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Teachers, employees hold rally
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 3
Hundreds of teachers and other employees on the call given by the Ludhiana District of Democratic Employees Front (DEF), Punjab, had gathered in front of the Mini secretariat here today to hold a rally against the proposed merger of the state’s primary Schools with high and secondary schools.

They were shouting slogans against the merger and wanted the govt to withdraw the order. By show of hand, five proposals were passed unanimously. The proposal, include, primary schools should not be overshadowed by high or secondary schools. Secondly, the government should fill 20,000 vacancies in primary schools and 10,000 vacancies in senior schools. They demanded that admissions of teachers to these posts should be on a regular and not on contractual basis.

Thirdly, they wanted the primary schools to function from 9 am to 2 pm and senior schools from 9 am to 3 pm. Fourthly, they wanted the assurance that the teachers should get their salaries by first of every month. Moreover, they demanded that the examination duties be fixed. Lastly, they said checking of examination centers during examinations by the flying squad must be stream lined.

President of the DEF Jasdev Singh Lalton thanked employees for lending their support and asked teachers to be ready for a long struggle if required. They also submitted the memorandum of their demands to the DEO (E) and the DEO (S).



NCC cadets honoured
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 3
A function was held in BCM School here today to honour two of its NCC cadets of the school’s NCC wing, Sgt Jawinder Singh and Sgt Gursimran Singh adjudged at the fifth position in the Best Cadet (Junior Category) competition held at the Republic Day camp in Delhi.

The two were happy to have got the rare opportunity of meeting and interacing with the President of India, Dr A.P.J. Kalam, Vice-President of India, Mr Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Chief of the Indian Army, Gen J.J. Singh, Director-General, NCC, Mr M.C. Bhandari and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Sgt Gursimran said: “Attending the camp will remain a memorable experience in my life. I cannot believe that we talked to the leaders of our country. I was nervous first to face so many dignitaries but, perhaps, they understood our hesitance and started a conversation with us on general topics and put us at ease.

“I am so motivated after attending the camp that I want to be an Army officer. Life was tough at the camp as we had to go for rehearsals of march past and to get up at 5 am, nonetheless it was a wonderful experience.”

Jawinder Singh could not contain his happiness. “I am dying to join the Indian Army. I loved the discipline as well as the bonhomie that existed among cadets from all NCC directorates. After my schooling, I will prepare for the NDA (National Defence Academy).”

During Prime Minister’s rally on January 29 in Delhi, wherein 1,800 NCC cadets participated, they were honoured with medals by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

In all 18 NCC cadets of the city who participated at the Republic Day camp, 2006, New Delhi, returned to the city yesterday.

According to Col Sudhir Varni, Group Commander, the cadets took part in a number of national-level competitions and excelled in every competition. Sgt Vibhuti Jain, a Class XI student from Sacred Heart Convent School, was awarded the bronze medal for coming third in the Best Cadet competition (senior category).

The Equestrian team was adjudged the best and collected at least three trophies, besides medals.

A felicitation is being organised in honour of these young achievers. Col (Honorary) Dr K.S. Aulakh, VC, PAU, has consented to be the chief guest at a function to be held on February 7 in PAU campus.



From Colleges
Students informed on study, training opportunities

Ludhiana, February 3
Mr Puneet Sawhney, Director, British Counseling and Educational Services (BCES), admissions along with Ms Barbra Kehlar, international officer Glamorgan University, the Wales and UK visited the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology here recently. The BCES is a service-oriented company with an aim to provide accurate, honest and comprehensive information about study and training opportunities at the recognised institutes abroad.

Ms Barbra briefed the students regarding the available university courses, entry requirements, obtaining bank loans, scholarships and also satisfied them by answering all queries regarding studying, living and working in the UK. She stressed that the BCES was the answer to an international experience of students interested in higher education. The interaction was highly appreciated by all. Ms Monika Gupta HOD, CSE and IT, on behalf of college authorities thanked the visitors.

Free medical camp: Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Committee, Kitchlu Nagar, will organise a seven-day-long free ayurvedic medical and acupressure camp from February 5 at its dispensary on the premises of the gurdwara.

According to Prof Mahavir Singh Nagpal, general secretary of the committee, a term of expert professionals and doctors in the field led by Dr Ravinder Bajaj shall examine the patients during the camp. Free medicine will be provided. Tea and langer will also be served at the gurdwara.

Republic Day camp: Akashdeep, a student of SCD Government College, studying in B.Sc. II, recently returned after attending the Republic Day camp at Delhi. He got an opportunity as the member of the NCC senior division contingent who participated in March past at Rajpath on January 26. He was also a contestant for the Best Cadet Award and stood fourth in the all India competition.

