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Submission deadline near, but forms not available
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 12
Some of the colleges here are facing a tough situation as the university forms for annual examination are not readily available from the Panjab University, the last date of the submission of which has already been announced by the university.

The Superintendent of GGN College, Doraha, said the forms were in short supply at the university campus and one of their employees had to return empty handed due to their non-availability.

On one hand, December 3 has been fixed as the last date for submission of the forms while on the other hand, some of the colleges are yet to receive them from the university as the university officials reply that the forms are being printed.

As it requires more than a month to complete the forms in all respects, it is next to impossible to submit them in time.

“Once the forms are available, they are given to the students to be completed by them, then counter-checked by the teachers, again typed, prepared separately and when you have hundred of such forms to be examined it becomes a Herculean task,” he added.

The penalty for each form submitted late is Rs 1000. The Principal, Dr Jhanji of A S College for Boys, Khanna, said earlier the last date for submission used to be December 25.

The university should extend the last date of submission of the forms at least to the December 15 so that hurried submission is avoided. Moreover, this time the load has increased all the more as the colleges are supposed to attach the examination forms, filled in all respects, along with the Pupil’s numbers of BA-I, B.Com I and BCA-I classes,” he added.

“Since the last date of submission of forms by private candidates has been increased from November 3 to November 18, the University shall do it better to increase the date of the submission of forms of the regular students too since the colleges are finding it difficult to complete all formalities required in the forms within the stipulated time,” said Prof Jagdev Singh Grewal, Principal, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha.



State-level quiz winners eye national title
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
Three girl students from Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women here who won the Inter-Zonal quiz competition at Ramgarhia Girls College on Wednesday, are now preparing the national title with great enthusiasm.

Prior to this, the winners, namely Sheetal Chawla of MA I (English), Jaspreet of B.Com (final year) and Gunneet of BA (IInd year), had won zonal level competition at Mata Ganga Khalsa College, Kota.

Sheetal, while sharing her experiences, said the contest was really tough.‘‘We all had prepared well. Being a literature student, I had prepared literature and history. We used to read a lot of general knowledge magazines and newspapers thoroughly. In addition to this, we never missed the episodes of KBC II. I feel hard-work always pays. With the declaration of results, we have started preparing for the nationals, which are likely to be held at Jammu’’, she said.

The Principal of the college, Ms Manju Chawla, said at inter-zonal level, 10 zones comprising 125 colleges had participated. The toppers of 10 zones took a written test in which only four teams had qualified. ‘‘In all 30 students had appeared and our students won this prestigious round. The college management is trying to provide all the possible help to these students. We hope that they will bring the national trophy, too’’, said Ms Chawla.

Another commerce student, Ms Jaspreet said she had prepared the business/commerce stream. ‘‘We had divided everything as per our interest and this idea really clicked. We gave much preference to self-study but used to spend some time together’’, said Jaspreet, an IAS aspirant.

The third student, Gunneet said it was altogether a wonderful experience. ‘‘I had prepared science. I want to do post-graduation in psychology and want to become a clinical psychologist. With God’s grace, we have qualified for the inter-zonal competition. Efforts of the Principal, college teachers and good wishes of family members have borne fruit’’, said Gunneet.



Computer training for govt teachers
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
“Computer training for govt school teachers is being imparted at Govt Inservice Training Centre under ‘Microsoft Project Shiksha Scheme,” disclosed Mrs Sarabjeet Kaur, Principal, GITC, here today.

She said computer-aided learning programme had generated a lot of enthusiasm amongst govt school teachers and the teachers were being provided specialised training by a computer instructors.

The teachers were also trained to do their works on computers, such as making question papers, collecting datas about education and making lesson plans etc, with many illustrations in Microsoft powerpoint and use them with sound affects and animation.

Coordinator, Dr Shashi Trechan, said 20 teachers were being called in every 12-day course to learn functioning of computer system. Latest computer system had been installed at GITC for this purpose.

The assistant coordinator of ‘Edusat’, Mr Davinder Singh Chhina, also informed that “Edusat - Project” would be launched at GITC shortly.

“The latest technology is being fused into the education so that teachers and students could learn faster and understand the subject concepts better,” said Mr Chhina.



IT experts call for techno revolution
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) started its 2nd international conference on ‘Challenges and Opportunities in IT Industry-ICCII 2005’ here today. Two delegates from Iran and one from Sri Lanka are participating in the conference. About 12 contributions from international researchers were received for ICCII-2005.

Mr Deepak Nanda, MD, SME Services, Government of Punjab, inaugurated ICCII-2005 and Mr Ravikant Yadav, Punjab Infotec, and Mr Rajneesh Yadav, IDS, Infotech, were the key note speakers.

