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PAU looks forward to fruitful year: VC
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 24
Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor K.S. Aulakh yesterday said that the university was looking ahead to an eventful year ahead with priorities focussing on modern-day needs on agricultural and economy. He said here today that PAU was continuing with the research to break technological barriers in agricultural sector which would transcend the limitations of time and space.

He disclosed that PAU forged new partnerships with forward and backward linkages, stretching from village panchayats to private sector. PAU established effective linkages with the Punjab State Farmers’ Commission to demonstrate the benefits and relevance of available agro-technologies for noticeable shift in area under paddy and to increase incomes of farmers.

Dr Aulakh said PAU had opened these new vistas of partnership and co-operation to “provide basic technological inputs as also extension services to the private sector in the interest of farmers”. Typical example was the linkages with a consortium of textile industry for promoting cotton production with desired quality in the state. These textile houses were advised by the President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during his recent interaction with industry at Bathinda to set up a chain of processing units from cottonseed-to-fiber-to-fabric-to-cloth-to-garment manufacturing, right in the rural hinterland of cotton-belt.

PAU and Punjab Farmers’ Commission were working together to give a new impetus to research and extension education, which have been re-prioritised. He said PAU’s 15 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and 1,000-odd training camps and courses for young farmers and farm women, were creating awareness about need-based farming and future agriculture.

He said a cell had been created by the Directorate of Research to educate farmers on opportunities and challenges ahead as trade in farm commodities and processed foods become more free, frequent and pronounced. PAU had also shifted its focus to multi-disciplinary research programmes to evolve modules and packages of technologies aimed at making agriculture cost-effective, need-based, and eco-friendly. Dr Aulakh said future agricultural strategies would also be region or site specific, suited to specific agro-climatic zones with stress on “quality”. To benefit farmers, future farm produce must meet processing requirements of industry for value addition.

Dr Aulakh said PAU was evolving resource saving technologies for water. He said: “Our recommendation on zero-tillage to improve soil health and not to burn paddy and wheat stubble has shown good results. He said PAU also feels concerned over the continuing fast pace depletion of sub-soil water and increasing soil sickness, showing nutrient deficiencies that are reflected in human beings as well as in livestock. “We have intensified its research programme, as a result of which the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has sanctioned Rs 2.6 crore for niche area in water and soil management.

Dr Aulakh said the moral and monetary support extended by the Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, who also holds the portfolio of Agriculture, and the Chancellor, Gen. S F Rodrigues (retd.) has paid dividends. “The new equation between PAU technology and government policies is expected to accelerate ushering in of the second Green Revolution, expected to revolve around the axis of food processing and value addition”.

New thrust areas that received attention in 2005 included cultivation of herbal, medicinal and aromatic plants, setting up of organic nutrition gardens at KVKs and promoting the same concept for each farming family to grow their own fruits, vegetables and pulses.



Sacred Heart School celebrates annual function
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
Sacred Heart Convent School, Samrala, celebrated its annual function to mark the auspicious occasion of Christmas here yesterday with full vigour and zeal, which though filled with glamour and entertainment it was also enriched with culture, tradition and heritage. The chief guest S.D.M. Samrala, Sardar Baldev Singh (P.C.S.) along with the guest of honour Sardar Amrik Singh Dhillon, M.L.A. Samrala, and other distinguished guests were also present at the function.

The beginning of the function was marked by the lighting of the lamp which symbolised the divine light piercing darkness bestowing the blessing of God upon all. Rev, Sister Giles, the Principal extended a hearty welcome to the chief guest, guest of honour, other distinguished guests and the parents of students.

The welcome speech was followed by the Christmas programme which conveyed the message of Christmas. The choreography based on health and nutrition presented by the student of junior classes was received were amongst the audience and students.

‘Unity is strength’, happiness resides, in union.’ The message was successfully conveyed by the Punjabi skit. The skit aimed at picturising happiness, love and intimacy that one experience being a part of a joint family.

The significance of simple living and high thinking was showcased through a choreography presented by students. The mass destruction caused by natural calamities and the pain and panic that follows was beautifully depicted through a musical skit. Uncertainty of fate, nature and the moral responsibility of every individual to aid affected victims was highlighted.

