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PAU workshop for vegetable growers on May 1
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
PAU scientists and officers of the state Department of Horticulture will meet here on May 1 to finalise package of practices to be followed by vegetable growers. The workshop will deliberate on varieties recommended for general release and cultivation by PAU Research Evaluation Committee, varieties approved for adaptive research trials; and production and protection technologies, said Director of Extension Education Dr.S.S.Gill.

The workshop will consider university's recommendations in respect of improved varieties of brinjal, cucumber, turmeric, besides discussing the production and protection technologies related to bulb set size and method of planting kharif onion, net house cultivation for growing vegetables, growing tomato in green houses, advantages of direct seeded cabbage, low tunnel cultivation of bell pepper and cucumber, high mulching in hybrid chilli, effect of nitrogen fertilszer in hybrid chilli, control of diamond back moth on cabbage and cauliflower.

Dr. Gill pointed out that India is the second largest producers of fruits and vegetables in the world with a production capacity of 50 million tonnes of fruits and 98 million tonnes of vegetables. However, India wastes more fruits than are consumed in the U.K.

Most of the losses are post harvest on farmers' fields in the packaging area, in transportation, storage and in the wholesale and retail markets. Actual post harvest losses of horticultural crops have been estimated to be as high as 25 per cent to 40 per cent. Primarily this is due to lack of awareness about handling the harvested fruits and vegetables, in proper packaging, transportation and market infrastructure.

The workshop will be addressed among others by State Director of Horticulture, Dr. Kulbir Singh, who will speak on targets, production and problems in growing vegetables in Punjab. Director of Research, Dr. B.S.Dhillon, will give salient findings in research on vegetable crops.



Field day on winter maize 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
The Vice-Chancellor of PAU, Dr K.S. Aulakh, and the Chairman of the Punjab State Farmers' Commission, Dr G.S. Kalkat, will lead a group of scientists to Khaira Bet village on May 4 to see the cultivation of winter maize.

The occasion will be a field day at the farm of Capt Rattan Singh of the INA who has invited progressive farmers and dairy owners to see how winter maize sown in February flourishes.

The Director of Extension Education, Dr S.S. Gill, today said winter maize was a less water consuming crop and had high fertility qualities in the irrigated conditions. The varsity offers three maize varieties, Bulland, Sheetal and Partap-I. The average per acre yield of these varieties is 31 quintals in case of Bulland, 28 quintals in case of Sheetal and 25 quintals in case of Partap-I.

The PAU Kisan Club will also hold its monthly meeting where dairy owners will be apprised of the qualities and utility of sowing winter maize which is a good source of cattle feed and also for making silage. 



Farmers take to self-marketing
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, April 28
To overcome marketing difficulties and get remunerative returns from produce, farmers in the region have set a precedent by organising themselves into a “self-marketing” help group to eliminate the middle man and earn profit. Mr Nishan Singh Pannu, a farmer of Kalyan village and a winner of Punjab Chief Minister Award for his pioneering work in growing vegetables, has taken this unique initiative.

Commenting on the self-marketing help group, the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K. S. Aulakh, said: “Such role models must be replicated across the state by the farmers who must realise that to overcome marketing difficulties they will have to base their farm operations from sowing to marketing on scientific knowledge and work with their own hands.”

Appreciating the efforts of Mr Pannu, Dr Aulakh stressed since learning was a two-way process, both university scientists and farmers had much to imbibe from each other's experience. Being at the cutting-edge of the production-protection technologies evolved by the PAU, feedback from farmers was imperative to enable scientists to respond to their needs and re-draw their research strategies, he said.

The Director of Extension Education, PAU, Dr S. S. Gill said one basic factor responsible for the success of the green revolution was the symbiotic relationship between the PAU and the farmers. The steps included preparing fields, hybrid seeds and irrigation schedules, besides fertiliser applications and plant protection.

“This supplementary and complimentary role between the scientists and the farmers has helped the country make a turn around from a food deficit to a food-surplus nation. It is in the interest of the state and nation that this relationship is continued through mutual learning experiences,” he added. 



