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Pierre Becker Memorial Award for PAU scientist
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 27
Dr Milkha Singh Aulakh, Senior Soil Scientist of Punjab Agricultural University, was presented today with the Pierre Becker Memorial Award in Paris. He was selected by an international jury for the award by the British Sulphur, which was a premier body promoting and coordinating worldwide research and development of sulphur-containing fertilizers and other products, and their distribution, consumption, and plant use strategies by organising conferences and regularly publishing a reputed fertilizer international journal.

Dr Aulakh is the first winner from Asia. The award consists of 1,000 pounds and a citation.

The award was launched to recognise the outstanding contributions to the understanding, exploitation and application of sulphur and phosphate resources. The previous winners of this prestigious award, include Dr Norman Chien of the International Fertilizer Development Center, USA.

Dr Aulakh passed his B.Sc. (Agri) from Khalsa College, Amritsar, in 1972 and M.Sc from PAU in 1974. After obtaining Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, USA.

He was also visiting scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Project Scientist at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, and Collaborating Scientist at Frounhofer Institute for the Atmospheric Environmental Research and the University of Freiburg in Germany.

He is an author of more than 130 publications in international and national journals and books of repute, and his research contributions are globally acclaimed and his research has won him many state, national and international awards. He is the first and the only Indian scientist to be given the prestigious title of ‘International Crop Nutrition Laureate’ by the IFA, Paris, France.

He is the first Indian as well as the first alumnus outside Northern America who has received the Alumni Honour Award of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and Indian Society of Soil Science. Recently, he was applauded with India’s highest recognition in agricultural research, the Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award by the government of India.



Computer-aided learning workshop held
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 27
A 12-day computer training workshop was organised at Ludhiana under the Education for All (EFA) teacher training project under the patronage of Ms Gurdeep Kaur, Principal, Government In-service Teachers Training Centre, Ludhiana .

The workshop was meant for the teaching and non-teaching staff of district level education offices of Ludhiana, District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) Jagraon, Government In-service Teachers Training Centre (GITC ), Ludhiana and District Education Offices (elementary and secondary).

On the opening day of the workshop, Mrs Sudesh Bajaj, senior lecturer informed the participants that they could use computers in a number of ways to bring effectiveness, excellence and excitement in their teaching of almost all elementary, secondary and post-secondary subjects . They could also use computers to bring speed and accuracy in their office work, she said .

Dr Shashi Trehan, the training coordinator found computers very beneficial for teaching science subjects.

Prof Baldev Singh, lecturer of English, Vice-Principal, DIET, Jagraon, remarked computers had a wonderful and very exciting role to play in teaching English, which was being taught as a foreign language in India. Motivating teaching material could be prepared with the help of computers for teaching pronunciation, grammar and other language skills, he added. He further said that the internet was very helpful for interactive and effective teaching of English language.

The participants of the workshop prepared subject relevant programmes on Microsoft Powerpoint, Excel 2006 etc. Mr Mandeep Singh, the highly experienced trainer from Microsoft made the workshop interesting and inspiring with his expert coaching techniques and skills. The ICT coordinator from DEO Ludhiana, Mr Paramjit Singh and Prof Pardeep Kapoor from GITC also expressed their views about the advantages of computer education. The GITC Principal, Ms Gurdeep Kaur advised the participants to practise computer operations regularly.



Green Valley School holds prize distribution
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 27
The Green Valley Public School organised its annual prize distribution function in the school here yesterday. The function started with saraswati vandana, wherein the students presented a prayer dance followed by a welcome song for the parents and the guests.

Mr Mukesh Sharma, Executive Magistrate, presided over the function. Mr N.S. Dhillon and Mr Jatinder Bhola, president, Municipal Council were the chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

A cultural programme of colourful dances was presented. The skits and dances kept the audience spell bound.

The speakers called upon members of the society to focus their attention on the education of their wards instead of providing them luxuries. “Unfortunately, our share in the civil and allied services has been declining for the last two decades and the change in our priorities has emerged as the cause,” said Mr Mukesh Sharma, adding that the rural areas were worst affected.

Mr Yash Bhusan Gupta, Director, read out the annual report. Mr Madan Mohan Angrish, Mr Ashok Joshi and the chief guest gave away the prizes.



504 students get degrees
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 27
The annual convocation of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, was held here today. Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Minister for Finance (banking), was the chief guest. Dr O.P. Bajpai, Director NITTER (HRD Ministry) was the guest of honour.

Five hundred and four students of MA, PG diploma courses, BA, BSc, B.Com, and BCA were awarded degrees. Principal, Dr Charanjit Mahal highlighted the achievements of the college in academics, sports and extra-curricular activities. Mrs Sukhwinder Cheema was honoured for her distinguished service as the bursar of the college. Along with her, 33 members of the faculty were also awarded mementoes and appreciation letters for their contribution to the institution.

