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Motivation mission in rural areas
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, July 29
If parents in rural areas are extra-conscious about the stream of study, various courses and the particular line to be opted by their wards for acquiring a professional degree, the situation is entirely different in rural areas. Here either ignorance prevails or economic constraints pose a major hurdle towards the fulfillment of their wards’ educational capabilities.

However, many educational intuitions in rural areas are engaged in the process of motivating parents of students. So that the latter get sufficient education opportunities to boost their careers.

In a majority of areas of Sahnewal and Doraha, teachers involved in the process of door-to-door canvassing reveal that in villages, the situation is next to illiteracy either due to lack of awareness or social constraints that dissuade a rural child to open up or in a majority of cases where economic liabilities prevent many a talent from blooming.

As this correspondent accompanied such teachers in these villages, the situation was found to be really pathetic. A father of a girl, who has cleared her senior secondary class with 77 per cent marks, is unwilling to let her continue her studies at Tibba village as he views” I have three more daughters who are still in school and with a small piece of land, it is next to impossible to make my eldest daughter continue her studies any further.”

A woman whose daughter has a good score in class XII and wishes to study more, holds the view that this is enough of education to find a good match for her. Moreover, the money we are going to “waste” and her further studies can be used at the time of her marriage, as education, makes no difference. It is the show and gifts offered to the boy’s parents that makes the girls future safe, she asserted.

Some of them who are frustrated by the existing education system and the unemployment ahead, pass a general statement, “It is no use wasting another three years in a degree that holds no value today. My daughter shall better join some short-term course of beautician or stitching etc rather than spend time and money on studies that mean nothing.”

Shockingly it has been noticed that in many cases outstanding and meritorious girl children are deprived of professional education due to personal whims of parents. The parents of girls who have accomplished their schooling from the village school are hesitant to send them to any town or city as they believe that it would lead to their “exposure” that may prove to be detrimental to their future life, where they are expected to be “docile.”

Prof Jagdev Singh Grewal, officiating principal of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, told this correspondent that the teachers of the college canvassing in surrounding villages educate the wards and their parents about the steams of study and various professional courses being offered in the college.

“They are also educated about job placements by following a particular course. The parents and guardians are convinced about the ultimate significance an educated person holds and the venues open for him. Not only this, the college accords financial assistance in the form of scholarships, stipends, making transport facility available at nominal costs to the needy children. The college offers special fee concession for poor children so that more and more rural students get educated and become capable of competing with their urban counterparts,” he added.



PCTE signs pact with Sri Lanka varsity
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 29
The Punjab College of Technical Education , (PCTE), has signed an agreement with Eastern University, Channalkady, Batticola in Sri Lanka. Mr P.P. Singh, Senior faculty member, Department of Business Management, signed an MoU on behalf of the PCTE during his visit to Sri Lanka from June 22 to 25. Dr Raveendranath, Vice-Chancellor of the Eastern University, signed the MoU on behalf of the university.

“ This is PCTE ‘s seventh MoU with a leading institute / university in five different countries. The other partner institutes or universities are Limpopo Province of South Africa, City College, Birmingham, NCB & E, Lahore, SZABIST, and Quaid- Azam University, Islamabad AIUB, Dhaka,” said Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director, PCTE.

The MoU includes faculty and student exchange, collaborative researches, publication etc. The PCTE has been assigned a consultancy project on curriculum development for graduation and postgraduation courses of management and IT in the university. Moreover, the Department of Computer Applications, PCTE, have been assigned a consultancy project on developing software for database management regarding students as well as accounts by the Sri Lankan university.



From Schools & Colleges
GGNIMT students excel in MBA exam
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 29
Students of the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), Civil Lines, have once again excelled in the MBA 4th semester examinations conducted by PTU.

Supriya Jain has bagged the first position by securing 88 per cent marks. Wincey Kalra got the second position by securing 81.5 per cent marks while Rajwant Kaur got the third position by securing 81.4 per cent marks. Seven students scored more than 80 per cent marks while 20 scored more than 70 per cent marks.

GGNIMT director Kuldip Singh and coordinator Prof Gunwant Singh Dua congratulated the students on their brilliant performance.

Celebrations: Kindergarten students of Green Grove Public School, Khanna, held Red Day celebrations. The KG wing was marvelously decorated with red sarees, red dupattas, red cartoons and red balloons. Children came dressed in red. They enjoyed eating strawberries, apples, tomatoes and drank Roohafza and pomegranate juice. They were given red sweets by the teachers.

