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Stage set for veterinary university’s inauguration
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 31
The stage is finally set for the formal inauguration of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University on June 2 by the Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

The Act for the establishment of the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University was passed during the Budget session of the Vidhan Sabha in 2005. This Act was challenged in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the Punjab agricultural university teachers association (PAUTA). The High Court first granted a stay order and later dismissed the petition in April 2006. The university came into being on April 21 with the dismissal of the petition of PAUTA.

Mr D.S. Bains, secretary, Animal Husbandry, Punjab Government, took over as the first vice chancellor of the new university. There has been a smooth distribution of assets between the Punjab Agricultural University and the new veterinary university, contrary to apprehensions since the veterinary university had been carved out of the existing PAU.

The college of veterinary sciences, once a constituent college of the PAU, is the mainstay of the veterinary university. All buildings and other related departments which were under the occupation of the college of veterinary sciences have now been transferred to Guru Angad university.

The veterinary university has also got a chunk of land costing more than 200 crores for research. It has prime land of 54 acres situated on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway, which if put on sale would eliminate all financial worries of the veterinary university. This piece of land was being used as an experimental area for wheat and other major crops by the PAU. While framing the Act for the veterinary university, authorities concerned ensured that this land adjoining the immunology (tick borne disease) building shall stand transferred to the new university. The tick borne diseases building has also come in handy for the new university which would host offices of the vice chancellor and other administrators.

This building was constructed to carry out research on tick borne diseases but the project fell prey to the politics at PAU during the eighties and the state was deprived of the development of the vaccine which would have saved cross bred milch cattle and revolutionised milk production in Punjab.

As for the cash balance, the Act had provided, cash balances whether in the form of cash, bank or security deposit and reserve funds, held by the existing university, immediately before the commencement of this Act, shall, after deducting all liabilities of the existing university upto such commencement, be apportioned between the existing university and the new university in the ratio of seventy-thirty.

Enquiries show that PAU has released a sum of Rs 1 crore to the veterinary university for its day to day expenditure. The vice-chancellor of Guru Angad Dev University is confident that the new university will not face any financial problems as the state government has promised adequate financial help and expects some help from the World Bank and other international institutions.

Nearly 160 teachers working in the college of veterinary sciences have been transferred to the veterinary university alongwith the non-teaching staff of about 400 persons.

Meanwhile, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister Jagmohan Singh Kang reviewed the arrangements for the inaugural function of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) at Veterinary College here today.

Mr Kang directed all concerned to give the final touches to the arrangements assigned to them. The minister said all facilities would be provided for the latest research in the new university and hoped that it would produce veterinarians of international repute who would serve the farming community in the country and abroad.



Roop Brar is president of Guru Nanak College, Doraha

Doraha, May 31
Ms Roop Brar, daughter of Late Dr Ishwar Singh, has been unanimously elected the president of the managing committee of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, whereas Bibi Bhagwant Kaur has been nominated as the life long chief patron, keeping in view the tremendous contribution of the entire family for the cause of promoting education among the rural students.

The members offered tribute to the late founder and president of the college, Dr Ishwar Singh, who dedicated his whole life to the cause of education and till his last breath, remained attached to the institution that he started for the rural poor.

Prof Balwant Singh Pangli, general secretary, and Jaswant Singh gill, Director of the college, presented a detailed report on the development of the college during the past years. Mr Jagjiwan Pal Singh Gill, vice president of the management committee, and Mr Harpartap Singh Brar, executive committee member, gave suggestions for the initiation of some courses in the college, including P G diploma in computer application, tourism and other add-on and vocational courses. The annual Budget amounting to Rs 97 lakh was also passed. A provision of Rs 10 lakhs was made by the managing board for the development of the college in the coming session.

The managing board appealed to the government to continue its full financial support to aided colleges and also include the new courses under 95 per cent grant in aid scheme. — OC


10 from city clear IIT JEE

Ludhiana, May 31
The IIT JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) results saw 10 students from the city clearing the tough entrance examination.

Two students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar— Gaurav Aggarwal and Harsimran Grewal— secured 855th rank and 2520th rank respectively. Another student, Aakshay Bhatia of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School obtained 5498th rank.


Gagandeep Singh, a student of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College got 1511th position in the IIT 2006 examination. He had earlier secured 82nd rank in India in AIEEE 2006 conducted by the NCERT.

Slum school student gets 92 per cent

Deepika, a student of a slum school, Nishkam Vidya Mandir, secured 92 per cent marks in the class 8 board examination conducted by PSEB. The cereditable thing is that all students of class 8 had cleared the exam that showed the hard work put in by the staff of the school.

