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Singla opens 52 Bharti libraries in Ludhiana dist
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12
The Finance and Planning Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today inaugurated a library in Government Primary School, Ramgarh, near here, today. The library was set up under the aegis of the Bharti Library Programme.

He also dedicated 51 libraries set up in schools across the district under the programme.

Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Vice-Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, and trustee of the Bharti Foundation, was present, among others.

The foundation, in partnership with the state government and Pratham, an NGO, has set up the libraries with the objective of improving the reading abilities and quality of education for disadvantaged children. These libraries will reach out to more than 7,000 students.

Addressing the function, Mr Singla said Punjab was all set to emerge as a big centre in IT industry and employment opportunities on large scale would be available for the educated skilled workers. He said with the liberal investment policy of the Prime Minister the country had got a big boost in the investment sector and at least four Indian companies — Infosys, Wipro, Satyam and TCS — had established their dominance in the entire world, resulting in the fast economic growth of the country.

He said the government was laying main focus on providing vocational education to the students so that they could capture their share in the international market.

He stressed upon the need for orientation courses for the teachers so that they could update their knowledge and teach the students accordingly.

The Finance Minister claimed that the state government had introduced computer education in all schools and 4,000 computer teachers had already been appointed and the remaining would be appointed shortly.

Appreciating the initiative of the industrial house, the minister said this would help the students in getting books on different subjects from the library free of cost.

Later interacting with mediapersons, Mr Singla informed that under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan funds amounting to Rs 159 crore had been spent on the improvement of infrastructure in the schools. He said under a crash programme 42,000 km roads had been repaired and strengthened and 4,000 km more would be repaired shortly.

He said Ludhiana had been taken under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission and infrastructure would strengthened at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore.

He said the technical committee had submitted its report with the government regarding the Ring Road around Ludhiana and the PIDB would take up the work on the project within two months.

Mr Mittal said the Bharti Foundation was established with a vision to help underprivileged children and youngsters.

The foundation undertakes projects primarily in the area of computers in education, libraries and reading programmes for disadvantaged children. It provides scholarships to young people to help them complete their higher education. It has set up the Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management at IIT, New Delhi, to develop young telecom leaders. The group has set up over 100 Bharti libraries in 11 states across the country under the ongoing programme.

Apart from providing colourful books for children of different age group, the libraries are a hub of activities focusing on initiatives such as “Learning to read” and “Reading to learn” programmes, games and activities to teach mathematics, logic and developing story-telling skills.

The aim of the programme is to create a conducive reading and learning environment, introduce underprivileged children to the world of books, develop and upgrade the children’s basic reading skills, develop their mathematical and analytical skills and improve learning levels and overall development of the children through games and reading-based activities.

Others present on the occasion were Mr Jagpal Singh Khangura, a Congress leader, Mr Vivek Sharma, Director, Pratham, and Col D.B. Sharma, Director, Sat Pal Mittal School.



From Schools
Colourful functions mark Baisakhi celebrations in city schools
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 12
Students of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Udham Singh Nagar, organised a function in connection with Baisakhi on the school campus here today. The tiny tots of the school presented a colourful Punjabi dance. A fancy dress contest was also organised on the occasion.

Various group dances were presented by the students, who were dressed in a colourful attire. Children also enacted the scene of the tragic incident of Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the Baisakhi fair stole the show and left the audience spellbound.

The function ended with a lively presentation of bhangra by students of senior classes. At the end of the function, the Principal of the school, Ms Sunil Arora, greeted everyone on the occasion of Baisakhi and also appreciated the efforts of the students and the teachers in making the function a great success.

Kidzee school

The tiny tots of Kidzee Rainbow School celebrated Baisakhi with great zeal and enthusiasm at the school here today. The school was decorated with colourful pots, phulkaris and wheat grass. Kids presented bhangra and raised slogans of ‘‘Jatta Aayee Baisakhi’’. Dhruv, Shreya, Komalpreet, Janvi, Jasmehar, Pawani, Nandini, Ira, Guneet, Keshav, Vaidehi, Manya, Kashish etc, were dressed as ‘gabru’ and ‘mutiyar’.