Teachers were also dressed in red. The Principal gave away prizes to Red Prince and Red Princess.

Teej celebrations: Tiny tots of Kiddies Paradise, Kochar Market celebrated Teej with enthusiasm.

Girls came dressed up as Punjabi mutiyaars and enjoyed swings, churning milk, applying mehandi on palms. They danced to welcome sawan with songs. School director Randhir Singh persuaded kids to value their heritage.

Contests held: Mono-acting and folk songs competitions were held at Baba Isher Singh Senior Secondary School here on Friday. Around 60 students from Classes IV to XII participated in these contests.

For mono-acting, students were divided into three groups.

The results: folk song competition: Group A — Dilpreet VII-C; Group B — Munish Kumar 1, Gurleen Kaur 2, Mandeep Kaur 3. Group C — Amanpreet Kaur 1, Aishjot Kaur 2, Pavneet Kaur 3; mono-acting: Group I — Rakshit Bedi 1, Jasmmet Singh 2, Guneet Kaur 3; Group II — Avneet Singh 1, Jasmeet Kaur 2, Navpreet and Jaskaran Singh 3.

Environment Week: Environment Week was observed at Sacred Heart, BRS Nagar, from July 25 to 29. Students participated in various contests, including slogan writing, elocution, quiz, just a minute, walking posters. They also planted saplings.



Workshop on fashion trends
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 29
Ivanna Institute of Fashion Technology conducted a workshop on fashion trends and use of colours to create on fabrics on July 27 and 28.
Students of PTU Learning centre attended the workshop. They were given an opportunity to play with colours and put these into use.

They created innovative designs which were later transferred on garments and fabrics.

These garments will be displayed at an exhibition and put on sale too.

Ms Manmeet Sodhia, director of the institute, said such programmes allowed the students to work on different products and mediums. It stimulated their designing and creative skills.



Beauty products doing more harm than good: expert
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 29
A sudden spurt in beauty consciousness among the people has led to a glut of so called natural and herbal cosmetics in the Indian market which is doing more harm than good if the experts and medical professionals are to be believed.

At the same time there are all kinds of myths about skin care, passed on from generation to generation, that also need to be clearly understood and remedial steps taken.

According to Dr Gurinderjit Singh, senior consultant and Head of the Department of Dermato-Venerology and Hair Transplantation at Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation here, the increased awareness of adverse effects of synthetic and chemical cosmetics was alluring more and more people towards natural and herbal products, but contrary to the popular belief, these household remedies and natural products were not that harmless either.

"For example, very few women know that pimples will rather increase when milk products like curd, milk, milk cream or butter is used to clean the face. A person having allergic skin disease will have to face disastrous results when gram flour (besan), oatmeal or fine bran, raw egg white, lime juice, orange juice or even rose water is applied over the face or body either as mask or astringent or cleaning agent,"

In the same way, he remarked that the common practice among the women to give oil massage to the babies before bath ought to be changed. The best results of oil application, both in infants and grown ups, were obtained when the skin was slightly moist after the bath. Moreover, regular use of oil and oil-massage in summers could lead to infection of hair roots. Another popular notion that shaving of scalp improved hair growth had no scientific basis because the rate of hair growth remained the same and shaving did not add new hair roots to the scalp.

Dr Singh was categorical to maintain that skin creams and moisturisers containing vitamins A, E and other plant extracts did not prevent aging and wrinkles. The plumping action of skin moisturisers, per se, improved wrinkled skin only temporarily. Similarly, shampoos with different additives like pro-vitamin B-5, keratin etc were not known to have any added advantage since these were not absorbed in the scalp and hair shaft being a dead structure.

On premature graying of hair, he opined that though the condition caused a great concern, especially among young girls, it was genetically determined and no scientific data existed to prove the utility of oil application for the same. Neither did application of oil prevent fall of hair which again depended on genetic factors, balanced diet and state of mind. He said the preference given to shampoos which produced more lather was yet another misconception. Cleaning depended upon the detergent content whereas lather was produced by foam boosters.

In a word of advice to teenagers, Dr Singh said diet had little role to play in the management of acne (pimples) which should be adequately treated under medical supervision. "Further, cleansing milk and various face wash products in the market have no added advantage over ordinary soap. Imported cosmetics are no better than Indian ones which are manufactured keeping local climatic conditions in mind."

He further asked the young girls to refrain from beauty procedures as far as possible in the wake of the fact that excessive use of bleaching, facial, steaming, threading and waxing led to orange peel appearance of the skin.