Girls of the school were in very festive and jubilant mood, while performing on ‘phulkari’. The senior students of the school highlighted the activities of the school, the credits won, the historical back ground, scholastic achievements, examination pattern, personality development efforts and co-curricular activities etc in the school report.

The gay Rajasthani dancers of the school presented Rajasthani dance ‘Mora Aassi Kali Ka Lehnga’. The school awarded prizes to the students who excelled in the ICSE examination 2005. The highest score was 91.4 per cent obtained by Jaspreet Singh Chahal followed by Manish Kumar scoring 91.2 per cent and Gurkirpal Singh scoring 89.2 per cent. Proficiency awards were given away by Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon.



MTS college holds NSS camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
A 10-day NSS camp ‘Youth for Swastha’ by the volunteers of the Master Tara Singh College for Women was inaugurated at Noormahal village here today. The villagers would be told to maintain hygiene, eat nutritious food and will be given handicraft training. Besides, the NSS volunteers will be given civil defense training, traffic training, first-aid training etc.

The camp was inaugurated by the programme coordinator, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Dr S.S. Bains. He asked the volunteers to fight against the ever-growing pollution. He said such camps were necessary for the overall development of students. A memento was presented to the guest by the Principal Dr (Ms) Madanjit Kaur Sahota. A report on the NSS activities was also read on this occasion.

GCB Govt college

A 10-day NSS camp by SCD Government College began at Pratap Singhwala village today. The camp was inaugurated by Dr D.S. Gill, the Principal under the guidance of group leader Mr Naresh Bhardwaj. The students were told about the ill-effects of drugs. More than 55 boys took part in the camp. Many cultural items like songs, Malvai Giddha etc were presented by the students on this occasion. Another camp for girls was organised at the college premises under the guidance of Dr Santosh Rani Bhardwaj.

GNK College for Women

A 10-day NSS camp at the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women was inaugurated here by the college Principal Ms Manju Chawla. She addressed the volunteers regarding health consciousness and community services. Dr Vikas Gupta from Krishna Charitable Hospital delivered a lecture on common diseases. Dr Harjeet Singh, skin specialist also shed light on various skin problems. The programme officers discussed various objectives of the NSS camp to the volunteers.

GHG Khalsa College

Two NSS camps, separately for boys and girls units of NSS began at GHG Khalsa College Gurusar Sadhar here today. The inauguration of the camp was done by Mr Manjit Singh Khatrra, Director and Mr Surinder Singh, college Principal. 110 girls and 100 boys will be attending this ten-day programme under the supervision of programme officers Prof Major Singh, Prof Gurmeet Singh, Prof Jasbinder Kaur and Prof Sukhbir Kaur.

The Youth for Swastha is the motto of the camp. About 20 non-students are also participating in this camp. Students have shown keen interest to highlight social evils and social upliftment of masses in this camp schedule. Students will be trained to imbibe the dignity of labour and allround development of their personalities.

NSS camp organised

RS Model Senior Secondary School and BCM School, Focal Point, have jointly organised a 10-day NSS camp at RS Model School from December 21 to December 30. The principal of RS Model School, Mr Mohan Lal Kalra had organised a meeting in this respect and gave instructions to the teachers to make this camp a success. This camp is being attended by 110 volunteers and 15 teachers from the two schools. The commander of this camp are Ms Indu and Adjutant Maninderjit Kaur . They gave instructions to the students and divided them into groups to do social service.

The camp has been organised under the youth services and managements of the two schools. The camp will be formally inaugurated by Mr Satyanand Munjal at a special function tomorrow.

NSS camp held at G.S. Secondary school

One-day N.S.S. camp was organised at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Katani. The camp was organised under the supervision of Mr Kulpreet Singh, N.S.S. Programme Officer. While participating in the camp, the volunteers repaired a road that leads to Katani village. The work done by the volunteers was appreciated by the villagers.

In the afternoon, during an intellectual session, a local renowned doctor, Dr Sukhwinder Singh asked the students to avoid junk food and expressed his concern about the going trend of drug addiction among youngsters.



