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PAU honours senior scientists
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today honoured some senior scientists for their outstanding contribution to agricultural development. They included Dr G.S. Nanda, Dr Piara Singh Gill, Dr Gurdip Singh and H.S.Gulati. Presiding over the function to honour these scientists, organised by the Directorate of Extension Education, Dr S.S.Gill, Director, said these scientists had made a significant contribution in the field of research, teaching and extension.

Dr Gill said Dr G.S. Nanda, recipient of the Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award, had made a rich contribution in developing the wheat variety PBW 343. Dr Piara Singh Gill got recognition at the international level for his research made at the Rice Research Centre, Kapurthala. Dr Gill highlighted the services rendered by Dr Gurdip Singh, in the field of pulses. H.S.Gulati of the Department of Soil and Water Engineering had made a notable contribution in resetting the water resources by using the new techniques.

The Directorate of Extension Education has honoured these scientists by presenting them mementoes. Senior Extension Specialists and scientists from all over Punjab were present on the occasion. 



PAU announces Thapar gold medals
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
Under the chairmanship of Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, a meeting of the academic council was held in which it was decided that the university would honour three students with the Dr P.N. Thapar Memorial gold medal. They include Gungeet Mahindra, best graduate of 2002 from the College of Home Science, Sunaina Singh and Ms Taniya Dhillon, both best graduates of 2003 and 2004, respectively, from the College of Agriculture.

Besides this, the merit certificate will be given to Gagandeep Kaur from the College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry.

Giving this information, Dr V.K. Sharma, Registrar, said it had also been decided to honour wards of farmers and industrialists under the new category.

Dr S.S. Gill, Director Extension Education, Dr B.S. Dhillon, Director of Research, Dr Darshan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies, Dr A.P.S. Mann, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Dr S.K. Sondhi, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering, and Dr A.S. Sohi, president, PAUTA, were present, among others, at the meeting.



President’s award for city teacher
Our Correspondent

Sukhwant Kaur
Ms Sukhwant Kaur, Headmistress, Government Middle School, Phukanwala

Ludhiana, September 2
“If all teachers teach students with dedication treating them as their own children, the level of education will go very high in our state," said Ms Sukhwant Kaur, winner of President’s award for the best teacher. She is going to Delhi to get this award on September 5.

For Ms Sukhwant, teaching is a vocation as she has been taught by her parents right from the very beginning that service to mankind is what man has been sent to the earth for. She said,”My mother was a Sarpanch and my father a national athlete. Both were committed to helping downtrodden people and so I imbibed these values. For this reason, I keep working in the school till late hours.”

She said she started her teaching career in 1971 in a school in Gidderanwali village in Ferozepore as an art and craft teacher. But she improved her qualifications while she was in service. She did her post graduation in Punjabi and was appointed a Punjabi teacher .

At present, she is working as Headmistress of Government Middle School, Phukanwala. She said,”I was sent to Phulanwala on deputation and I was lucky that I got a promotion. I started the school in two rooms. With the help of the panchayat and the community, we have built a double storeyed building. Earlier when we started , there was no playground, but now we have playgrounds and the total value of the property stands at Rs 70 lakh.”

She runs a ‘guidance cell’ in the school in the after noon for the poor destitute girls. The girls get training in sewing and stitching so that they can be empowered economally. Various NGOs have been roped in to extend help to the school. During her teaching career she won the State Award in 1999 for Best Contribution in Education Department. She also received an award from Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister for excellence in teaching. Several NGOs have rewarded her for her dedicated teaching work and her enterprise.

Since both her sons are abroad, she treats students as her children and is ready to spend time with them in watering the plants of school to helping them prepare for staying plays, and making models for exhibitions. She has indeed done the city proud.



From Colleges
Teachers to be honoured on September 5
Tribune Reporters

Doraha, September 2
Doraha College of Education, that has started its first academic session of B.Ed. course from this year will organise a function to observe Teachers’ Day on September 5.

On this day the college will honour teachers of the schools of Doraha. Dr Inderpal Singh, former Pro-Vice- Chancellor, GNDU, will be the chief guest on the occasion.

Guru Nanak National College: The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle has set up its unit in Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, for the 2005-06 session.

Mr Satnam Singh Sallopuri, Director, youth services of the study circle and Mr Tejinder Singh, Coordinator, academic field, educated the unit members about the aims and objectives of their religious mission and asked them to make efforts to follow the path of goodwill and righteousness.