Akashdeep, who aspires to join defense services has brought laurels to college. He had joined the NCC Air Wing in 2004, in B.Sc. Ist year, and attended National Integration Camp (NIC) at Kurukshetra.

Lecture organised: The Doraha College of Education organised an extension lecture on ‘Education and Spirituality’ by Dr Seema Chopra, Lecturer the GHG Harparkash College of Education, Sidhwan Khurd.

In her lecture she talked about self realisation, soul and God or supreme self. She also talked about the power of mind. She told the students that subconscious mind understood vision language and can do wonders. “We should show a vision to our mind and can reach the pinnacles of success”, she said. In the end, she made the students and teachers practice meditation to improve concentration power and to help de-stress their minds. Dignitaries present were Mr Sukhpal Singh, the chairman of the college, Dr R.S. Gupta, Director, DIMT and Ms Umal Kaur, Director, SGHPS.

Seminar organised: The Physics Association of SCD Govt College will organise a seminar here tomorrow. The seminar shall be held in Sahir Auditorium. The topics are laser studies and demonstrations and display of physics experiments.’ The first topic shall be covered by an eminent scientist with the Terminal Ballistic Research Zabocatory (TBRL), Chandigarh, Dr Manjit Singh. The second topic shall be taken by Dr S. K. Chakarwarti, Professor and chairman, Department of Applied Physics, National Institute of Technology (deemed university) Kurukshetra .

The incharge of physics association, Prof H S Khosla and Head of the Physics Department, Prof Surjit Singh told mediapersons that the seminar was being financed by the Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University, Chandigarh and letters have been sent to about 100 colleges and many teachers from the physics faculty of these colleges have confirmed their participation. After registration, the seminar will begin at 10.00 am

Seminar: The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a seminar on “Boinformatics- An Emerging Technology” for the students of the BCA and MCAs here today.

Prof Manpreet Singh, GNE was the guest speaker. Defining bioinformatics, Mr Singh said that it was a field which used computers to store and analyse molecular biological information. Simplifying it further, he explained that bioinformatics may be used to describe any use of computers for the purpose of biology.

The students enthusiastically participated in the seminar and cleared all their doubts. 



Song contest results 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 3
A state-level song and folk song competition was organised jointly by the Punjabi Sahit Sabha and post-praduate department of Punjabi at Arya College here today.
More than 40 participants from different districts participated. “Mirza”, “Dhola”, “Mahiya”, “Tappe” and “Chhalla” remained the special attractions at the competition.

The team trophy was won by Ramgarhia Girls College. In the song competition, Ms Harmeen Kaur of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, won the first prize while Harjit Singh of Doraha and Gurmeet Singh of SCD College here won the second prize. The third prize was shared by Rubinder Kaka of Khalsa College for Women and Renu Bala of Ramgarhia College.

The event was inaugurated by Dr S.M. Sharma, principal among the guests were Mr Inderjit Hasanpuri, Mr Kuldeep Manak, Prof Nirmal Jawa and Mr S.K. Sharma.



Janhvi Jain shines again
Asha Ahuja

Ludhiana, February 3
Janhvi Jain of class II of Sat Paul Mittal School has reached the finals of “Khiladi No 1” (Kucch Kar Dikhayan) a national-level dance competition organised by MYU company on the Sadhana channel.
She had stood second in the semi-finals held at Film city, Noida. Janhvi is under the training of Amit Verma of Footloose.



Nidhi declared best athlete
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, February 3
Nidhi Chandla of BA I was declared the best athlete in the 37th annual athletics meet of the SDP College for Women, near Daresi ground which concluded here today. Nidhi emerged winner in 100m, 200m, 400m, high jump and long jump while Neha Dholi was adjudged the best player.

Mr Anurag Verma Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, was the chief guest during the prize distribution function. Mr Balraj Bhasin, president, SDP Sabha, Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Ludhiana, along with faculty members of the college were present on the occasion.


200m- Nidhi Chandla 1, Neelam 2 and Usha 3;

High jump- Nidhi Chandla 1, Supriya 2 and Shelly 3;

Long jump- Nidhi Chandla 1, Shelly 2 and Mamta 3;

50m- Shelly 1, Shilpa 2 and Usha 3;

100m- Nidhi Chandla 1, Ritu 2 and Prabhjot and Arshi 3;

Potato race- Vandna 1, Suruchi Jain 2 and Supriya 3;

Sack race- Neelam 1, Nisha 2 and Renu 3;

Skipping race- Shelly 1, Supriya 2 and Renu 3;

Cycling race- Meenu 1, Aashia 2 ;

Three-legged race- Supriya and Manisha 1, Neelu and Nisha 2, Saroj and Surekha 3;

50m Chati race- Usha 1, Shweta Pandey 2 and Seema 3;

Obstacle race- Usha 1, Sushma 2 and Sapna 3.


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