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Agro-scientists stress on scientific outlook
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
The regional problems related to agriculture should be discussed and solved scientifically to remove a fear psychosis among the farmers. Such issues should be discussed at the district-level before presenting them at the state-level meetings.

This was stated by Dr S.S. Gill, Director, Extension Education, PAU, while addressing a state-level meeting of agricultural scientists, extension specialists and directors of research stations here today.

He also added that the cotton scientists were looking at the problems being faced by the farmers of various regions.

Dr G.S. Chahal, a well-known cotton specialist, said the experts would find out the reason of low cotton yield on the basis of statistical data to be collected next year.

Dr L.S. Brar, Head, Department of Agronomy and Agromet, said we should understand the method of cultivation of Bt cotton technically as it was quite different from other varieties. He said that we would have to develop different methods of cultivation for the different varieties of Bt cotton.

Dr G.S. Hira, Additional Director of Research, said the agricultural extension specialists should also play a significant role in the field of research in order to decrease the research expenditures.

Dr H.S. Dhaliwal, an economist, Dr Ranjodhan Singh Sahota, Head, Animal Husbandry, Extension, Dr D.R. Sharma, Dean, College of Vety Science, and Dr (Ms) Jaswinder Kaur Sangha also expressed their views in their respective fields.

Dr Sangha said the meeting of the home scientists working in KVKs would be held on November 10 at PAU.



Grow Basmati, experts advise farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 7
A field day on Basmati rice was organised at Khiala village by the Department of Agronomy and Agrometeorology, PAU, under the project “Reviving Green Revolution” funded by the Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai.

Dr L.S. Brar, Head, Department of Agronomy and Agrometeorology, said the event saw the participation of over 3,000 farmers, including women. Dr S.P. Mehra, Dr Thakar Singh, Dr Rajiv Sikka, Dr S.S. Bhinder and Dr K.S. Deol are the investigators.

Dr S.S. Gill, Director of Extension Education, presided over the function which was attended by scientists from various fields. Dr A.S. Dhatt, Director, Post-Harvest Technology and consultant to the trust, was also present.

Farmers were advised to shift some area from paddy to Basmati rice cultivation as it required less water and gave better returns. Various aspects of crop practices like sowing methods, fertiliser application, weed, insect pest and disease management were also covered.

Queries of the farmers were answered on the spot.



Parents to meet Bhattal on fee issue
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 7
The controversy surrounding the fee structure in private medical colleges refuses to die with students and parents complaining of exploitation and fleecing. After making no headway in their pleas with the respective college managements, senior government officials and the authorities of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, parents of students of batches 2003, 2004 and 2005 of Dayanand Medical College here have formed an action committee to continue their struggle.

At meeting attended by parents of more than a dozen students, it was decided to meet the Secretary and Director of Medical Education and Research Department, and Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, state Minister for Medical Education. They said the medical colleges must follow the fee structure recommended by the Fee Fixation Committee of the state government which was set up on the directions of the apex court.

Dr Hardeep Singh, state president of the PCMS Association, expressed concern over the attitude of the private college managements, whom he charged with commercialisation of medical education.

The parents alleged that private medical colleges, including the DMC, had charged an annual fee of Rs 2.42 lakh from fresh students. Old batches of 2003 and 2004 had also been asked to deposit the difference if they had deposited a lower fee on a provisional basis at the time of admission.

The DMC Principal, Dr Daljit Singh, however, refuted the allegations. He said the management was abiding by the directions of the Supreme Court. He said the court had left it to the college managements to determine the fee structure with the rider that there should be no capitation fee and profiteering.

“The fee charged for the undergraduate medical course in the DMC has been determined on the basis of expenditure involved on the faculty, infrastructure, teaching and training facilities,” he maintained.



1,640 to compete in PU youth fest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 7
The 47th Panjab University Youth and Heritage Festival, under way at Ramgarhia Girls College here, will be formally inaugurated tomorrow by Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, and Dr K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University.

Dr S.M. Kant, Director, Youth Welfare Department, Panjab University, said the festival would be a week-long affair. As many as 1,640 students from 125 colleges would participate in it.

Mr Kant said winners of Inter-Zonal Festival, in which 150 colleges of 10 zones participated, were participating in the festival. It would conclude on November 13.

“This year Heritage has been included in the youth festival at the university level. Events in embroidery would be organised. The students would also compete in ‘pakhi’ making, mehndi etc.

“We have so arranged the events that the studies of students are not disturbed,” said Mr Kant, adding that 90 judges from different universities have been appointed.

Ms Harmit Kaur, Principal of the college, said the college hosted the similar festival in 1992.

