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Teachers gear up for PCCTU election
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 11
The two major factions of the Punjab and Chandigarh Colleges Teachers Union (PCCTU) are gearing up for the state elections for different posts of the PCCTU, scheduled on May 15, at Lyalpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar. As many as 500 teachers are expected to cast their votes for their favourite candidates.

The supporters of two factions, Brar and Hundal, are leaving no stone unturned to bring their candidates as office-bearers.

Elections in four districts-Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Gurdaspur- have already been conducted. As per the election results, the Brar group emerged as the winner in Amritsar, Ludhiana and Gurdaspur districts whereas the Hundal group won majority in Jalandhar district.

Prof S. S. Hundal, whose third term as president of the PCCTU ends this year, talking to Ludhiana Tribune, claimed that out of 17 districts his group won the majority in Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Moga, Muktsar, Ferozepore, Hoshiarpur, Ropar, Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa and Bathinda.

Mr Hundal said in some of the districts, the candidates were chosen unanimously whereas others were chosen by rotation. “We are hopeful to win the PCCTU elections”, said Prof Hundal.

Meanwhile, Mr R.S. Brar, who is contesting for the post of president, claimed that the candidate from Patiala, Mr Rashpal Singh, had disassociated with Mr Hundal and joined his group. The candidates from Sangrur and Ferozpore were the neutral ones. “The home district will be the decisive factor in the overall victory of PCCTU”, claimed Mr Brar.

The candidates contesting for several posts include Prof Aninder Pal Singh (Hundal) and Prof R.S. Brar (Brar) for president, Prof U.K. Tewari (H) and Dr Jagwant Singh (B) for general secretary, Mr H.S. Walia (B) and Prof R.S. Bal (H) for vice-president.

For the posts of finance secretary, Prof Jagtar Singh (H) and Prof J.R. Prashar (B) group are in the fray. For the post of secretary, Panjab University area, Prof Lal Singh Kheewa (H) and Dr Pramod (B) are competing in the poll.



Students protest against privatisation move
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 11
Students representing various student unions in the state today held a massive protest against the hike in fee structure of the ITIs and the proposed privatisation move of the state government at the Mini Secretariat. The protest was jointly lodged by the Punjab Students Union, the Punjab Student Union (Shaheed Randhawa) and the Punjab Students Federation.

The students from various schools and colleges including participated ITI Gill Road, ITI Women, Ghumar Mandi, Government Senior Secondary School, PAU, Government Senior Secondary School Jawahar Nagar Camp, Government Multipurpose School, Khalsa College, Arya College, Government College Boys and Central Training Institutes.

The protesters wearing black badges, started their protest march from the Gill road. Anti-government slogans were raised by the students.

The rally was addressed by several leaders including Harpreet Jeerath, Jagjit Gure, Sheerin and Gurpreet Singh outside Deputy Commissioner’s office.

The leaders said the government was anti-common man and anti-students. They demanded that the government should withdraw the increase in ITI fee structure, raw material should be supplied regularly.

They said privatisation of the ITIs and schools would not be tolerated at any cost. The students threatened to intensify their agitation if the government failed to consider their demands.



Students take part in career conference
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 11
Students of several schools attended career conference exhibition organised here today.

It was organised today by the District Employment Exchange and District Education Office, Ludhiana, in Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Deep Nagar Civil Lines, Ludhiana. The function started with shabd singing. Mr Rajesh Kashyap, President of the school, and Ms Sadhana Sharma, (Principal) gave welcomed all dignitaries. Experts delivered lectures.

Students of 10th & 10+2 of Rashtriya Vidya Mandir, New Senior Secondary, S.D. Girls Senior Secondary School, Purana Bazar, Sanatan High S.V.M, Churpur Road and the host school attended the workshop.

Experts made students conversant with academic and vocational courses like journalism, Defence Services, insurance, banking, computer service, fashion techniques, radio/TV repair, auto mobile engineering and many others.

They also explained about small scale industries - textile dying and printing, horticulture, poulty farming etc.

They said that self employment can eradicate the problem of unemployment.



Teacher gets UGC project
Our Correspondent

Khanna, May 11
Dr Gurmit Singh, senior lecturer, post–graduate department of Punjabi of A.S. College, Khanna has been allotted research project (minor) in Punjabi Language Topic “ Puner Sirjan Lok – Kathawan De Adhunak- Budh Da Saroop (1991-2000-Natak )” by the University Grants Commission.

Dr R.S. Jhanji Principal of the College told Ludhiana Tribune that a special grant of Rs 55,000/- has been sanctioned for the project.


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