Paper out of style, claim students
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
The political science question paper of BA-I held today created panic among students as the pattern of the paper was not as per the syllabus. As per the format, 15 questions were to be asked in part A, out of which the students were required to attempt any 10 of two marks each. However, there were only five questions and the students were asked to attempt all five.

The questions were taken from sections A and B and sections C and D had been ignored.

In part B, five questions were to be attempted out of 10, however, it contained only nine questions of nine marks each, which was not according to prescribed norms.

In part B, section C was again ignored as there was one question each from sections A and D and two questions from section B.

The students alleged that the person who had set the paper had ignored the style. Some of them demanded a re-examination while others were in favour of at least 20 grace marks.

Teachers also favoured the demand of the students. The faculty members said they would send in writing that the paper-setter be debarred from any further duty of the kind.



High fee: ADC starts probe against Ryan school 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
The district administration today launched a high-level inquiry into a complaint against Ryan International School of charging high fee for admission, stationery and uniform from the students.

The ADC (Development), Mr Priyank Bharti, began the inquiry today after the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, had directed him to complete the investigation on a complaint filed by two parents. The DC has ordered the inquiry to be completed within 20 days.

The ADC has given the school management time till May 3 to submit the reply to the allegations made in the complaint. A representative of the school management appeared at the ADC office today and sought some more time, claiming that school does not know the details of the complaint.

The Principal, Ms Jayshree Gupta, while speaking to the Ludhiana Tribune has rubbished the complaint. “We have sought time to give para-wise reply to the complaint,” she said, adding that she had nothing against the two complainants but some other persons who had not paid fee of their children had scripted the entire false complaints.

She said it was unfair to compare the fee structure of their school with another as her school was imparting quality facilities apart from quality stationery and uniforms.



Meet industry needs, students exhorted
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, April 28
Under a series, “personality of the month”, Mr Navin Mittal, an IAS officer of Andhra Pradesh, had an interactive session with students and faculty members of the RIMT-Institute of Management and Computer Technology held on the campus.

Introducing Mr Mittal, the Director of the institute, Dr B.S. Bhatia, said political will and administrative support were important for the success of any project. He also spoke on the relevance of IT in the development of the nation and welfare of the masses.

In his address, Mr Mittal spoke at length about his experience with the IT industry in general and e-governance in particular in Andhra Pradesh.

He called upon the student community and the faculty to prepare themselves according to the needs of the industry. He said there was a gap between what was being taught in institutes and what was required by the industry. He said the students should be well-versed in technologies prevalent in the industry and the universities should keep on revising their syllabi according to the industry needs.

He emphasised the need for a problem-solving approach among the students than the traditional theoretical approach. He called upon the students to inculcate leadership qualities and pay attention to the soft skills, which were essential in today’s knowledge era.

He said the ultimate advantage of science and technology should percolate to the masses and e-governance held a great promise in this regard. He shared his experiences in Andhra Pradesh, a pioneer state in this regard.

He said e-governance would take the administration to the doorstep of the public.

Mr Mittal is at present working as Collector-cum-District Magistrate of Vijaywada, the third largest district of Andhra Pradesh.

Mr Mittal, a computer engineer (gold medallist) from the IIT, New Delhi, stood third in the civil services examination (1996).

Mr Hukam Chand Bansal, Chairman, RIMT Group of Institutes, was also present.



Ad hoc appointments for veterinary varsity
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
Mr D.S.Bains, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, has made the following ad hoc appointments: Director of Research— Dr A.S. Nanda; the Director of Extension Education— Dr K.B.Singh; the Dean of Postgraduate Studies— Dr S.K.Jand; the Registrar—Dr Simrat Sagar Singh; and the Dean of Students Welfare and Establishment Officer— Dr K. S. Sandhu.

Dr Rajvir Singh will hold the additional charge of Controller of Examinations and Mr D. P.Rattan will hold the additional charge of Comptroller. Dr J. K. Sharma will hold the additional charge of Librarian.