Springdale school

A function was organised at Springdale Senior Secondary School in connection with the festival of Baisakhi here today. The celebrations started with the recitation of a shabad ‘‘deh shiva var mohe ihe...’’. In her speech, Prabhjot Kaur, a student of Class IX expressed her views and importance of Baisakhi. Karan Bagga, a student of Class IV, sang a Punjabi song on the occasion.

Students also presented gidha and bhangra. Director, Ms Avinash Kaur Walia in her speech greeted the students and staff members on the occasion of Baisakhi and asked them to adopt and respect their culture and traditions.

Students win laurels

Students of Tagore Public School excelled in an inter- school fancy dress competition for different age groups held at Jesus Sacred Convent School, South City , recently. Eight students of the school participated in the competition and five of them won prizes in the contest.

Founder’s Day

Enthusiasm and jubilation marked the Founder's Day celebrations and graduation ceremony of Jesus Sacred Heart School here recently.

Dr (Ms) Ravinder Kala, Director of Psychological Assessment and Counselling Services, was the chief guest on the occasion. Members of the management were also present on the occasion. A ‘graduation ceremony’ for the tiny tots was also organised in which they were welcomed to the primary section from kindergarten.

Students were awarded roll of honour for their achievements in academics and extra-curricular activities.



DMCH holds alumni meeting
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 12
The annual alumni meeting of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) was held recently at Dumra Auditorium. More than 400 DMCH graduates and post-graduates attended the meeting.

During the meeting, DMC passouts of 1973,1974, 1975 and 1981 batches were honoured by Dr Jagdeep Whig, Vice-Principal, DMCH and Chairman, DMC Alumni Committee. He said the aim of organising such a meeting was to foster interaction among students, teachers and rekindle old association with the alma mater.

Dr T.K. Kaul, convener, DMCH Alumni Committee, extended a warm welcome to former students. He traced the history of the institution over the decades and said presently it was among the leading medical colleges in the country. "DMCH has attained its peak by virtue of efforts put in by students, staff, faculty and management", said Dr Kaul

Dr Sandeep Puri, Medical Superintendent, DMCH, felt that the meeting had brought alive nostalgic memories of the past.



SC candidates resent doctors’ selection process

Scheduled Caste and Backward Class medical candidates, appearing for the posts of medical officers in rural dispensaries, have criticised the selection procedure adopted by the selection committee.

A number of Scheduled Caste candidates, in a representation to the Chief Executive Officer-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner, said the interviews were not held according to the 100-point roaster Chapter III of the Punjab Government for the Scheduled Caste Medical Candidates. They said the interviews were held according to the general merit which was not according to the requirement of the reservation points.

They demanded a separate list of Scheduled Caste candidates and those belonging to other reserved categories should be drawn out.



Wards of PAU staff honoured
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 12
The Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union today presented the Sardar Kehar Singh Rupa Financial Awards to wards of PAU employees who had secured first, second and third positions.

A function was organised by the union at Paul Auditorium which was presided over by Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice- Chancellor. Mr Jagjit Singh Anand, Chief Editor, Nawan Zamana, was the guest of honour. Mr Rup Singh Roopa, donor of the award money, Dr V.K. Sharma, Registrar, were also present.

Mr D.P. Maur, president of the union, said the award was the third in a series which was started in 2004. Rupees 10 lakh was donated by Mr Roop Singh, a former president of the union, at that time. Under this award, financial fellowship of Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 2,000 is given respectively. As many as 12 students are selected for the award every year. This year, only six have been selected. They include Anupriya Singh Jasrotia, Richa Mehta, Amritpal Kaur, Manvir Kaur, Bhavdeep Singh and Jaspreet Singh.


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