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Government teachers to step up stir
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 11
A district level meeting of the Anti-Privatisation Adhypak Morcha was held under the presidentship of Charan Singh Sarabha here yesterday.
Mr Sarabha, general secretary, Government School Teachers Union , said the meeting unanimously condemned the Punjab Government for delaying appointments of around 4,000 teachers against vacant posts on the prestext of the policy of amalgamation of existing middle and primary schools situated at one place.

Actually, the government wants to hide the actual number of vacant and required posts of teacher and thus wants to abolish thousands of such vacant posts, he alleged.

Posts of subject teacher will also be reduced which will hit the quality of education. The meeting stressed that by appointing teachers under the Sarv Sikhya Abhiyan the government intended to appoint teachers on a contract basis and also undermine the existence of established regular government schools, which could not be tolerated by the teachers.

Mr Sarabha said in the next phase of their agitation, tehsil-level rallies would be held at Jagraon, Raikot, Payal and Ludhiana this month. On September 5, the Teachers’ Day, teachers, throughout the state, would wear black badges and a state-level protest march would be held. 



B.Ed college inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 11
It was not only the first day for students in the new academic session, but also the first day of the Doraha College of Education to function formally and mark its place in the map of B.Ed colleges.

The inaugural ceremony of the college was held today. Mr Sukhpal Singh, Chairman, Doraha College of Education, inaugurated the college.

In his inaugural address, the Chairman made the students familiar with the fabric of the institution.

Mrs Umal Kaur, Director, Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, spoke about the qualities of a good teacher. She emphasised that a true teacher was one who remained a learner always and touched the hearts of students with love and concern.

Mrs Amrit Kaur, Director of the college, introduced the faculty members to the students. She stressed the need for inculcating human values in the students. The inaugural ceremony was followed by an orientation programme conducted by Ms Vandini Sood. The students were informed about the course structure.

Dr R.S. Gupta, Director, DIMT, and Mr Mathew Varghess, Principal, SGHPS, were also present on the occasion.



From Schools and Colleges
GNIMT students shine in MBA
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 11
Students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Model Town have done well in the odd-semester examinations held in May 2005. In MBA II (semester), all students passed with first division, while 55 per cent among them passed with honours by scoring more than 70 per cent marks. Jasmeet Kaur bagged first position by securing 85.3 per cent marks.Pooja Gupta got second position with 84.87 per cent marks and Ruma Mehta bagged third position with 83.7 per cent marks.

All students of MBA (IV semester) passed with honours. Savneet Kaur bagged first position with 88.7 per cent marks, Rajwinderdeep Kaur got second position by securing 88.6 per cent marks and Nidhi Singla secured third position with 87.9 per cent marks.

Dr (Col) H.S.Singha, Director, GNIMT, congratulated the students and faculty.

College session starts: Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET) Katani Kalan, started its session recently with an induction programme.The first-year students and their parents were invited for the programme.

Ms Paramjot Walia, Lecturer in communication skills, conducted the programme. She welcomed the guests and introduced them to the faculty members. Dr K.D.Manan, Vice-Principal, briefed the students about various academic rules of Punjab Technical University.

Excellent results: Students of MSc (IT) Ist year of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, brought laurels to the college with 100 per cent pass results. According to a press release, Gagandeep Kaur stood first in college, got 4th position in district and 11th in the university by scoring 84.37 per cent marks. Aditi Malhotra stood second in the college and sixth in district by scoring 83.75 per cent marks. Ratika Ahuja stood third in college and 11th in district with 82 per cent marks. Six students got above 80 per cent marks, 17 students scored above 75 per cent marks.

Talent hunt show: A talent hunt show was organised by the Youth Club at Government College for Women here today. The show evoked an enthusiastic response from the students who participated in large numbers in various competitions including music, literary activities, home science and fine arts. The Principal of the college, Ms Prabhjot Kaur, presided over.

In shabad gayan, Navneet Kaur Ist, Barkha IInd, Magandeep Kaur IIIrd. Debate-Neha Verma Ist, Romil Grewal IInd, Nishi IIIrd. Poem recitation - Mandeep Ist, Amandeep Kaur IInd, Sonika IIIrd. Skit (Individual)- Veerpal Ist, Kuldeep IInd, Pinki and Richa IIIrd. Histrionics- Manasvinee and Anita Ist, Creative essay writing- Romil Grewal Ist, Varinderjit IInd, Anantdeep IIIrd. Poem writing- Taranjeet Ist, Meenakshi IInd, Amandeep IIIrd. Ghazal- Navneet Ist, Harmeet IInd, Prakriti IIIrd. Geet- Harmeet Kaur Ist, Rupinder IInd, Navneet IIIrd. Rakhi making- Shilpa Ist. Mehndi competition- Gagandeep Ist, Ritika IInd, Madhuri IIIrd. Knitting- Deepika Aggarwal Ist. Lok geet competition, Parminder Kaur Ist, Jaspreet Kaur IInd. In western song category, Barkha first, Nancy second and Taman came third.

The function was organised by the student council of the college under leadership of Shivya Sahnan, Head Girl of the college.