The order further says that on the retirement of Dr D. R. Sharma, Dr K. S. Roy will hold the additional charge of Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, till regular appointment is made and on the retirement of Dr K. B. Singh.Dr O. S. Parmar will hold the additional charge of Director, Extension Education, till regular appointment is made. 



Tips on farm journalism
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 28
The five-day training programme on farm journalism and documentation of success stories organised by Punjab Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (PAMETI), PAU, concluded here today.

The main objective of the programme was to impart knowledge and skills to the extension workers of agriculture and allied departments regarding various methods of farm journalism. Special emphasis was laid on the documentation of the success stories of the progressive farmers which can be an effective tool to motivate the other farmers of the state.

Mr PPS Gill, Additional Director, Centre for Communication Language and Culture, PAU, gave an account of the working of newspaper office and pointed out lacunas in the news reports prepared by various scientists and extension workers in routine.

Dr Gurbhajan Gill, Editor, Punjabi, PAU, averred that the small and marginal farmers, who have engineered their fate themselves despite numerous hurdles coupled with lack of resources, should be brought into focus by writing about them. Participants were enlightened about characteristics and virtues of good extension talks on radio and TV by Mr Amarjit Waraich from AIR, Jalandhar.

Dr Sarabjit Singh, Associate Professor, Journalism, enlightened the participants about the basics of newspaper, citizen journalism and news reporting.

Dr SPS Brar, Director PAMETI, while addressing the trainees stated that farm journalism has huge potential in dissemination of better farming practices and awareness regarding the requirement of the present, which is still underexploited. He motivated them to document the positive happenings in the field of agriculture. 



Workshop on management development
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, April 28
The Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences (DBIMCS) organised a workshop on “Analytical approach to management development” yesterday on the college campus.

Prof A. S. Chawla was the keynote speaker. The workshop was meant for MBA students. Professor Chawla teaches business management at Punjabi University, Patiala.

Dr Zora Singh, Chairman of the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, and Ms Shalini Gupta, Director of DBIMCS, welcomed Professor Chawla and introduced him to faculty members and students.

Professor Chawla focused on the importance of making case studies and their application in solving management problems.

He gave tips for speedy development of a company or an enterprise in the present competitive business scenario.

In her valedictory address, Ms Shalini Gupta thanked Professor Chawla.

The workshop was attended by at least 120 MBA students.



College teachers meet SSP
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
A deputation of the Punjab Government College Teachers' Association (PGCTA) met the SSP, Mr A.S. Rai, under the leadership of Prof Jaipal Singh, president, PGCTA, to lodge their protest against an unfortunate incident which took place with Professor Harblas, a lecturer at SCD Government College, on April 25.

They complained that in spite of a complaint lodged on the same day, neither the case was registered nor any arrest had been made. Mr Rai listened to the deputation patiently and ordered the SHO, Division No. 8, to register a criminal case against the guilty.

Prof Jaipal Singh said it was unfortunate that such types of incidents were happening and it was the moral responsibility of every citizen to curb such type of mentality of youngsters regarding copying and criminal behaviour. Prof Ashwani Bhalla, executive member of the PGCTA, said if such things were not controlled it might lead to creating criminal elements in society.

The other members of the deputation who met the SSP included Prof Darbara Singh, vice-principal of SCD Government College, Prof R.S. Grewal, Prof Jagtar Singh and Prof Sikandar Singh Gill.



Reduce timings, say teachers

Ludhiana, April 28
Leaders of six teachers' bodies in a joint statement have urged the Education Board to reduce the school timings as soon as possible. They said it was getting hotter with the temperatures hovering between 40-42 degrees.

The timings should be from 7.30 am to 12.30 pm so that the students do not suffer from the intense heat, they added. OC 



From Colleges
DIMT students excel in PTU exams
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
Students of Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT), Doraha, have brought laurels to the institute by securing excellent marks in the examinations held by Punjab Technical University in December 2005, said Dr R.S. Gupta, Director, DIMT, in a press note issued here today.