Dr O P Sahni, Dean(Academics), PCTE, welcomed the guests. Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director, PCTE, informed the audience about the theme of the conference and Wg Cdr H S Gill, Chairman, Punjab Management Education Trust, thanked all guests during the inaugural session of this conference.

ICCII-2005 had the contributions from all renowned institutes from various parts of the country as well as from, Sri Lanka, Iran, UK Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

During his speech, Mr Nanda, chief guest, said, “The technology cannot be stopped in the lab itself. It has to revolutionise the outside environment. IT demands overall excellence and performance”.



Seminar on Punjabi literature
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
A UGC-sponsored two-day national seminar organised by the postgraduate Department of Punjabi, Guru Nanak Girls College, concluded here today. The morning session was presided by Dr Atamjit Singh, Principal of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur. Dr Satish Verma, Head of the Department of Punjabi, Punjabi University, Patiala spoke about the changing scenario in Punjabi drama. Dr Surjit Singh from the Department of Punjabi, Punjabi University, discussed. Punjabi Poetry.

The evening session was presided by Dr Amarjit Singh Dua, Dean College Development Council, GND University, Amritsar. Dr Surjit Bhatti, Principal, TPD University College, Rampuraphul, presented a paper on “Changing scenario and Punjabi criticism.” Dr. Dawinderjit Kaur, from the host college discussed the concept, changes and context of criticism in Punjabi literature.

Principal Charanjit Mahal honoured the speakers. 



From Schools 
Workshop on AIDS 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
A workshop on HIV/AIDS was held under the aegis of NCC Gp HQ Ludhiana at Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, here yesterday. Officers, associated NCC officers of various colleges and schools and NCC cadets from Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Patiala participated in the workshop.

Col. SS Saini, Offg Group Commander, Ludhiana Group, welcomed the participants and emphasised the role of National Cadet Corps in creating AIDS awareness.

An open talk among the participants of various age group of 13 onwards on issues like sex, sexuality, STD's and HIV/AIDS was the highlight of the workshop. There was a group discussion among the participants regarding various myths and realities about the HIV/AIDS.

Cyber olympiad

Aneesh Mittal
Aneesh Mittal

Aneesh Mittal, a student of Class X of KVM School, bagged the first position at state-level in cyber olympiad competition held on August 22, 2005. He has qualified for the national-level and was awarded with gold medal.

Sharad Utsav

Students of New Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines, celebrated Sharad Utsav — a cultural programme in which students bid farewell to summers and welcomed the winters. Students presented a cultural show included folk dances, skits and bhangra. Mr Sunil Maria, president of the school managing committee, inaugurated the function by lighting a lamp.

The main aim of the celebration was to create an arena to work together in cordial environment and to give exposure to the Indian cultural festivals. The principal of the school, Ms Varun Lata Patel, urged the students to contribute and maintain Indian cultural values.

Children’s Day celebrated

Children’s Day was celebrated by tiny tots of Blooming Day Nursery School. A fancy dress competition was organised. Mr Ajay Johar, a Congress leader, was the chief guest. Principal Barjinder Kaur explained to the students reason for celebrating Children’s Day. The best performance award was given to Harleen Kaur.

Children’s Day was celebrated at Everest Playway and Nursery School, here today. A fancy dress competition was organised on the occasion. The tiny-tots came in very colourful dresses. Children came dressed up as Chacha Nehru, Gandhi Ji, Indira Gandhi as well as they presented themselves as Gujarati, Bengali, Rajasthani and Punj Pyare. Cakes and sweets were distributed among the children. There was a programme of dance presented by the tiny-tots. Mrs Poonam Sharma also explained the duties of students and told them how they would achieve their aims.

Mr Rajinder Krishan Sharma, President of the Association of PSEB-affiliated Schools of Punjab, gave away prizes to Sidhi Goyal (I), Keshav (II) and Anmol Bhatia (III)

Jain Public Senior Secondary School also celebrated Children’s Day. In a cultural programme, 150 students participated . 



Inter-class quiz contest 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
An inter-class quiz contest of students of vocational subjects of foreign trade practices and procedures was held at GGN Khalsa College here today. Six teams comprising students of BA I, II and III participated.

The quiz was conducted by Prof Gaganpreet and Prof Manveen Kaur and the topics were India’s foreign trade, export marketing, export-import financing, shipping and insurance as well as different types of documents used in foreign trade. A general knowledge round was also held for the audience.

The function was presided over by Mr Tarlochan Singh, Principal of the college.The winners were — team B comprising Jasdeep, Rohit, Manish Kumar and Ranjit and team E comprising Chandan, Anish, Aditya and Akashdeep were given the prizes on the occasion.



