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New help desk for farmers at PAU gate
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
Punjab Agricultural University will establish an enquiry-cum-help desk at gate No. 2 for visiting farmers and other persons who come to the university.

This was stated by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, during a meeting with Deans and Directors of the university today.

He further said that the varsity would endeavour to further strengthen its research, extension and teaching activities in order to serve the people in a better way. The teachers should play an important role in shaping society, he said.

Giving the example of Alexander the Great and Abraham Lincoln, the VC said these men were great because they were lucky to have good teachers. He called upon the teachers to infuse such qualities in their students so as to make them good human beings.

On the occasion, the VC also released the new publications of the university — PAU Handbook 2006 and PAU Calendar-2006 — published by the Centre for Communication, Languages and Culture.

He presented the first copy of these publications to the Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S. Gill.

Others present on the occasion included Director of Research, Dr B.S. Dhillon; Dean, Post-graduate Studies, Dr Darshan Singh; Dean, College of Agriculture, Dr G.S. Chahal; Dean, College of Basic Sciences, Dr Tejwant Singh; Dean, College of Veterinary Science, Dr R.D. Sharma; Dean, College of Home Science, Dr Manjit Kaur Dhillon; Comptroller, Mr Avtar Chand Rana and Registrar, Dr V.R. Sharma.



PAU to provide disease-free kinnow plants to farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
Punjab Agricultural University will provide disease-free kinnow plants to orchardists of the state, according to Dr S.S.Gill, Director of Extension Education.

Talking with Ludhiana Tribune today, he said money would shortly be available to the state under the National Horticulture Mission to spruce up and strengthen horticultural nurseries.

The university had set up infrastructure to meet the demands of the horticulturists.

He said quality nursery fruit plants were key to resurgence of horticulture in the state.

For want of quality planting material, farmers and orchardists had been getting low yield. He added that unscrupulous persons had been selling “seedlings” against “grafted” fruit nursery plants to fruit growers.

To stem this, the PAU had now decided to step in in a big way.

The Department of Horticulture had taken steps to provide at least 30,000 “disease-free, true-to-type” kinnow plants from the next year.

Apart from the main nursery on the campus, there were five other nurseries in specified agro-climatic zones where a variety of specific fruit plants were available.

The five nurseries were at Abohar, Bathinda, Bahadurgarh (Patiala), Gangian (Hoshiarpur) and Gurdaspur.

The city offered kinnow, malta, grapefruit, lemon, guava, pear, plum, peach, grapes, phalsa, ber, loquat, jamun and papaya.

Dr Gill said January was appropriate month for planting peach and plum, while pear and grapes could be planted up to mid-February.

Evergreen fruit plants like mango, citrus, litchi, ber and papaya could be planted in February-March, though September-October was a better time for it because the weather was comparatively cooler then.



PAU to develop model farms at KVKs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
All the 15 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, in different parts of the state will be developed as “model farms”. Farm technologies developed by the university scientists will be applied in these farms to show farmers successful ways of farming. This was stated by the Director of Extension Education, Dr. S.S. Gill, while addressing a galaxy of extension specialists and farm scientists during a state level extension review meeting here today.

He further said that in order to motivate farmers for efficient use of water resources, we must demonstrate the necessary technology at our KVKs “Since seeing is believing, we can motivate the farmers only if we demonstrate to them the technology at our fields”, he said. This practical way to teach them will go a long way in bringing the desired change in the state.

The Director of Research, Dr. B. S. Dhillon, asked extension specialists to collect the feedback from farmers. This will give direction to the research programmes of the university, he pointed out.



Send kids to school, Johar urges slum-dwellers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar has said the state government has chalked out a plan for the uplift of Scheduled Castes and weaker sections of society. A Dedicated Social Security Fund of Rs 450 crore has been set up to ensure regular and timely pension/financial assistance to 10,07,386 beneficiaries.

He was addressing a function organised by the Civil Lines Welfare Association to distribute blankets and shawls among the poor here today. More than 200 women were given blankets.

Mr Johar said all children of jhuggi dwellers in the 4-14 year age group who were not attending schools would be provided basic education free of cost.

The minister said under the education guarantee scheme, schools with a minimum strength of 20 children were proving fruitful and parents themselves were bringing their children to schools.