Mr Satnam Singh asserted that Guru Granth Sahib, apart from being a religious book of Sikhs, was a scientific and practical document to be followed in letter as well as in spirit. He stressed upon the need to follow the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib. He also spoke about the importance of langar.

Prof B. S. Pangali, general secretary, college management committee, also stressed the need for following the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib in the world full of falsehood and depravity. 



From Schools
Sri Guru Harkrishan school students excel
Tribune Reporters

Doraha, September 2
Nisha Gupta of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, bagged the second position in the state-level science seminar organised by the State Institute of Science Education, Punjab, at DAV Public School, Ropar.

The topic for the seminar was “The century of physics: Achievements and challenges”. More than 15 students representing various districts of Punjab took part in the seminar.

The seminar was conducted in three stages. Firstly, an objective type written test was organised after which the participants gave a presentation with the help of audio-visual aids. Later, the questions were posed to the participants.

Nisha of Guru Harkrishan Public School represented Ludhiana District and bagged the second position. She had earlier won the first position at tehsil and district-level science seminars.

Mr Sadhu Singh Randhawa, Director, SCERT, Chandigarh, gave the prizes to the winners. The president of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public school, Mrs Amrit Kaur Gurm, the Director, Mrs Umal Kaur, and Principal Mathew Vorghese congratulated Nisha on the occasion.

‘Shabad gayan’ contest: The Shabad Gayan competition was organised at the district-level at SGHP school, Dugri Road, Ludhiana.

The competition was sponsored by the Punjab School Education Board.

In the first category i.e. Ist to Vth standard the ‘shabad gayan’ team of Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School secured the first position in the competition.

The participants were Inderpreet Kaur, Shivreet Kaur, Jasleen Kaur, Ravleen Kaur and Arshjot Kaur.

In the third category (IXth, XIIth standard), the school won the second position in which Hardeep Kaur, Jasleen Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Damanjot Kaur and Gurkiran Kaur, ensured their active participation.

Principal, Mathew Varghese and Director Umal Kaur congratulated the ‘shabad gayan’ team for securing first position.

Dance contest: The Sahodaya Inter-School Dance Competition was held at the KVM auditorium here yesterday. Kundan Vidya Mandir played host to about 4,000 students and teachers from 20 CBSE schools. The function was presided over by Mrs Bhavna Garg, ADC, Kapurthala.

The results of various competitions held on the occasion are as follows:

Classical Dance: 1st, Green Land Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana; 2nd, Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, Ludhiana; 3rd, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School BRS Nagar, Ludhiana.

Folk Dance: 1st, Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana; 2nd, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar; 3rd, Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines.

Championship Trophy: Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Sarbha Nagar; Ist Runner up Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines and 2nd Runner up Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar.

Declamation contest: A Punjabi declamation contest was organised at the local Baba Isher Singh (N) Senior Secondary Public School. Thirtytwo students from Classes VI to XII participated. The competition was divided into three categories.

Dr Kanwaljit Kaur, Lecturer Government Senior Secondary Public School, Gobind Nagar, Ludhiana, was the judge.

The results are: Category I: Gurjot Kaur —1, Harsimran Kaur — 2.

Category II: Gurbakshish Singh —1, Pardeep Kaur — 2. Category III: Parampreet Kaur — 1 XII, Mansimran Singh — 2 XB.

Ramgarhia School wins: The Principal, Ms Kanwaljeet Kaur of Ramgarhia Girls Senior Secondary School, has stated in a press note that the competitions held by Punjab School Education Board at the elementary level in calligraphy Amanjot’s group had stood first in Shabad Gayan. Rohini stood third and Karamjit Kaur and party in vaar gayan third.



Freshers welcomed
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 2
Students of M. Com final year of postgraduate Department of Commerce, Arya College, Ludhiana, gave a sizzling performance welcoming the students of M. Com. I
A cultural programme “ADDAB 2005” was organised in the Bharati Auditorium of the College last evening.

The show was anchored by Miss Niti Goswami and Miss Sarabjit Kaur.

Principal Dr S.M. Sharma lighted the ceremonial lamp.

The students of M. Com final danced on the tunes of Ashiq Banaya Dus Bahane and Kajrare.

A couple of songs were also presented by Mr Gaurav Marwaha and Miss Renu which were highly appreciated by the audience who kept showering praise throughout the show.

