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IAF opens doors to IIT students
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
In its endeavour to attract the cream of technical manpower, the IAF has opened its doors to engineering students from the elite Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) for undertaking summer training programmes at its technical establishments.

According to a letter received by No.3 Base Repair Depot here from Air Headquarters, eight IIT students would be undergoing summer training at the depot from May 15 to July 9. They would be exposed to the entire spectrum of activities involving maintenance and overhaul of helicopters here.

Five of the students are from the IIT, Delhi while the other three are from the IIT, Mumbai. This is for the first time that engineering students would be undergoing summer training with the IAF, though there have been instances of brief visits by students to IAF establishments to have a glimpse of activities there.

The letter also lists out various aspects of the training to be imparted to the students along with other requisite instructions. The students are expected to stay at the depot for the duration of the training.

Technical manpower has always been an issue with the services, with the best looking at the private sector for employment. The IAF's requirement, according to sources, is about 200 engineers every year, but the intake is only about 150 annually. The IAF hopes that opening its doors to college students for training programmes may help bring in more talent.

"We have stated this as a pilot project to give students from the country's top-of-the-line technical institutes an exposure to the technology intensive environment of the air force," an officer here said. "The IAF also operates some of the most advanced aircraft and related systems anywhere and we hope that that this attracts what are considered as the best technical brains in the country to join the force," he added.

Students from several streams have been offered summer training facility by the IAF. According to an officer, aeronautics and space is the only field which encompasses virtually all streams of engineering, be it metallurgy, electronics, mechanical, electrical, aeronautics, production or information technology.

Several other IAF technical establishments across the country are also hosting students from IITs for undergoing summer training. About 60 students, divided into groups, would be attending these summer training programmes this year. Each group would be exposed to a different type of aircraft or system.



UGC honour for GGDSD College
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
The UGC has selected GGDSD College as college having potential for excellence. The decision was notified on May 4 by the UGC.
An elated Dr AC Vaid, Principal, SD College, Sector 32 stated that “potential for excellence status is only a testimony of our continuous efforts for quality enhancement. We are working over road map to excellence’ for the past several years. The UGC has only certified the goodwill which we already enjoy in minds of masses in general and academic community in particular.”

The college has prepared an ambitious plan to spend about 12 crore over a period of three years to achieve further excellence. The college is presently stressing upon quality improvements in areas of teaching, learning and evaluation research and consultancy and promoting Indian higher education abroad, further informed Mr Vaid.

It may be mentioned here that earlier the UGC had directed Panjab University to select colleges with potential for excellence. Panjab University had constituted an 11 member committee to select the colleges. Thirtytwo colleges had applied for the scheme. Six colleges were recommended which included SD College, Sector 32, Khalsa College for women, Ludhiana, Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepore and DAV College, Abohar.

Under the scheme, the UGC is providing financial assistance to strengthen the academic, physical infrastructure for achieving excellence in teaching research and outreach programmes and to encourage networking with centers/ departments and laboratories of national and international repute. The UGC is giving grant of up to Rs 100 lakh for autonomous/ accredited colleges and upto Rs 70 lakh for accredited colleges under the scheme.



KV-31 students present colourful show
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31, celebrated its annual function today. The function commenced with a floral reception of chief guest Air Commodore R.K. Srivastava, AOC, 3 BRD, Air Force Station, here and his wife Reena Srivastava, president of the AFWWA (L).

Dr S.P. Shergill, Principal of the school, presented the annual report. Later, Reena Srivastava distributed prizes among meritorious students. Tiny tots presented an enchanting welcome dance. A mesmerising display of bgharat natyam and action group dance “KV ke sitare” were well received by the audience.

Senior students presented a melodious version of their dedication to patriotism “Yeh hai naya Hindustan”. A Hindi one-act play “Samjhota” was also staged. Tamil dance, Ganesh vandana, classical dance and Rajasthani dance proved to be very entertaining.

The chief guest appreciated the staff and students for presenting a great show and wished them success.



Career counselling camp held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
The Centre for Adult, Continuing Education and Extension, Panjab University organised a one-day camp on “Career Counselling” at DAV Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector 8. Around 200 students participated in the camp.

Mr Baltej Singh, coordinator from Desh Bhagat Institute of Management, Chandigarh, explained various career opportunities available in new emerging fields like hotel management and tourism, airlines, biotechnology, medical, biomedical genetics, engineering, etc.

Dr Kiran Preet from the Department of Sociology, Panjab University, explained circumstances conducive to the academic excellence for students and also for their overall development as also professional competence.



“Mango Day” at St Peter’s School
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
The junior section of St Peter's Secondary School, Sector 37-B, Chandigarh, celebrated ''Mango Day'' with great zeal and vigour here today.
Children were told about the nutritious value of mango, which is also the national fruit of India. The tiny tots sang poems on mango.

The Principal, Mrs Patricia Khanna, lauded the efforts of the students and motivated them to take more of fresh fruits and vegetables in place of junk food. 



Painting competition organised
Our Correspondent

Mohali, May 5
About 1,000 students took part in the on-the-spot painting and poster-making competition held at Shivalik Public School here today.
The competition was organised by the Generation Saviour Association and it was 11th in the series. Students from 19 schools of Mohali, Chandigarh and Panchkula exhibited their creative skills in the contest. The theme given to the students was to highlight the ill-effects of tobacco. The winners will get prizes on World No Tobacco Day which falls on May 31.