A boy/girl with plus two qualification from the same locality was being deputed for a group of 20 students each in the schools, which would run for four hours daily. He appealed to the people of slum areas to send their children to these schools.

Others present on the occasion included Mr R.D. Chabbra, president, Mr Kewal Chabbra, vice-chairman, and Mr Sanjay Makkar, general secretary, of the association.

Earlier, a deputation led by Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, president, Primary School Teachers Union, along with office-bearers of the Association of Private Schools submitted a memorandum to the minister, demanding an amicable solution to the problems of private schools in connection with the new examination policy.



Private schools’ plea on centres
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 3
To accommodate students appearing in the 8th, 10th and 12th standard examinations, respectively, the Association of Private Schools, here, has asked the Education Minister, Punjab, to allot them centre near their respective schools.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Mr Balwant Singh, district chairperson of the association, said thousands of private candidates faced a lot of problems every year because of centres. “Private students are allotted examination centres, which are usually several kilometres away from their respective schools. It becomes difficult for them to commute. Parents, too, find it difficult to accompany their wards to far-off schools for every exam. Secondly, there is wastage of time and students will have to shell out more money on bus and rickshaw fares”, said Mr Balwant Singh.

A 15-member delegation of private schools met the Education Minister, Punjab, Mr Harnam Dass Johar today. Submitting their memorandum to Mr Johar, the members also demanded that one centre should be allotted to one particular school. “They should not scatter the students of one school to several centres”, said Mr Balwant Singh.

Meanwhile, as per latest Punjab School Education Board rules, the step of allocating centres to private students other than their school has been taken to curb the practice of copying at mass level. One retired Principal of a private school, on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that copying was routine in private schools. “It would be for the benefit of students only, if they are allotted other centres”, she said.

The exams of 8th standard are starting on February 22 and 10th class exams start on March 2-3. There are more than 1000 private schools in the district and thousands of private students appear for exams each year.



2-day dental workshop begins
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 3
To create awareness about dental care and hygiene, the NSS unit of the D D Jain Memorial College for Women under the guidance of Ms Ratika Gupta and Ms Seema Soni is organising a two-day dental care workshop, which began here today. A lecture-cum-decision session was held in the college senior hall, which was attended by about 200 students.

Dr Rajanbir Singh Thind and Dr Gurinder Kaur Thind apprised the students of the latest trends in dentistry. Queries of students were answered by a team of doctors. The students responded well and found the whole exercise very useful.

The lecture delivered today will be given practical shape in the form of a dental camp tomorrow. The function concluded with a vote of thanks by the Principal, Dr Prem Singla.



Lawyers celebrate Dhanda’s election as Bar chief
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 3
Jubilation and celebrations marked the unanimous election of local advocate Harish Rai Dhanda as chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, held in Chandigarh today.

Dhanda is the second advocate from the city to occupy the post after more than 20 years. Earlier, Gurcharan Singh Grewal had remained chairman of the council.

The news came as a shot in the arm for the SAD, as Dhanda is the member of the working committee of the party. Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Badal and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa congratulated Dhanda over the phone.

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh also congratulated him.

Well-wishers, supporters and family friends went to his residence in the city and congratulated his mother Bhavish Rai, father Kulbhushan Rai and wife Vijay Rai.

Dhanda started practising law in the city in 1982. He was first elected as president of the District Bar Association in 1995.

Thereafter, he continued to be president of the association for three years.

Again in 2003, he was elected president of the association and went on to occupy the post for three years.

He has been the member of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana since 1990.

His name was proposed by former Bar Council chairman C.M. Munjal. There was no other contender for the post.

Two weeks back, Rajdeep Singh Takoria, council chairman, had announced here that Dhanda would head the council after his resignation.

Former Bar president K.R. Sikri, senior lawyers Ashok Mittal, J.K. Kapila, B.P. Singh Gill, T.P.S. Dhaliwal, Sunil Dutt, DBA vice-president Rajneesh Garg, Balbir Virk, Ashok Mittu, Harpreet Singh Garcha, Parminder Pari, Naginder Gora, Gurpreet Singh Virk, Kanwaljit Singh Bajwa, Pawan Sharma also congratulated Dhanda family.


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