Admn gears up to tackle malaria threat
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 29
The district administration today directed the Health Department, the Municipal Corporation and municipal committees to gear up to face the threat of malaria. Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, directed the civic authorities to take up intensive fogging in Ludhiana city. The special emphasis would be on areas chronically affected by malaria.

He directed the Municipal Corporation to publicise the fogging schedule through press notes. Phone numbers of the control room should also be mentioned so that people could give feedback as regards fogging in their areas. Cross-checking through municipal councillors and other senior staff of the corporation should also be undertaken, he said.

The Civil Surgeon and the SDMs were also directed to give weekly feedback as to whether the fogging was being done as per the schedule. Similar directions were given to Executive Officers of all municipal committees to ensure fogging in their municipality areas.

He said that wherever there is any collection of stagnant water, crude oil should be taken to check the growth of larva. The District Development and Panchayat Officer was directed to ensure that crude oil was put in every pond of the villages so that growth of larva was checked. He was also asked to get filled small pits in villages where collection of stagnant water was possible. He was asked to take up special campaign in villages to clean drains. The Municipal Corporation and municipal committees were asked to constitute groups for filling up pits and removing stagnant water.

Mr Verma directed the Civil Surgeon to ensure focal spray in Giaspura, Sahnewal and Maloud areas, that had been identified by government as malaria-prone. Mr Verma also directed the Civil Surgeon to launch an intensive health education campaign. The schedule of the campaign should be sent to the SDMs, who shall cross-check as to whether the health education camps were being properly held or not.

The District Education Officers (Elementary) and (Secondary) would designate a teacher as health in charge in each school.



Meet your patient online
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 28
The Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) has launched a unique service for family members of admitted patients — they would be able to receive the photograph of the recovering patients through the Internet.

These photographs would be sent to the e-mail address concerned as an attachment and there would be no charge for it. Anyone could send a request for a picture, giving particulars of the patient at hdhi@rediffmail.com or info@hdhiheart.com. This service could also be availed through a telephonic request on 91 09872 400867-66.

A spokesperson said this service was initially started on special request by a few persons but seeing the huge response, the hospital decided to extend the facility to all patients.

With access to the latest photograph of their hospitalised relatives, now people from any part of the globe could get to know the status and speed of recovery of the patient admitted to the institute.

Dental insurance

In order to create dental awareness among the masses as well as to enable them afford costly dental treatment, Smile Care Centre in the city has, for the first time, introduced a ‘dental insurance plan.’ Proposed to be run under the name of ‘Healthy Smile Club’, it aims at providing total dental care and treatment for the family.

According to Dr Atamjeet Singh, over 90 per cent of the city population either did not know about dental diseases and treatment or else they could not afford the costly dental treatment. The dental insurance plan would be an endeavour to create awareness among the people about oral health.



Varun steers KVM School to victory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 29
Accurate bowling by Varun Chitkara (4 for 30) helped Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School to register 8-wicket victory over SDP Senior Secondary School in the Ludhiana Zonal (PAU) Cricket Tournament (under-19) being played at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University ground, here today.

SDP Senior Secondary School won the toss and elected to bat first. They were out for a 101 in 20 overs. Only Hipin and Mohit put up some semblance of resistance. They scored 25 and 20 runs, respectively. Kundan Vidya Mandir School’s speedster, Varun Chitkara ripped apart SDP School’s batting line-up, claiming four wickets. He was ably assisted by Bharat Malhotra who chipped in with three for 32 runs.

SDP School’s total appeared to be a paltry one as Kundan Vidya Mandir School achieved the target in the 12th over after losing just two wickets. Their innings revolved around Arun Puri and Bharat Malhotra who contributed 32 runs each while Shanky Khaira and Aditya Bhatia scored 10 and 12 runs, respectively. Navdeep of SDP School grabbed both wickets conceding 32 runs.



GNPS lads win hockey title
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 29
Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, thrashed Malwa Senior Secondary School 6-2 in the final of the u-14 boys hockey in the Ludhiana Zonal (Gill) Tournament at GNPS Ground here. Mandeep Singh Sidhu and Harjot Singh scored a brace each while Abhayjit and Ishjot struck once each to guide GNP School to a comfortable victory. Tejinderpal Singh reduced the margin for the Malwa Senior Secondary School.

The school lads also annexed the handball basketball titles in the u-19 years section while the girls team of this school advanced into the next round in the basketball tournament in the u-17 and u-19 years categories.


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