270 shortlisted for placement

Chandigarh, May 5
Messers 2nd Foundation (I) Private Limited, a US-based software development company, conducted a joint campus placement test at the Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology today.
As many as 270 students were shortlisted from the 300 registered candidates. The SSIET chairman, Prof Avtar Singh, and Principal, Dr I. P. Singh, appreciated such joint ventures which eliminated many difficulties for the visiting teams going to the individual colleges. TNS



Anmol Rattan elected Bar body chief
Our High Court Correspondent

Chandigarh, May 5
Members of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association (HCBA) today rewarded former president Anmol Rattan Sidhu for his hard-work and dedication in his last two terms by voting him back as president.

Mr Sidhu was elected president for the third time. He defeated his main opponent Rakesh Kumar Garg by a margin of 83 votes. A total of 2,046 voters were found eligible vote, but only 1,766 chose to exercise their franchise.

Mr Sidhu secured 783 votes while Mr Garg polled 700 votes. The third contestant in the fray, Mr S.S. Dalal got 292 votes.

Among other winners are Mr Arun Bansal (vice president), Mr Amandeep Singh Singhmar (honorary secretary), Ms Meenal Goyal (joint secretary) and Mr Kanwar Berjeshwar Singh Jaswal (treasurer).

Mr Bansal ( 720 votes) defeated his nearest rival Mr M.K. Dogra by a margin of 181 votes, while Mr Singhmar was the hands-down winner for the prestigious post of honorary secretary. He clinched 898 votes while his nearest rival, Mr Onkar Singh Batalvi, managed 590 votes. The third candidate in the fray, Mr A.K. Sinha, got 260 votes.

The battle for the post of joint secretary was also keenly contested. However, Ms Meenal Goyal (969 votes) prevailed over Ms Balwinder Kaur (747 votes).

For the post of treasurer, Mr Jaswal (911 votes) got the better of his only rival, Mr Amit Jaiswal (808 votes).

Among those elected as executive committee members of the HCBA are Mr Amit Arora, Mr Amit Rana, Mr Chouhan Satvinder Singh Sisodia, Mr Dhanpat Rai Singla, Mr Himanshu Raj Munjal, Mr Narender Kumar Sharma, Mr Rakesh Kumar Nagpal, Mr Satnam Singh, Mr Surinder Pal Singh Tinna and Mr Vikas Mehsempuri.

Some members had already been declared elected unopposed. They include Mr D.S. Nehra and Mr O.P. Goyal (both senior executive members) Ms Meenakshi Kumari Chaudhary (woman executive member) and Mr Ashok Kumar Verma, Ms Bhupinder Pal Kaur Brar, Mr Divjyot Singh Sandhu, Mr Jagmohan Singh Bhatti, Ms Kulwant Kaur Kahlon, Mr Rajinder Goyal and Mr Swaran Singh (all executive members in above-10 years category).

The elections were conducted under the supervision of an election committee headed by Senior Advocate Manmohan Lal Sarin.

For the first time in the history of the Bar elections, video photography was done to record the voting as well as counting processes so as to ensure complete transparency.

Speaking to The Tribune after his election, Mr Sidhu said he would carry on from where he left last time. “There is so much still to be done. I want our Bar to be the best in the country in all respects,” he said.



‘Synchronise healthcare services’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
Gen (retd) S.F. Rodrigues, Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, called for the synchronisation of healthcare services by pooling of existing resources and integration of the medical network available in the PGIMER, General Hospital and Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, for ensuring access to quality healthcare in the region.

He emphasised the need for optimal utilisation of the healthcare infrastructure and effective coordination and knowledge-sharing by professionals through the latest techniques of tele-medicine, tele-consultation and tele-education for the benefit of society at large and the disadvantaged in particular.

Presiding over a high-level meeting of the Health Secretary, Mr Krishna Mohan, Director, PGIMER, Dr K.K. Talwar, senior faculty heads, Director, Health Services, UT, and Director-Principal of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, here today, General Rodrigues discussed plans for bringing about major improvements in the delivery system by revamping the healthcare services in the region.

Dr K.K. Talwar, Director, PGIMER, said the synchronisation of healthcare services would be a useful initiative, which would ensure high-quality patient care, besides giving a boost to research in medical education and to the creation of advanced medical facilities in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.



‘Laughter yoga’ the best medicine
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
The Fragrance Laughter Club will hold a World Laughter Day on May 7 at the Fragrance Garden, Sector 36. The function will be presided over by Mrs. Shyama Negi, Senior Deputy Mayor of the Municipal Corporation, and Councillor, Mrs Kamla Sharma.

According to the organisers of the club, laughter yoga is a new revolution in body-mind medicine that combines simple laughter exercises and gentle yoga breathing to enhance health and happiness.

As per the information on laughter yoga available on laughteryoga.org, laughter yoga is the brainchild and life's work of Dr Madan Kataria and his wife Madhuri of Mumbai. They came upon the idea of laughing as a therapy in March, 1995, and experimented with it in their local park in Andheri, Mumbai, India. It proved an immediate success and laughter clubs quickly spread to other parts of the city.

The website says that during the first 10 years, the laughter yoga technique spread itself through grassroots effort in 40 countries. Dr Kataria dedicated himself to its full time promotion in 1997.



DAV win basketball  match
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 5
DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, thrashed Government Model High School, Sector 33, (52-27) on the inaugural day of Junior State Basketball Championship for boys and girls held at New Public School, Sector 18, here today.

In girls category, Government Model High School, Sector 26, beat Shishu Niketan School 26-14.

Other results:

Boys: SD-32 bt MRS-27 (47-36); DAV-15 bt Bhavan Vidyalaya-27 (42-19)

Girls: St Kabir bt Tagore Model School-29 (21-04)


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