Former Orissa CM visits SDP college
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 12
Giridhar Gomang, former Chief Minister of Orissa, visited the SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, today. He was accompanied by Mr Balraj K. Bhasin, President, SDP Sabha and educational institutions.

Dr Gomang is efficient in playing musical instruments and has recently released a cassette of devotional songs. He interacted with members of the management and staff of the college. He appreciated the contributions of the SDP Sabha in the field of education.



Mentally challenged, but with special spirits
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, November 12
When Sadat Hasan Manto wrote ‘Toba Tek Singh’ to voice his anger against Partition, little did he know that his story would be re-enacted after about 60 years and that too on a happy note when 48 mentally challenged children from Pakistan joined their Indian counterparts to participate in the eighth edition of the Punjab Special Olympics-2005 here today.

The mentally challenged boys and girls from various schools of India and those from Pakistan overcame their handicap and vied for honours.

The playgrounds of the local Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, today wore a festive look as these were decorated tastefully for the occasion.

The faculty and students of the host school remained on the ground throughout the day to help and guide their guests from across the border.

The special children had their meals at a nearby gurdwara. The Pak children said they had enjoyed a lot and would like to come here again. They were overwhelmed by the city’s hospitality.

Earlier, Mr Malkit Singh Birmi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, inaugurated the games.

Before declaring the games open, Mr Birmi took salute from the participants at an impressive parade.

The gathering cheered zestfully when the children, accompanied by their guardians and trainers from Pakistan, entered the ground.

This was followed by a cultural programme presented by the students of the host school.

Mr Birmi said it was our duty to pay special attention to the mentally challenged children as they were an integral part of our society.

While welcoming the participants from Pakistan, he said it was a signal of improving ties between the two neighbouring countries. Mr Surdinder Dawar, a local MLA also addressed the gathering.

Mr Rohit Sagar, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Ludhiana Beverages, the franchisee of Coca Cola, said the company had associated with the ‘Special Olympics’ in order to enrich the lives of special children and celebrate their achievements through sports.

Daniel Kiler, Air Marshal (retd), Chairman, Special Olympics, India, was among the prominent persons who attended the inaugural function.

Results: 100 m dash- (boys 22-29 years) - Fasih-ur-Rahman of Pakistan 1, Ashiq Hussain of Pakistan 2 and Tauqueer Ahmed of Pakistan 3; Standing long jump (lower ability)- Mohd Usman Yaseen of Paksitan 1, Deepak of Pathankot 2 and Umra Israc of Pakistan 3; 100 m dash ( girls 16-21 years)- Monika of Patiala 1, Bushra of Pakistan 2 and Gurpreet Kaur of Amritsar 3; 100 m dash ( girls 10-16 years)- Sama Ahmed of Pakistan 1, Honey Saini of Ropar 2 and Reshma Renu of Amritsar 3.

100 m dash (girls 16-21 years)- Sumera Shafqat of Pakistan 1, Surbhi Arora of Ludhiana 2 and Sashi of Amritsar 3; 100 m dash (boys 16-21 years)- Mohd Yousaf of Pakistan 1, Amrit Pal Singh of Ropar 2 and Gagandeep Singh of Ludhiana 3; 100 m dash 21-24 years- Gurvinder Singla of Patiala 1, Deepak of Amritsar 2 and Labh Singh of Ropar 3; 100 m dash (boys 16-21 years)- Shanky of Ludhiana 1, Hemant Sharma of Patiala 2 and Pankaj Sharma of Ludhiana 3.

Softball- lower ability with assistance (boys)- Piyush Kalia of Hoshiarpur 1, Kamaljit of Ludhiana 2 and Sanjeev Kumar of Jalandhar 3.



Athletics meet at Harkrishan school
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 12
The annual athletic meet of Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School was organised here today. Ms Amrit Gurm, president, school managing committee was the chief guest. Immediately after march past, sports events were organised for various classes. Various events such as sack-race, horse race, slow cycling, duck race, beads stringing race and tug of war, were also organised.

Akshay Bector of Class VIII and Gurcharan Singh of Class Xth were declared the best athletes among the senior section (boys) and Arshdeep Kaur of Class VIII was declared the best athlete among senior section (girls). Similarly, Jasminder Singh of VI standard was declared the best athlete among junior section (boys) and Jatinder Kaur of Class VI was choosen the best athlete among junior (girls). Ravi house was declared the best house in march past as well as the over-all best house.

The winners of state-level inter-school basketball championship, including Pawanjot Kaur, Harjot Kaur, Jatinder Kaur and Harpreet Kaur, were honoured.


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