GHG college bags 23 prizes

The GHG Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, won 23 prizes in the Chandigarh Punjab Youth Festival (Zone-B) held at Dev Samaj College of Education, Ferozepore.

In gidha, group and sammi dance competitions the college teams were adjudged second while the Shabad team was adjudged third. Amrita Arora stood first in group song, Ravneet second in sammi. Sapreena stood second in group dance, Gursharan third in skit and Amandeep third in traditional songs.

Eamanpreet bagged second prize in classical vocal while Amita and Priyanka bagged third prize in song and folk song category, respectively.

Gurmeet Kaur was declared first in still-life drawing competition. Saba and Sukrita were adjudged second in creative writing and histronics respectively. In phulkari and embroidery competitions Maninder and Surinder got second prize.

Jaspreet, Sunaina, Karamjeet and Gurmeet got third position in landscape drawing, drawing from life, still-life and story writing, respectively.

Manpreet and Paramjeet Kaur were declared third in embroidery and knitting, respectively.



Children’s Day celebrations 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 7
As part of Children’s Day celebrations, salad making and fresh flower arrangement competitions were held for outgoing students of Class X of Sacred Heart Convent School, Urban Estate, here today. Around 70 boys and girls participated.

The results of the flower arrangement competition are: Hartej Singh 1, Ankit Bhattacharya II and Amandeep Singh III . The results of salad making competition are Priyanka Goel I, Mrinalini Dhawan II and Shilpi Sodhi III.

Meanwhile, Chanda Mama students had a surprise in store for them. With Divali just gone and Children’s Day around the corner, a train arrived at Chanda Mama full of sweets. There was an assortment of sweets before them.



Missionary college holds religious exams
Our Correspondent

Khanna, November 7
Sikh Missionary College, Ludhiana, organised religious examinations at Narotam Vidya Mandir here. Mr Balram Dutt Sharma was appointed chief flying squad for the examination.

Addressing a meeting of teachers after the examination, he said it was a unique step by the college to make students aware of the ill effects of TV and drugs.

Mr Adarsh Kumar, Director, Narotam Vidya Mandir, asked students to read religious literature.

Mr Harbhajan Singh, Principal of the missionary college, announced special awards for students getting 60 per cent marks in the examinations. 



27 countries to take part in Asian Cycling Championship
Our Sport Reporter

Ludhiana, November 7
As many as 27 countries have confirmed their participation in the forthcoming 25th Asian Cycling Championship to be held at Punjab Agricultural University velodrome, Ludhiana, from December 11 to 18

Giving this information here last evening, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, former Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers and president, Cycling Federation of India (CFI), said all arrangements for this mega event had been completed. An organising committee with Mr Surinder Singla, Finance Minister, Punjab as its president has been constituted and Ms Amrit Kaur Gill, SDM, Ludhiana (East), has been appointed its organising secretary, besides a ceremonial committee, headed by the ADGP, Punjab, and Director, Punjab Police Training Academy, Phillaur.

In addition to this more than 12 sub-committees will also be formed for the smooth conduct of the event.

Mr J.S. Grewal, secretary- general, CFI, who was also present at the conference said all track events would be conducted at the PAU velodrome between December 14 to 18 while the road races would be held on the road between Doraha and Khanna towns, near here, from December 11 to 13.

To regulate traffic on this route on that day, a committee under the presidentship of Mr Naunihal Singh, SSP, Khanna, has been constituted. The participants will start arriving here on December 9. The Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, is expected to inaugurate the championship and Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab will preside over of the inaugural function.



BVM students excel in yoga meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 7
The students of the Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School gave a five performance in the Ludhiana District Yoga Championship held at Saraswati Modern School, Civil Lines, here yesterday.

Results of the championship are as follows: (Girls): five to eight years — Guneet first; Amitoj second and Neelaksha third. Eight to 12 years — Rinki first; Ruby second; and Amanpreet third (all students of Tagore Bal Vidya Mandir). 12 to 15 years — Mehak first; Payal Arora second; and Divya third (all students of Saraswati Modern School).

(Boys): five to eight years — Paras Sood first; Rewant Chopra second (both students of Saraswati Modern School); and Dev Sagar (a student of St John Preparatory School) third. Eight to 12 years — Vinay Chadha (a student of Saraswati Modern School) first; Tarun second; and Gurvinder third (both students of BVM School). 12 to 15 years — Rahul (a student of Tagore Bal Vidya Mandir) first; Sumit Sharma second; and Ankur Chhabra third (both students of BVM School). 15 to 18 years — Antariksh first; Anmol Anand second; and Sahil Sahni third (all students of Saraswati Model School).


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