In MSc(IT)/PGDCA, semester II, all students got first division. Amandeep Kumar bagged first position with 70.8 per cent marks. Ritu Sharma got second position by securing 69.2 per cent marks and Taranjeet Kaur third with 64.2 per cent marks. In BCA semester (V) Lakhwinder Singh stood first by securing 72.5 per cent marks. In BCA semester (III) Kavita Sharma stood first by securing 73 per cent marks.

Mr Sukhpal Singh, chairman, DIMT, and Dr R.S. Gupta congratulated the members of the faculty and students.

GGNIMT students shine: Students of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) here have excelled in MBA semester (I) examinations conducted by Punjab Technical University. Nancy Rehan bagged the first position by securing 87.25 per cent marks while the second and third positions were bagged by Satwinder Kaur with 86.25 per cent and Maneet Kaur with 84.37 per cent marks. The fourth and fifth positions were bagged by Amandeep Singh with 83.75 per cent and Kapil Bedi with 81.11 per cent marks.

Six students of the institute scored more than 80 per cent marks while 26 students scored more than 70 per cent. The director of the GGNIMT, Mr Kuldip Singh, and coordinator Gunwant Singh Dua congratulated the students. 



From Schools
When kids dressed up as pencil, computer
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
Jain Public Senior Secondary School, Benjamin Road, Ludhiana, organised a fancy dress competition of KG and class I students here today. About 50 students participated in it. The students dressed up as traffic light, pencil, computer, beggar, etc. Principal S.K. Kalra gave away the prizes to the winners

The following were the prize winners: Gautam, Sahil, Vinayka of KG-A. Khushi Chopra, Gurkirat, Yuvraj and Mihul of KG-B. Gurpreet, Muskan Anand, Ruhani of I-A. Aanchal, Anjali Gupta, Akshit Chanan of I-B. Kashika Bajaj and Shiana of I-C.

Motivation session: Kundan Vidya Mandir organised a motivation session for NCC cadets on Friday. The session was conducted by 3 Punjab Girls Bn, NCC. The guest of honour, Col S.K. Verni, NCC group commander, Ludhiana, was welcomed by Principal S.C. Saxena. Colonel Verni asked the students to join NCC and also told them not to lose sight of moral values.

Colonel Verni also applauded the efforts of the KVM and its two NCC officers Ved Parkash and Chander Sharma from 3 Pb Bn. The other NCC senior officers who attended the session were Lieut-Col Avtar Singh, Commanding Officer, 3 Pb Girls Bn, Lieut- Col Amreek Singh, Commanding Officer, 3 Pb Girls Bn, and Lieut Kulvinder Sandhu, administrative officer, 3 Pb Bn.

Prize distribution: The annual prize distribution function of Dr Ranjit International School was held on Friday. Dr Ranjit Kaur, MD of the school, was welcomed by the school staff. The councillors, Mr Hemraj Aggarwal and Ms Amarjit Kaur, were the chief guests and they gave away prizes to the toppers.

Students presented songs, poems and giddha on the occasion. Dr Ranjit Kaur encouraged the students to work hard.



Nazar ’06 inaugurated 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
Nazar ’06, a three-day exhibition of handicrafts, paintings, photographs and artifacts, organised by the Photography and Fine Arts Club (PFAC) at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, was inaugurated by Dr Surinder Bir Singh, Principal of the college, here today.

Mr V.K. Chadha, General Manager, Indian Telephone Industries, was the guest of honour on the occasion.

The exhibition is a show-case of talent and perfection of students in the field of arts. As many as 100 priceless collections are on display from fields of glass-painting, fibre-painting, embossing, sketching, posters, photography, nib-painting, chalk modelling, hand embroidery and flower arrangement.

Dr H.K. Grewal appreciated the students for their interest in arts in spite of having technical background. Students of the club Amrinder Singh Jassal, Manmeet Kaur, Ramandeep Singh, Gurneet Kaur, Jaskirat Kaur, Parneet Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Iesha tandon, Ankit Garg, Prayanka Walia, Ripandeep, Pushpinder Singh, Jagpal Singh, Lokpal Singh, Ruhani Jain, Abhniav Goyal and Paramjot Kaur Walia put in their efforts to make the exhibition a success.

