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Need for technological innovation in farming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
Dr B.S. Dhillon, Director of Research, PAU, today said, “The future of agriculture in the state is bleak. Unless farmers take things into their own hands and adopt a scientific approach, they have no future.”

He was speaking at the annual day function of the Scientific Farmers’ Club established by the State Department of Agriculture. He said the PAU, farmers and the State Department of Agriculture shared a symbiotic relationship.

He informed young farmers, who had gathered here from all over the state, about the new thrust areas that PAU has identified and would like to pursue with the special grant of Rs 100 crore which was received from New Delhi.

A project report on the utilisation of this money has been submitted to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Giving broad outlines of the road map drawn by the university, he said biotechnology, value addition, food processing, protection of natural resources like water, soil, environment and innovative farm mechanisation were some of the broad areas on focus.

Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S. Gill, called upon members of the club to act as ambassadors of the university and also as catalysts of change. It was of utmost importance that water is saved and paddy is sown after June 15. “It is time to put social pressure on the fellow farmers, who sow nondescript paddy or opt for early sowing rather than following the recommended packages”.

PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulukh, in his message said that the club should keep the State Department of Agriculture posted incase any difficulties were encountered in implementing or following PAU recommendations and the university scientists and research workers would be ever ready to find solutions to the same.

Member of the Commission for Costs and Prices Commission, Mr Mohinder Singh Grewal, in his remarks said soon seed production wing will be carved out of the Scientific Farmers’ Club to produce seed for mass sale and consumption rather than depending solely on multi national companies.

He hoped club members would create awareness and educate fellow farmers to plan and manage their farm accounts and perform timely operations for profitable returns. Now is the time to focus on quality, quantity and cost of agriculture.

Joint-Director Agriculture Dr Gurdial Singh Gill compared the performance of Punjab farmers with those in the other parts of the country and in other countries who were doing far better in terms of production and returns.

PAU Kisan Club President Pavittarpal Singh Pangali and General Secretary Hardev Singh Ghanau were honoured on the occasion.



Wheat import: BKU threatens to boycott mandies
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 5
Perturbed over the Union Government’s decision to import 20 lakh tonnes of wheat at the time when fresh crop had already started arriving in the mandies in the North, the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has threatened to boycott the grain markets and block procurement operations if the government went ahead with the decision.

Stating this here today, Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, president, BKU, and Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, president, BKU (Rajewal), said in a joint statement here that depending on the response of the government, the farmers’ organisations would take a final decision in this regard at a meeting to be convened here on April 10.

The BKU leaders termed the decision to import wheat as an “ill-timed” and “thoughtless” decision which was tantamount to betrayal of the entire farming community.

“Now that the wheat crop has started arriving in the mandies, the decision to import wheat has created a sense of confusion and insecurity among the farmers.”

Reiterating the demand of the BKU for linking support prices of farm produce with wholesale price index of 1966-67, the leaders asked the government to announce minimum support price for wheat at Rs 950 per quintal as also make sure that the support prices of other crops were also announced at the time of sowing in future.

The BKU functionaries maintained that there was no scarcity of food grain in the country and the decision to import wheat at this particular juncture appeared scandalous. They said there were enough stocks of wheat in godowns with the government and a large quantity of wheat stocks, lying in the open, were being allowed to rot which called for proper handling and management.

Charging FCI officials with being in collusion with the vested interests and forcing the decision to import wheat by submitting erroneous reports to the government, the BKU leaders demanded a probe and registration of criminal cases against guilty officials.



Stress moral values, teachers told
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 5
The Desh Bhagat Institute of Management & computer Sciences, Amloh Road, organised a one-day workshop on application of human values and effective methods in teaching profession here yesterday.

Brig Sharandeep Shani, an expert in the field of electronics, computer and management, was the keynote speaker. He was received and welcomed by Dr Zora Singh, chairman of the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, and the Institute Director, Ms Shalini Gupta.

Brig Sahani expressed his views about the qualities a good teacher. He said a teacher should behave with the students like a friend, philosopher and a guide while at the same time maintain a safe distance with them.

Highlighting the importance of teaching as an art and noble profession, he focused on updating knowledge through latest journals, magazines and newspapers. The teachers should make optimum use of the library. He also emphasised the importance of moral values with which a teacher should infuse the students.

Transparency should be maintained by the teachers with their colleges and the students for the sake of good relationship. The teachers should play a role of mentors and architects of a strong nation. He also laid stress on effective writing and good communication skills.



From Colleges
IT skills must for modern teacher
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 5
A national level conference on ICT enabled teacher education was held at the BCM College of Education here yesterday. The conference aimed to serve as a forum for various stakeholders to discuss the role of ICT (information communication technology) skills among the teachers.

The event was presided over by Mr Mahesh Chand Munjal, Director, Hero Cycles. The keynote address was presented by Dr H.S. Soch, former VC, Guru Nanak Dev University while the inaugural session was given effect by Dr Surjit Singh, Director of Computer Sciences of the university, and two senior professors from GNE.