Cent per cent result: The Department of Computer Science and Applications of Ramgarhia Girls College has got 100 per cent result in their M.Sc (IT) first-year examination conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. All students passed with first division securing more than 68 per cent marks. Six students got above 80 per cent marks and 22 students got above 75 per cent marks.

The Principal of the college, Ms Harmit Kaur, congratulated the faculty and students of the department.

Little patriots: Tiny tots of Disney Land celebrated Independence Day with zeal and enthusiasm. The little ones dressed as freedom fighters, stunned everyone with their performance.

They paid tributes to their country, wearing the Tri-colour cap.



10-day NSS camp at Ambedkar Nagar
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 11
As part of the cleanliness and awareness campaign regarding the preventive measures against seasonal diseases, Mr. Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated a special 10 day NSS camp at Ambedkar Nagar (Gyaspura), where an epidemic had spread last year.

Addressing volunteers at the NSS camp, the DC urged them to visit door to door to educate people regarding preventive measures against malaria, gastro, dengue etc. He also asked them to carry out cleanliness drive in all streets of the mohalla and clean the stagnated water. He said that in this particular area due to unhygienic conditions and lack of cleanliness, a large number of people had suffered from seasonal diseases and some lives had also been lost.

He also exhorted the people of the area to make maximum use of this 10- day NSS camp and extend their cooperation to the volounteers.

Mr MS Jaggi, who coordinated the camp with the Department of Youth Services, motivated the youth to extend their services to clean the area.

Ms Hirdaypal Kaur, Director, Youth Services, also talked to the NSS volunteers.

Mr Hakam Singh, Councillor, Mr Amarjit Singh Sidhu, Programme Officer and Dr Jaspreet Singh were also present on the occasion. 



NTT students awarded certificates
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 11
On the completion of the Nursery Teachers Training course session 2004-05, a special certificate awarding function was held at New Punjab Public School, Jagraon (Ludhiana), Prof Baldev Singh of the District Institute of the Education & Training (DIET) Jagraon, was the chief guest.

The ceremony, which was held under the patronage of Principal Narinder Kaur, was attended by 50 students. At least 22 girls were awarded NII certificates. There toppers were given mementoes.

After awarding the certificates, Prof Baldev Singh, known as an educational administrator and an authority on the teaching of English, highlighted the importance of skill-based education.

He remarked that skill development courses were even more essential for women for economic self-dependence and good social status in the present set-up.



CMCH to have paediatric ICU
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 11
With the contributions made by local residents, the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here has embarked upon a project of setting up a paediatric intensive care unit (ICU) and expanding the existing general ICU at a cost of Rs 10 crore.

Stating this here today, the acting Director of the CMCH, Dr John Pramod said the existing ICU with 115 beds, was probably one of the largest in the region.

“For quite some time, the need for its expansion was being felt since the ICU has cent per cent occupancy at any given time with a huge waiting list. We plan to establish a separate paediatric ICU, initially with eight beds and add another 18 to the general ICU.

“Since the technology in the health sector is growing at a very fast pace, it becomes necessary to upgrade the existing facilities in time. The entire project will be looking at both aspects of expansion and upgradation of the ICU,” said Dr Promod.

According him the paediatric ICU. would be a children-friendly ward with equal comfort for parents. It would be centrally monitored, centrally air-conditioned, manned by well-trained paediatricians, anesthetists, nurses and technicians round the clock.

“The paediatric ICU will be equipped with latest state-of-the art facilities, aided by hi-tech equipments.

Elaborating on the role of citizens of Ludhiana, and from the region as a whole in raising funds for the cause, said the acting director said that since 1998, the people had extended their whole hearted support. It was through funds raised from the people through the dedicated efforts of Mr S.N. Maini, chairman of advisory committee, that the hospital had been able to set up a modern trauma centre.

Over 100 severely burnt victims of the Khud Mohalla fire here were treated within 90 minutes at the trauma centre. The teams of medical professionals and supporting staff had rendered services in Tsunami-affected areas. The entire cost of transportation, setting up of a base camp, medicines and equipment was met through funds raised by city residents.

Dr John Abraham, Medical Superintendent, Dr Yashwir Diwan, Dr Joy Deep, both Deputy Medical Superintendents and Mr S.N. Maini, chairman, advisory committee, were also present. 



Health check-up coupon saves life
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 11
There could have been no better gift for Mr Mukhtiar Singh (name changed) and his wife on their wedding anniversary from their children. The unique gift was a ‘health check up’ coupon from Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) here.

On investigation, Mr Singh showed early symptoms of coronary artery diseases (CAD), which, if remained undetected, could have been life-threatening.

To the utter relief of the family, the disease was at a very early stage and after brief treatment in hospital, Mr Mukhtiar Singh became a healthy man once again.

According to Dr G.S. Wander, Director and Chief Cardiologist, HDHI, there were many such cases where early detection and timely treatment saved precious lives. “This particularly holds true in case of heart diseases.”

He said keeping this in mind, the HDHI was promoting the concept of regular ‘health check-ups’.


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