In his keynote address, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal urged the students to work hard . He also advised the students to face the challenges of life with determination. Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, Ex MP, Mr Paramjit Sibia, Chairman, Improvement Trust and Mr RK Rathore, Additional Adovocate General were also present.



Inter-house poetry recitation contest
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 27
Inter-house poetry recitation competition was organised at MGM Public School here today. Students of Classes III to V participated unit. Each house was represented by 3 students. The results are as follows:

Amritpal and Sahil Bedi both of Jagannath House stood first and third respectively while Sampreet Kaur of Vatican House stood second. The director Mr Gajjan Singh appreciated the efforts of the students.

Annual function: Annual function was organised at Durga Model High School here yesterday. The chief guest was Punjab district Congress secretary, Mr Parminder Mehta. The chief guest presented mementoes to the students who had bagged top positions.



Apollo to have telemedicine centre
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 27
SPS Apollo Hospitals here will soon have an elaborate “telemedicine centre”, which will enable primary and secondary healthcare providers across the state to offer better treatment to patients. The institution has also started a training programme for critical care and cardio-thoracic as well as vascular surgery nursing.

Stating this here today, director of the hospital Jugdeip Singh said yet another initiative taken towards the betterment of community was a “life-savers programme”, under which techniques of ‘basic life support’ (BLS) would be imparted to students of schools and colleges, industrial workers, employees of cinema houses, transport companies and citizens from other walks of life. He was addressing a news conference to mark the first anniversary of the hospital in the city.

“SPS Apollo is a practical step towards the fulfillment of our pledge to serve the humanity and commitment to treat illness and to promote health for all; Mr Jageip Singh denied

Director of Medical Services at Apollo Dr G.L. Avasthi informed that since the commencement of its operations last year, the hospital has had more than 34,000 patients in the out-patient department and over 3,000 in-patients.

He said that till now the hospital had performed 1120 cardiac interventions. The hospital, by virtue of its location on the national highway, had become a major centre for trauma care and emergency medicine, he added.

According to Dr S.P. Singh, chief operating officer, the hospital had entertained a number of NRI and foreign nationals for super-specilised medical and surgical treatment for cardiac, orthopaedic and neurological problems.

Dr P.S. Bhatia, medical superintendent of the hospital, was also present on the occasion.



Gagandeep interacts with young cricketers
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 27
The trainees at the training-cum-coaching camp being organised by the former Punjab Ranji player and national umpire at the panel of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Mr R.D. Singh here at the Punjab Agricultural University cricket ground had a very useful session today as the Indian fast bowler, Gagandeep Singh Toor visited the camp and interacted with them.

During his stay at the camp for more than one-and-a-half hour, the Indian speedster told the boys about the intricacies of fast bowling. While giving tips to the youngesters, Gagan asked the boys to have strong will and work hard to achieve a niche for themselves.

Gagan said since the game had become competitive at all levels, one should concentrate more on the game to secure a place for himself in the respective team. He told the campers about the fast bowling action and the correct run up to the bowing crease. The boys too responded well to the fast bowlers’ advise.

Gurdeep Singh, a level I coach of the BCCI also visited the camp today and told the boys about useful drills to be adopted in the game. The trainees showed keen interest in the exercises and the organisers expressed hope that Gagan and Gurdeep’s stint with the campers would definately help to improve the boy’s approach.



Sports meet at DMCH
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 27
The inaugural edition of the Employees Sports Meet of the local Dayanand Medical College and Hospital began today. The meet was inaugurated in Dumra Auditorium of DMCH by secretary of DMCH Managing Society, Mr Prem Gupta.

A large number of employees participated in various events, including volleyball, table tennis, basketball, badminton, carrom, chess etc. with great zeal and enthusiasm spirit. Dr Jagdeep Whig, vice-principal, DMCH, Ms Prodhika Gupta, HR Manager, DMCH, Dr Sandeep Puri, Medical Superintendent Dr B.S. Shah, Mr Vikram Bhanot (COSD), Mr Aayush Chaku, Sister Saroj, Ms Kalra, Nursing Superintendent (HDHI) Mirely Martin and Tanu Loomba.

Results are as follows: Badminton: (men doubles): Rakesh and Yashpal Dogra beat Vishal K.Chutani and Mr Pawan Kumar; (women doubles): Shweta and Ravinder beat Sandeep and Sunita; women’s singles: Venus Marry beat Shveta; chess: Manmohan Semwal beat Kriti Bansal; carrom- Ram Kishan beat Navjot.


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