Dr Neelam Luthra from Sohan Lal DAV College, Ambala, presented a lecture on methods and strategies to be used while teaching. Ms Kuldip, senior lecturer from the host college, delivered talk on integrated teacher education curriculum. Prof Preetinder Singh and Prof Parvinder Singh from GNE spoke on issues like modern classroom teaching using the integrated technology.

A final year student of electronics from GNE presented analytical paper on head tracking system and his punch line was virtual reality is not for away. Dr Ramesh Sandhu, Principal of the host college, emphasised on the importance of the conference whose aim was to prepare the teachers for the digital world enabling computer information as well as integrated literacy.



From Colleges 
LCET students win laurels
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 5
Students of LCET, Katani Kalan, brought laurels to the college by performing at “Utkansh-06” — a national-level cultural meet organised at Dr B.R. Ambedkar National Institute, Jalandhar.

Teams from more than 100 colleges from all over the country participated in the mega cultural events.

Harpreet Kaur of third year ECE stood first in creative writing and Jasminder and Apun Khanna of the same class stood second in Rangoli.

The LCET quiz team was rated sixth among more than 25 teams who participated in the event.

Chairman Vijay Gupta congratulated the students and promised to provide all facilities for personality development activities.

Paper presentation contest

The ISTE students Chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised an inter-college paper presentation competition on the topics of data mining, data warehousing and database management in wireless devices here yesterday.

As many as seven teams participated in the competition. The participants discussed all aspects related to the topics.

Vishal and Vipul from GGNIMT bagged the first prize, Kamalpreet Kaur (GNIMT) won the second prize and Chirag Bhatia (GNIMT) bagged the third prize. Ms Anjali Garg and Mr Balwinder Taneja were the judges for the occasion.

Dr (Col) H.S. Singha, Director, GNIMT, congratulated the winners and appreciated all participants. He encouraged the students to participate in such events to enhance skills. 



Teachers’ posts: applicants’ list displayed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
In order to ensure transparency in the recruitment of teachers, the state government has decided to display the list of all the applicants along with the educational and other qualifications in the Zila Parishad offices. The candidates, this way, can have full knowledge about their standing in the merit list and those of others. This has been done to ensure that there is no scope for any ambiguity among the applicants about the fairness of the selection process.

Mr J. P. Singh, Secretary, Zila Parishad, has informed that the list of applicants who applied for the posts of teachers in government schools in villages of Ludhiana district has been displayed today in the office of Zila Parishad with relevant details of qualification, marks, experience etc.

He said that a total of 6613 applications have been received.

Giving details, he said applicants can check their information in the list and if any candidate finds any irregularity, he can submit the objection in his office till 4 pm on April 10.

He said that objections raised by the applicants would be settled on the spot.

The final list of the selected candidates would be displayed on April 12 in his office and the appointment letters would be issued from April 13.



Re-evaluation in external exams introduced
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
The Punjab Agricultural University Academic Council has decided to introduce the system of re-evaluation in the external examination and the students may apply for the same after paying the prescribed fee.

The council, which met under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, yesterday, approved the academic calendar for the first and second semester for the year 2006-07 for all programmes. It also decided to increase the duration of B.V.Sc. and A.H. undergraduate programmes from 14 semesters to 16 semesters.

The council, according to the Registrar, Dr V.K. Sharma, also approved the constitution of various selection committees for counseling, interviewing the candidates seeking admission to undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma courses. It also approved the institution of an award in the memory of innovative vegetable grower Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal.

Dr Sharma said the council also approved list of meritorious students for securing highest overall credit point average (OCPA) or good academic performance in different disciplines and degree programmes.

The following are the medal winners: Madhu Bala, M.V.Sc. — Dr S.C. Dutt Gold Medal; Rajwinder Singh, M.Sc. (best thesis) — Dr Avtar Singh Atwal Gold Medal; Joginder Kaur, M.Sc. (Soil Science) — Dr Narinder Singh Randhawa Medal; Harsh, M.Sc.(Plant Breeding and Genetics) — Sardar Iqbal Singh Dhillon Medal; Chander Rekha, M.Sc. (Pomology) — Sardar Bahadur Lal Singh Medal; Puneet K. Randhawa, M. Sc. (Entomology) — Dr Sardar Singh Medal; Maninder Kaur, M.Sc. (Agronomy) — Dr Gurbakhsh Singh Medal; and Karuna Seth, M.Sc. (Food Technology) — Dr K. Kirpal Singh Medal.



Lecture on plant cell wall synthesis
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 5
A lecture on “Agricultural and industrial applications of plant cell wall synthesis” was organised at the Punjab Agricultural University on Tuesday under the auspices of the PAU Science Club — a forum for scientific discussions.

Dr Kanwarpal Singh Dhugga, Senior Research Scientist, DuPont Agriculture and Nutrition, Johnston, USA delivered the lecture. Dr Darshan Singh, Dean, Postgraduate Studies and Chairman, PAU Science Club, welcomed and introduced the chief guest and Dr G.S. Chahal, Dean, College of Agriculture proposed a vote of thanks.


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