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Farmers have a field day
Our Correspondent

Samrala, March 1
The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala, organised a field day on oilseeds at Kakrala Khurd, 15 km from here, today.

Mr Satpal Singh, Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Samrala, was the chief guest. About 80 farmers participated.

Mr Satpal Singh asked farmers to gain maximum knowledge from training camps being organised by the kendra.

Dr Kuldeep Singh, Deputy Director (Training), Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala, expressed concern over scarcity of water.

He stressed the need for diversification and reduction of area under paddy. He advised farmers to sow oilseed crops.

Earlier, scientists from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra apprised the farmers of the latest production and pest-control technologies.

An exhibition regarding home science products and farm literature was held on the occasion.



Colleges await UGC nod for add-on courses
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 1
Several city colleges have asked for UGC’s add-on courses at a recently held meeting in Chandigarh. Many of them are hopeful of getting the nod by the UGC as the courses were helpful for students in getting jobs while pursuing their BA/BCom degrees simultaneously.

Dr Madanjit Kaur Sahota, Principal, Master Tara Singh College, here said nine such courses by the UGC were already being run in the college and they were very useful. The ongoing courses were of fashion designing, dress designing, hospital waste management, computer-based accounting, childcare, office management, information technology, functional English.

“Now we have asked for the laboratory technician course, insurance techniques and call centre communication skills. We are hopeful that the UGC would clear the proposal. These courses are run for bona fide students and they are not to pay extra money for that. The courses are helpful and UGC provides Rs 5 lakh (one-time expenses) to start these. The students are given certificates for one year course, diplomas for two-year course and advance diploma for three-year course,” said Dr Sahota.

The colleges including A.S.College Khanna and Ramgarhia College for Women have also asked for such add-on courses.



Grant: PAU plans thrust areas
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) intends to divert the Rs-100 crore grant towards biotechnology, post-harvesting measures, animal improvement and natural resources conservation.

While details of the nature of the grant and conditions are awaited, Vice-Chancellor Dr K. S. Aulakh hopes the grant would come in the form of a corpus fund so that it can be invested and benefit be reaped in the form of interest from investment.

“Our emphasis would be on contributing towards the second green revolution through quality improvement,” Dr Aulakh told Ludhiana Tribune.

He said the amount would be attributed to each of the focus areas only after details pertaining to the grant were clear.

Biotechnology needed major investment and the grant would help PAU contribute its share towards the growing sector. “BT tools need a lot of funds and in India the annual investment towards it is not more than $ 4 billion,” he said.

Quality was one area that had been ignored due to the paucity of funds. “So far several focus areas have remained ignored for want of funds. The grant would help carry out work in these spheres smoothly,” he said.

Emphasising on the conservation of natural resources, he said ways to utilise and conserve them would also be a thrust area. The alarming depletion of water level in the state was a cause of concern. Wheat and paddy monoculture needed to be broken and less water intensive crops should be grown. Developing hybrids would also be the university’s focus.

Besides, the grant would also be used to improve animals genetically by steps like importing semen.

“We have already reached high productivity levels. The need is to improve quality and increasing farmers’ incomes,” he added.



PAU honorary degree for Ohio varsity chief
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 1
Punjab Agricultural University will confer honorary doctorate degree upon the President of Ohio State University (OSU), Dr (Ms) Karen A. Holbrook, at a convocation here on March 8.

The Vice-Chancellor of the PAU, Dr K.S. Aulakh, said Dr Holbrook was credited with reviving the OSU and the PAU relationship to meet new challenges of unsustainable and economic viability of agriculture in Punjab. In fact, it was under the Indo-US collaboration in agricultural education initiated in mid-sixties, which turned instrumental in the establishment of Punjab Agricultural University in 1962.

It was the OSU which enabled the PAU faculty through advanced training in the United States to firmly root scientific agriculture in Punjab. Thirty US experts had visited the PAU and 54 PAU faculty members went over to the OSU for acquiring knowledge, skills and training, besides doctorate degrees between 1959 to 1973.

This faculty-students-exchange programme enabled the PAU to develop new varieties and production technologies, which sowed the seeds of the Green Revolution in the state.