373 clearing MAT opt for GNIMT

Three seventy three students out of all those who cleared MAT 2006 (Management Aptitude Test) from all over India have opted for Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan campus. Candidates would be selected for admission on the basis of group discussion and interview which would be held in June, 2006. OC



Summer camps from today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 31
Bhartiya Vidya Mandir School, Udham Singh Nagar and Kitchlu Nagar respectively are organising summer camps for the all round development of students from tomorrow. The camp would end on June 10.

Workshops would be held for music, dance, bhangra, mehndi craft, crocheting , candle making , photo framing , jewellery etc. More than 700 students were going to participate in the camp.

Summer camp concludes

A seven-day summer camp concluded at Shanti Niketan Adarsh Vidyalaya here today.

An art & craft teacher, Ponam Gupta of Fevicryle, taught the students pot painting , lamination, tie and dye , stitching, embroidery etc. Randhir Sharma, director, said students learn very different things during summer camps and sometimes hobby turns into profession.



PAU to collaborate with 2 US varsities

Ludhiana, May 31
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) will have collaboration with two universities of the USA.

Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, said he had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Florida University and the University of California.

The PAU would have a collaborative programme with the Florida University on biotechnology, management of natural resources like soil and water, crop residue management, food processing, bio-fuel and bio-energy.

The University of California would have training programmes for teachers ranging from three months to one year and students could do their theory work at the PAU and research work in California.

They would study the possibility of sending undergraduate students to the USA for one or two semesters and sabbatical leave programme for seniors would be introduced. — OC



Panel for efficient and timely justice to SCs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 31
Chairman of the Punjab State Commissioner for Scheduled Castes Niranjan Singh has informed that the commission would hold district level meetings where complaints of members of the Scheduled Castes would be redressed in the presence of senior civil servants of the districts.

This would ensure availability of all facilities being given by the government to the SC community and would minimise the atrocities against them.

Mr Niranjan Singh was presiding over the first such joint meeting of officers and complainants at Bachhat Bhawan here today. As many as 24 complaints of atrocities and non-compliance of the directions of the government were discussed at the meeting and the chairman gave directions to the concerned officers for its redressal.

Mr Singh said it was first time in the state that the SC commission had been constituted with a view to provide efficient and timely justice to the SC community.

Reacting to the number of complaints relating to police department, He asked the SSPs of Ludhiana, Jagroan and Khanna, to accord personal attention in redressing the complaints of the under privileged section of the society and of other weaker sections as well.

The chairman also asked the DC to accord priority to redress the complaints of SCs in the meetings of the District Grievances Removal Committee and advised him to hold regular meetings of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee for SCs.

He informed that the commission would also ensure fast disbursement of old age and other pensions, stipends, scholarships, books etc. and other facilities given by the government.

He said the government had created a corpus fund of Rs 450 crore to ensure regular delivery of pension to the beneficiaries particularly belonging to the SC community.

On the complaint of labour leader Sudesh Gharu regarding harassment by the SHO, Jodhewal Basti, in the case of kidnapping of his son, the chairman had asked the SSP, Ludhiana, to take action against the erring police official.

Meanwhile, the SSP, Mr A.S. Rai, informed that the process of taking action against the police official had been initiated and he had been shifted to the police lines.

On another complaint by Gulzar Singh of Barewal regarding fraud by committing forgery by a local coloniser, who he alleged had grabbed his land, the chairman asked the SSP to register a case under the relevant sections and ensure early justice to the farmer.

On another complaint regarding the delay in action in highly-publicised Jalaldiwal case, Mr Singh asked the SSP, Jagraon, to take immediate action.

He also asked the complainant to present evidences before the inquiry officer. On another complaint against a sarpanch regarding insulting an SC panchayat member, the chairman asked the SSP to register a case.

Mr Singh said atrocities against the SCs and other weaker sections would not be tolerated and appealed to the people to file their complaints to the commission by post or through fax at phone number : 0172 2741342.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, informed that regular meetings of the committee would be conducted and special attention would be given to the complaints against the SCs.

He said a special programme of block level suvidha camps was also being launched in the district where all concerned officers would remain present to complete the formalities and to attest documents for the completion of applications of the SCs for getting benefits under the different schemes of the government.

Others present on the occasion included Mr Harbans Kaur Dulo, Parliamentary Secretary, Ms Neelam Sahota, member of the commission, Mr Mohinder Singh Kalyan, Mr Kewal Singh, both former MPs, Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SSP, Jagraon, Mr M.F. Faruqui, SSP, Khanna, Mr Chander Shekhar Sahota and Mr Kala Hans.



Lok Adalat at consumer forum
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 31
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum today organised a Lok Adalat to settle pending complaints of different consumers.

The Lok Adalat was held under the supervision of Mr A.S Narula, president of the District Consumer Forum, Ludhiana.

With persuations between the parties concerned, 13 cases were settled in Lok Adalat involving disputes worth Rs Rs 3,84,249. Thirtyfour cases were taken up.


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