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IGNOU course for unskilled workers
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, January 6
To target more than 31 million unskilled workers in the construction industry, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) today launched its diploma in civil engineering nationwide. It has taken the initiative to train the workers both technically and practically.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, the Regional Director of IGNOU at Khanna, Dr Ranjan Kumar, said the diploma was launched through teleconferencing in Delhi today by IGNOU Vice-Chancellor H. P. Dixit and pro vice-chancellor S.C. Garg. It would be a joint venture of IGNOU and the Construction Industry Development Council.

He said the prospectus would be available at IGNOU centres within a day or two. Presently, in this part of the region, the university has decided to make Beant College of Engineering and Technology one of its centres. "We are trying to set up centres in Patiala and Ludhiana for the convenience of students. The fee structure has also not been decided yet. This programme would be through distant education learning mode at nearby engineering colleges", he said.

Those interested should be matriculates with minimum 55 per cent. “Construction industry is coming in a big way in Ludhiana,” he said.



Programme on interpersonal relations
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 6
A one-week programme on “Interpersonal Relations” organised by the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh, at Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic College concluded here today.

The programme was organised with an aim to equipping the faculty of the Polytechnic with skills to manage interpersonal relations among peers/co-workers and students. The resource persons from the institute highlighted the importance of effective communication, understanding of group dynamics, transactional analysis, team building, leadership, conflict management for maintaining good interpersonal relations.

Mr Birinder Singh, Principal of Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic College, Ludhiana inaugurated the programme and motivated the faculty to take keen interest in the programme. Dr H.K. Gill, Professor in Education Management, NITTTR coordinated the programme.



Chanana on Parmar varsity academic council
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
The head of PAU’s Department of Horticulture, Dr Yog Raj Chanana, has been nominated as member of the academic council of Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan (HP) for two years.

Dr Chanana is also a member of the Postgraduate Agricultural Research and Education Board of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, a fellow of Horticultural Society of India and recipient of Shri Hans Raj Pahwa Award and Shri G.L. Chadha Memorial Gold Medal for his contributions.



Don’t ply unfit school vans, SDM tells principals
Our Correspondent

Khanna, January 6
SDM Jaspal Mittal has warned the school managements against plying unfit vehicles to carry schoolchildren. Mr Mittal said, while addressing a meeting of school Principals, members of school managements and Headmasters of Khanna subdivision organised at his office, here today that drivers of school vans must have five years experience. He said it was the responsibility of managements to get insurance and fitness certificates for the vehicles. He also directed to obey the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court issued for school vehicles.

Earlier, Mr Mittal directed officers of different departments to provide basic amenities to the public while carrying out development works.

The meeting was attended by tehsildar S.S. Tiwana, naib tehsildar Chetan Bangar, DFSO Sona Thind, EO Najar Singh, secretary Market Committee, Khanna, Mohan Singh Pannu, and DSP Balwant Singh.



‘Revolutionary advances in eye surgery boon for mankind’
Amardeep Bhattal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 6
Dr Navjot Singh Chugh (MBBS) MD (ophthalmology), a leading eye surgeon of Ludhiana who has worked as consultant ophthalmologist at the local Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Hans Raj Jain Eye Hospital, and is engaged in private practice since 2001 in Model Town, believes that revolutionary advances in eye surgery have come as a boon for mankind. Gone are the days when cataract spelt doom for human beings. Eye surgery today is not only less complicated but also has an amazing success rate.

In an exclusive interview with Ludhiana Tribune, Dr Chugh dwelt on various aspects of eye treatment and issues confronting a layman. Excerpts from the interview:

Q. What are the major changes in the field of eye surgery and treatment over the past few decades ?

Ans. The advent of intraocular lens implants, phacoimulsification systems, excimer lasers and newer drugs for glaucoma have revolutionised eye surgery and treatment over the past few decades.

Q. What line of treatment was followed in cataract cases when lens implant was relatively unknown ? What are the benefits of lens implant ?

Ans. Before the advent of lens implants, conventional cataract surgery involved removal of the cataractous lens (by intracapsular method) followed by prescription of thick glasses (>_ +10.00 D). The quality of vision with these glasses was quite unacceptable. Modern implants provide excellent quality of vision with little or no dependence on glasses.

Q. Despite major advances in science, poor patients, especially in villages, end up losing their eyesight after surgery in eye camps. Why is this so?

Ans. Eye surgery in camps has its own limitations. Quality gets compromised because of high number of surgeries in limited time. It is difficult to maintain a strict check on sterilisation in eye camps, because of high volume of surgeries. Improper personal hygiene and bad surroundings also result in higher incidence of post-operative infection in such patients.

Q. Lasik appears to be the latest technique in eye treatment. Is it for a specific age group ? What are its benefits and side effects ?

Ans. Lasik is modern technology's gift to patients having impaired vision because of refractive errors (myopia, hypermetropia and astigmatism). Lasik is the fastest growing vision correction procedure ever performed and has helped millions of men and women worldwide to eliminate their dependence on corrective eye wears (glasses and contact lenses). Lasik is usually performed in patients over 18 years of age with a stable refraction. Lasik is completely successful in avoiding the need for glasses in an overwhelming majority of people (>96%). Rare risks include corneal ectasia, flap complications, risk of infection etc. With the advent of lepto lasik or thin flap lasik, the risk of corneal ectasia has been taken care of because we leave a thicker corneal bed after treatment. Also there is possibility of treatment later in life.

Q. Is over-exposure to TV and computers harmful to eyesight ?

Ans. Overexposure to TV and computers can lead to eye strain, headache and a higher incidence of dry eyes. It has, otherwise, no role in impairment of vision.

Q. What precautions are needed to maintain healthy eyes ?

Ans. We can maintain healthy eyes by avoiding exposure to dusty environment, using glasses (UV protectors) in bright sunlight, eating food rich in antioxidants, strict control of diabetes and hypertension and regular eye check-ups for detecting refractive errors, glaucoma, diabetic changes etc.



2 medical camps tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 6
A free medical camp will be organised at Physio Farm Pain Clinic, Vikas Nagar, on Pakhowal Road here on January 8.
According to Dr Raj Malhotra, the camp will specially focus on fitness and physiotherapy for relief from joint pain, cervical, disc, backache, frozen shoulders, sports injuries, arthritis, parkinsonism, paraplegia, hemiplegia and other neurological conditions. In addition, the patients will be rendered professional advice for gynecological, ENT, orthopaedic, burns and cardio-pulmonary problems.

Meanwhile, the District Sainik Welfare Board in collaboration with the Naval Ex-Servicemen League, will hold a free medical camp for ex-servicemen and their dependants at the District Sainik Welfare Office near Clock Tower, here on January 8. The camp will be organised by Mann Health Cure Centre in Alternate Therapies.

According to Lt- Commander Tarlochan Singh, District Sainik Welfare Officer, a team of doctors with supporting staff will render advice for health problems like allergy, lack of appetite, lack of confidence, anemia, cramps, backache, constipation, depression, tennis-elbow and tension. Commodore Makhan Singh, vice-president, District Sainik Board, will inaugurate the camp.


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