Second generation problem of the Green Revolution required a new thrust to agricultural research education and Dr Holbrook had provided that. It was to her credit and far sight that the PAU was provided funds to the tune of $3,00,000 through USAID to develop new linkages with private sector for agro processing.

It was Dr Holbrook who played a pivotal role to motivate industry back in Ohio State to devise sophisticated equipment for the food industry centre at the PAU, he added.

On account on the abiding relationship between the OSU and the PAU that Degree of Doctorate of Science (honoris causa) will be conferred on her as much in recognition of her outstanding contributions in science as in enabling the PAU in sharpening teaching and research methodologies, the Vice-Chancellor added.

Dr Holbrook has been provost and Professor of Cell Biology and Adjunct Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at University of Georgia. It is at Georgia that her efforts lead to establishment of Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute and two new colleges, besides the New Media Institute. She played a key role in developing the varsity’s strategic plan.



From Colleges
Students discuss social issues
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 1
The NSS unit of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College organised a seminar on different social issues on the college premises here yesterday. Ms Jaspreet Kaur of Computer Science and Engineering, who presented papers on AIDS, was declared first while second and third positions were bagged by Mr Prabhjot Singh and Ms Manpreet Kaur, respectively, for the topics on Dowry System. Mr Pankaj Bhambri, Programme Officer, of the unit presented a vote of thanks.

Students bring laurels

Students of Malwa Central College of Education for Women here participated in the Panjab University's Inter-Zonal Skill-in-Teaching and on the spot Teaching Aids Preparation Competition held at Partap College of Education here recently. Students of the college won prizes in many categories: Taranjeet Kaur got first position in skill-in- teaching for English, Rajni Salwan stood first in skill-in-teaching for Hindi, Sukhwinder Kaur got first in skill-in- teaching for Punjabi. Harpreet Bhatia stood second in skill-in-teaching for Science, Gagandeep Kaur got third position in skill-in-teaching for Physical Education and Meenakshi stood second in category of on the spot teaching aids preparation for Mathematics.



Class VIII exam peaceful
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 1
Dr Maghar Singh, circle education officer, Nabha, claimed that the class VIII examination being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board went off peacefully at 1,076 centres in Sangrur, Ludhiana, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ropar districts on the first day today.

While talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Dr Maghar Singh claimed adequate arrangements had been made by all five DEOs at the centres falling under respective jurisdictions. Referring to the information received during his visit to centres in Ludhiana and Sangrur districts and from officials concerned, he said the department had faced a little problem due to staff shortage but the same was solved with coordination among various officers.

On the use of unfair means he said, “We do not claim that we have succeeded in curbing the menace completely, but certainly the staff has been able to control the same.”

Meanwhile, Mr Ashok Bhalla, DEO, Sangrur, and Mr Harjinder Singh Chahal, SSP, Sangrur, confirmed peaceful conduct of exams.



Danish dancers enthral
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 1
The National Danish Performance Team gave a presentation at the Punjab International Sports and Cultural Festival — 2006 at the Partap College of Education here yesterday being organised by the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council in collaboration with the college.

Artistes from Denmark presented folk dances and enthralled schoolchildren and spectators who had gathered in large numbers. Yesterday, they displayed their skills in gymnastics.

The main theme of this festival is cultural diversity, good health and sports for all whereas the theme of the cultural show put up by the Danish performers was the “universal power of love”.

The Danish artistes showcased their culture through the performance. After the dance performance, the Principal, Dr Balwant Singh, Mrs R.K. Bal, Dr J.P.Singh, Mr R.S. Sohal, and Mr G.S. Brara honoured Mr Johannes Bjerre, manager of the Danish team.

The Danish team members joined Punjab artistes during the bhangra performance. Malwai giddha was led by Mandeep Singh Jagraon, while jugni was performed by Sohan Singh Soneela along with Parminder Nona and Jagpal Kaur.

Songs and dances by Mander brothers were well-appreciated. Others who performed included teams from the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, PAU girls led by Randeep C. Kandhola, schoolboys from Jalaldiwal.

Shabad were sung by Balvinder Singh while aero modelling was showcased by pilot M.P. Singh.


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