Miss Fresher — Miss Shaifi Wadwa, First runnersup — Miss Geetika, Mr Fresher — Mr Maninder Singh, Miss Confident — Miss Swati, Miss beautiful Smile- Miss Impreet and Shruti, Miss beautiful hair- Miss Jyoti Nanda and Miss beautiful eyes — Miss Deepika Sehgal. 




Apropos a report carried in Ludhiana Tribune on August 30, 2005, about the result of BHMS Examination, 2005, conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Science, the students of Lord Mahavira Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital - Chander Prabha, Rajinder Kaur and Bindia Sarin, have secured first, second and third position respectively in their college and not in the university. The inadvertent error is regretted.



Rajasthani artistes perform at a ‘baithak’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 2
Bhungar Khan, a young man from Maganiar, tribe from Jaisalmer mesmerises audiences by playing ‘khadtal’. ‘Khadtal’ has just four wooden blocks and the skill lies in holding two pieces in each hand and clicking them to create music. Since the boys of this tribe start learning at a very young age, by the time they grow up, they attain a high degree of proficiency.

Langas and Maganiars performed at a ‘baithak’ organised for the first time in a private dance school. The ‘baithak’ was arranged at Ms Sangeeta’s studio late last evening. Ms Sangeeta, talking to the Ludhiana Tribune, said, “Since I was associated with many functions organised by SPIC MACAY, I decided to adopt their pattern. So I have taken up the ‘Guru-shisya parampara’ and have decided to arrange one ‘baithak’ every three months and let one of my students perform with these great artistes and learn finer nuances from them.”

Sangeeta said the purpose of her institute was to aim at achieving perfection to train performing artistes and teachers. Exposure is given through performances, workshops and lecture demonstrations to the students by eminent artistes. “Organising of the ‘baithak’ is the first step towards it”, said Sangeeta

Troupes of Langas and Maganiars comprising four members sang famous numbers starting with “Damadum Mast Kalandar” “Nimubada” and “Kesaria”. Babu Khan and Nehru Khan provided vocals and Papa Khan played the ‘dholak’.

The function started with the lighting of a lamp by Navin Talwar, coordinator, SPIC Macay, and Ganesh ‘stuti’ was performed by Namaya Mittal.



Eat balanced diet to curb obesity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 2
The Department of Food and Nutrition, College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, will celebrate “National Nutrition Week” till September 7 in various schools of the city.

Giving details, Dr M.K. Dhillon, Dean, College of Home Science, said the aim of the programme is to make children aware about eating adequate and right kind of diet to become physically and mentally fit.

A number of studies conducted by the department in city schools revealed that the number of obese children is ever increasing day by day. Literature also confirms that childhood obesity leads to adult obesity. Various non-communicable diseases like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer are associated with obesity.

Dr Dhillon advised that the management of childhood obesity needs proper counselling of children and their parents. Considering these, the main emphasis during the week will be laid on balanced homemade diets to be consumed regularly. She said the awareness among children would be created through play-way methods.



Sports meet concludes
Our Correspondent

Samrala, September 2
A three-day sports meet of schools concluded at Shahi Sports College here today.
In kabaddi, the local Government Senior Secondary School defeated Manki School. In the u-14 category, Government Middle School, Khahra, stood first, while Senior Secondary School, Behlolpur, got second position.

In handball (girls), Government High School, Takhran, got first position and National Public School, Samrala, got second position. In the u-14 category, National School stood first.

In kho kho, girls of Government High School, Ottalan, stood first by defeating Government High School, Sherpur Bet.

In volleyball, Government Senior Secondary School, Behlolpur, stood first after defeating Government High School, Uppalan. In the girls’ category, Government Senior Secondary School, Samrala, stood first.

Women’s games: A two-day Ludhiana Women’s Sports Meet will be held here at Guru Nanak Stadium on September 6 and 7.

According to Mr Gianinder Singh, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, the meet is being organised jointly by the Punjab Sports Department and the Sports Authority of India.

During the meet, competition in athletics, hockey, kho-kho, kabaddi and volleyball will be conducted. Players who have been working in any state government or in any department (state or Central Government) are eligible to take part. Performance during this meet will be taken into consideration while finalising the Ludhiana team for the Punjab State Games to be held at Mansa from September 20 to 22.

Besides, trails to select the teams in the disciplines of basketball, handball, badminton and gymnastics will also be held for the star games on September 6 at Guru Nanak Stadium at 9 am.

Interested players have been advised to send their entries by September 5.


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