lakh every year due to pregnancy related deaths. He said the DOTS centre of DMCH was providing free and complete treatment to patients. “It is one of the most proficient and fully computerised centres in the state, having a full time medical officer, Dr Arun Gupta, for diagnosis and treatment. It caters to a population of more than 5,000, living around the DMCH and neighbouring areas,” he said. 



Four get artificial limbs
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
Ludhiana City Jaycees and the Mahavir Viklang Help Centre organised a Handicapped Day here on Tuesday at Lord Mahavir Homeopathic Hospital, Haibowal Chowk, Ludhiana under the presidentship of Vir Jagan Nath of Mahavir International,Ludhiana,and Jaycee Sunil Gupta. The chief guest on the occasion was Manveen Kataria.

Four needy persons were given free artificil limbs . The chief guest said Ludhiana City Jaycees and the Mahavir Viklang Help Centre was doing a commendable service by providing free artificial limbs to the needy .He said every person should come forward to help the needy financially or physically.

Gyan Chand Singla, Suahil Kaura, S.S. Volga, Devi Dass Devgan, Dalip Bharati, Paramjit of Viklang Centre. Jc Sunil Gupta, Vikas Aggarwal, Deepinder Singh, Sandeep Khanna and Rajesh Khanna were also present on the occasion. 



DMCH to hold workshop
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will organise the Indian Orthopaedic Association Hand Course — 2005 on April 30 and May 1 at Dumra Auditorium.

Punjab being an agricultural state and Ludhiana being its industrial hub, cases of hand injuries are quite common here. This workshop will help in bringing the advanced techniques of hand surgery in this part of the region. According to a press note, orthopaedic surgeons from all over the country are expected 



City team for football tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 28
The following 18 boys have been selected to represent the Ludhiana football team (u-19) in the Punjab State Junior Football Championship to be held at Malerkotla from May 4 to 8. The team has been finalised after the trials conducted by the District Football Association, Ludhiana, at Guru Nanak Stadium here yesterday. More than 100 aspirants took part.

The trials were conducted by a panel comprising Amrit Pal Singh Mavi, Jaspal Singh, Shivtar Singh Bajwa and Tara Singh.

The players are: Parminder Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Gurinderjit Singh, Manpreet Singh, Manjeet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Kirandeep Singh, Chanpreet Singh, Kuljinder Singh, Tejinder Singh, Manpreet Singh, Satnam Singh, Jatinder Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Manpreet Singh, Tarandeep Singha and Gursimran Singh.

Standbys: Harpreet Singh, Jaspal Singh and Amandeep Singh.

Sports meet

The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) romped home victorious in cricket and volleyball, while the Income Tax team emerged winners in badminton and chess and hosts Mechanical Engineering Research and Development Organisation (MERADO) won title in table tennis besides clinching maximum medals in athletic events in the sports meet of the MERADO centre here recently. Mr S.J.S. Pall, Chief Commissioner, Income Tax, gave away prizes.

The following are results of sports and cultural programme: Athletics (high jump): Manjit Singh 1 and Balvir Singh 2; long jump (men): Manoj Verma 1 and Karamjeet Singh 2; (women) Sunita Sahota 1 and Kuldeep Kaur 2; javelin throw: Prabhu Dutt 1 and Karamjeet Singh 2; discus throw: Ashwani Kumar 1 and Kamaljeet Singh; shot put: G.S. Sidhu 1 and Ashwani Kumar 2; triple jump: Ashwani Kumar 1 and Manoj Verma 2; 100m (men): Manjeet Singh 1 and Manoj Verma 2; 100m (above 50): M.S. Khan 1 and G.S. Sidhu 2; 100m (women): Juhi Mathur 1 and Sunita Sahota 2; and 100m (women above 50): Saroj Kaura 1 and Pushpa Shahi 2.

Volleyball: EPFO 1 and MERADO 2; football: EPFO 1 and MERADO 2; badminton (men’s singles): Harnek Singh 1 and Narinder Singh 2; (men’s doubles): S.K. Bannerjee and Nathu Ram 1 and Prabhu Dutt and Hardeep Singh 2; carrom (men): Surinder Marwaha 1 and Gurwinder Singh 2; (women): Rajinder Kaur 1 and Shashi Kanta 2; and chess: Surinder Marwaha 1 and G.S. Sidhu 2.


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