Christmas celebrations in schools
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
Tiny tots of Guru Nanak International Pub G.N.I.P. School celebrated Christmas here today. The pre-primary wing of G.N.I.P.S. was tastefully decorated for the Christmas celebrations. Kids came dressed up as ‘Santa Claus’ and ‘fairies’. A big Christmas tree was decorated with stars, buntings and balloons. Teachers were also dressed up as ‘Santa Claus’ to entertain the children and distributed sweets to the kids. Principal Ms B.Gulati told the kids about the life of Jesus Christ. She blessed the children and also distributed sweets.

Christmas celebrations: Christmas celebrations of both Lovely Lotus and Chanda Mama play schools were held at Chanda Mama campus where a real Fir tree was decorated with electric lights besides usual decorations, children and parents enjoyed the walnut and dates cake specially prepared for the occasion. Children loved receiving gifts of sweets from Santa Clause once they had sung and danced to Jingle Bells.

Spring Dale school: Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, celebrated Christmas with great joy yesterday. The entire school was tastefully decorated with bells, flowers and a Christmas tree. Students looked beautiful and charming in their Santa Claus dresses. On this occasion tiny tots presented songs on Christmas and enacted English and Hindi plays. Dream of mother Mary was shown in an English play in which one angel comes and tells her that very soon one saint is going to take birth in her house.

In Hindi play, birth of Jesus was shown. To express their happiness, tiny tots sang a song and also presented ‘angel dance’ Sweets were distributed among students.



Baraichal school organises function
Our Correspondent

Amloh, December 24
Government High School, Baraichal organised a function on the school campus to honour students who had brought laurels for the school in the field of scouting and girl guide, science exhibition and sports etc. Head master Sukhdev Singh Mander congratulated the staff and students for their hard work. This has helped in the upliftment of standard of education in the rural area. The head master honoured the students with mementos.

The headmaster pointed out that the Science Club of juniors has been selected for the participation in the “Bal National Congress” to be held from December 27 to December 31 at Bhuvneshwar (Orrisa), which will be inaugurated by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Japinder Singh would be the group leader of the team, while Harjinder Singh, Maninder Pal Singh, Jaswinder Singh and Gagandeep Kaur would be its members.

The school got seven positions at the tehsil Science Mela and the Bal Junior Congress bagged first position in the district, 3 items of teaching aids were selected for the state, “bal natak” competition, the team was placed runners-up. Mr Devinder Singh Punia, Science master and teacher’s leader also addressed the students.



Workshop organised
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
Top Careers & You (TCY) organized a workshop for semifinalists of ‘Student Entrepreneur of the Year’ 2005 contest here today. The key note speakers were Mr. Kamal Wadhera and Mr. Rajesh Wadhera.

The students were encouraged to ask questions and express their thoughts. All of them were very excited about their business plans and took the feedback seriously.



Holiday in courts
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 24
The district courts will remain closed from December 25 to 31 Mr Harbans Lal, District and Sessions Judge, has made arrangements for entertaining urgent matters during vacations.

For urgent matters such as bail applications, injunction or stay, falling in the jurisdiction of the Sessions Courts, Mr Harbans Lal, District and Sessions Judge himself will be available on December 25.

Mr S. P. Bangarh, Additional Sessions Judge, will be available on December 26, Mr Gurbir Singh, Additional Sessions Judge on December 27 and 28, Mr Sanjiv Berry, Additional Sessions Judge on December 29, Mr Satvinder Singh, Additional Sessions Judge, on December 30 and Mr B. S. Sodhi, Additional Sessions Judge, on December 31.

The Civil Judge, Senior Division, Mr S. S. Dhaliwal, will entertain urgent civil work and Mr K. K. Singla, urgent criminal matters pertaining to jurisdiction of lower courts on December 25 and 26. From December 27 to 29, Civil Judge (Junior Division), Mr Shatin Goyal will entertain civil work and Mr Jarnail Singh, Judicial Magistrate will deal with criminal matters. On December 30 and 31, Mr Jaspal Verma, Civil Judge (Junior Division), would entertain civil work and the Judicial Magistrate, Mr K. K. Jain, will deal with criminal work.


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