According to Amarinder Singh, convener of the PFAC, the exhibition is an annual affair. 



Doctor raises the alarm on depression
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
“Around 8 per cent of the world population suffers from depression. As per the WHO, the projections show that with the aging of the world population and the conquest of infectious diseases, psychiatric and neurological conditions can increase their share of the total global disease burden.”

In a presentation on primary care, diagnosis and management of depression at the Civil Hospital here today, Dr Paramajit Singh Khurana, neuro-psychiatrist at Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital, disclosed that in 1990, major depression was the fourth leading cause of disease burden. However, in 2020, the problem was projected to jump to second position, above road traffic accidents, cerebro-vascular disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Particularly, in developing countries, and in females, major depression was believed to become the leading cause of disease burden.

A large number of medical professionals from several medical institutions in the city and surrounding areas attended the lecture.

He maintained that the Indian scenario with respect to depression was alarming. With a population of nearly 103 crores as per the 2001 census, the number of depressed patients in India could be computed to be approximately 9 crores. With a strength of just about 3500 psychiatrists in the country, there were roughly over 25,000 depressed patients per psychiatrist at any point of time, in addition to patients with other psychiatric problems.

As a consequence to this scenario, with these figures, there was bound to be a spillover to physicians. Also, depressed patients commonly approached their own physicians first, before seeking a psychiatric opinion. Thus, to maximise healthcare benefits to patients with depression, a combined effort from both psychiatrists and physicians would be desirable.

According to Dr Khurana, depression was already frequent enough and its consequences were such that it constituted a major health problem. “Unfortunately there is every likelihood that the frequency of depressive episode will increase in the years to come. Life expectancy is increasing in most countries, and the number and percentage of people running in higher risk of developing depression are also increasing accordingly.”

Focusing on other factors, giving rise to cases of depression, he remarked that rapidly changing psycho-social environment of man, marred by phenomenon such as uprooting, family disintegration and social isolation often gave rise to situations of acute or prolonged environmental stress, which might lead to depressive reaction. In addition, certain widely used drugs had also been shown to cause depression.

He stressed that training physicians and general health care staff in the detection and treatment of common mental and behavioral disorders was an important public health measure. This could be facilitated by liaison with local community-based mental health staff.

At the meeting, physicians were made aware of the various facts of depression, ways to diagnose the problem on first hand, the first line of treatment, along with ways to follow up and educate patients and the family members of depressive patients.



Abide by PNDT Act, doctors urged
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 28
The year of census comes as a rude shock to the nation when the skewed sex ratio is slapped on its face. It is major worry for policy makers but the public has very short memory and it needs to be shaken from time to time. These observations were made by speakers at a two-day regional conference on health education on “Pre-birth elimination of female child and role of PNDT Act” at the CMCH here today.

Mr Harnam Das Johar, Minister for Education, Punjab, while inaugurating the conference expressed concern over the faltering sex ratio at the national level, and more specifically in Punjab. He came down heavily upon those indulging in and abetting foeticide.

Dr Mohan Verghese, Principal of the CMC, urged the medical fraternity to evolve ways for the effective enforcement of the PNDT Act so that the alarming decline in the female population could be reversed.

Mr Harish Dhanda, president, Bar Council, Punjab and Haryana, described the PNDT Act as a very useful tool in the hands of the government provided it was enforced properly.

Mr R. L. Kalsia, secretary to the Government of Punjab, Department of Social Security, said foeticide was the mother of all evils and it was our prime duty to curb this menace.

Dr Rana Harinder, Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, exhorted the medical fraternity and the youth to join hands against foeticide.

Dr Rajinder Kaur, Civil Surgeon, Mr Satish Bansal, Mr Gurpreet Singh and Ms Getanjali Puri also spoke.


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