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‘Special teachers’ ignored during appointments
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
Sore over the apathetic attitude of the Zila Parishad, District Administration and DO (Primary), 16 students, who have done diploma in special education from the National Institute for Visually Handicapped (NIVH), feel cheated and ignored. They allege that while appointing hundreds of elementary teachers in the district recently, their qualification and merit was totally ignored by the appointing authorities.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, one of the candidates, Mr Gurpreet Singh, said he had done one year diploma in special education (visually impaired) from NIVH centre, Braille Bhavan Jamalpur. The course was being run jointly by the Punjab Government and the NIVH. The Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) had also recognised the course as equivalent to ETT/Junior Basic Training (JBT).

“While appointing new teachers in the district, all 16 candidates have been ignored. We have been told that the diploma and the institute have not been recognised. We not only feel cheated but helpless at this stage. We waited for years but now we are not being considered”, said Mr Gurpreet.

Another candidate said a communication sent by Deputy Director Rita Chaterji to the Directorate of Education on March 9, 2004, said the teachers were competent enough to teach in inclusive education and integrated set up.

Meanwhile, Ms Harwinder Kaur, DO, Primary, said she had nothing to do with the appointments. The recruitments were made under the Zila Parishad and the ADC (D). “It is their decision not mine”, she added.



Teachers present models
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 4
Teachers of various government schools in the district, attending a 10-day programme on “Education for all”, presented various models prepared by them at Government Senior Secondary School, Doraha, during the course of the programme.

According to Ms Daljit Kaur, Principal of the school, “Teachers presented their working and still models relating to their subjects during the programme initiated by the Punjab Government.

An exhibition was organised for the purpose. The exhibition was scrutinised by a team of judges.

In the category of still models, the model of Mr Harjinder Pal Singh Kaddon, Mr Baljit Singh Begowal and Ms Gurbinder Kaur of Buani secured the first, second and third positions, respectively.

Similarly, in the category of working models, Ms Jasvir Kaur of Kubba School, Ms Pal Rani of Rampur School and Ms Davinder Kaur of Lal Kalan School secured the first, second and third positions, respectively.

The charts of Charandeep of Buani, Harjinder Kaur of Kaddon and Bipandeep Kaur of Chamraudi were adjudged first, second and third, respectively. The teachers were awarded prizes by the group leader, Mr Jagdev Singh, and resource persons, including Mr Satinderpal Singh, Ms Harpreet Kaur, Ms Balwinder Kaur, Mr Manjinder Gill, Mr Surinder Singh and Mr Parminder Singh.

On the concluding day, the teachers displayed their talent by presenting various items to entertain the guests.

Speaking the occasion, Ms Daljit Kaur, Principal of the school, thanked the teachers for their in making the programme a success. Mr Jagdev Singh expressed his gratitude towards the teachers for sharing value-based education. 



Khalsa college students do well
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, July 4
The students of BA-III class of Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College for Women, Jhar Sahib, performed well in the annual examination-2006. As per the college principal Dr Mrs Paramjit Kaur Tiwana, the college result remained 100 per cent. More than 45 per cent students passed in Ist division while remaining students passed in high second divisions.

Miss Jasmeen Kaur got first position in the college. New subjects of music (V), elective English, computer science for BA classes and one year post graduate diploma in computer applications have been introduced.


Doctor raises the alarm on heart diseases
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
Heart diseases are assuming epidemic proportions in the country and as per a World Health Organisation report, by 2010 some 60 per cent of the total heart patients in the world will be Indians.

These startling observations were made by a renowned cardiac surgeon, Dr H.S. Bedi, while addressing a seminar on heart diseases, organised by the Ludhiana Citizens Council (LCC) here last evening.

Dr Bedi remarked that stressful working conditions and tension of fast-track life, coupled with an imbalanced diet, were major risk factors that led to cardiac diseases. In the northern region, the industrial capital of the state (Ludhiana) happened to be the worst affected with an ever increasing number of heart patients due to people accustomed to a rich diet, junk food and a lethargic lifestyle.

The pioneer of heart surgery and more than 6,000 cardiac bypass operations under his hand, Dr Bedi advised the city population to adopt a healthier lifestyle, take a balanced diet and stick to a regimen of regular exercise to keep diseases at bay.

Dr Bedi, who is chief of cardiac surgery at Ludhiana Mediciti Hospital here, responded positively to the suggestion for holding awareness camps on healthy heart, jointly with the LCC on a regular basis.

Prominent among others present at the function were Mr Darshan Arora, chairman, Mr Ashok Juneja, secretary-general, Mr Sunil Parbhakar, patron, and Mr K.S. Kelly, president of the LCC.



Transplant Olympics in October
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 4
The city will host the 2006 edition of Transplant Games as the 19th All India Transplant Games as well as SAARC Transplant Olympics. The events are being organised to promote organ donation by increasing the awareness of the success of transplantation.

This was stated here today by Dr B.S. Aulakh, Professor, Department of Renal Transplant and Urology at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), who is the chief organiser of these events.

Transplant nationals and SAARC Transplant Olympics, a two-day athletic and other sports competitions among recipients of organ transplants, will be held on at Guru Nanak Stadium here on October 27 and 28 under the aegis of All-India Transplant Games Federation, the Society for Constructive Education (NGO) and the DMCH.

According to Dr Aulakh, competitions will be open to anyone who had received a life-saving solid organ transplants like heart, liver, kidney, lung, pancreas or cornea. Bone marrow recipients would also be eligible to participate. Competitors in these games were expected from SAARC countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, besides host India.

"The competitors, in these games, are unique in a sense that each one of them is alive as a result of successful organ transplant. The only requirement for participating in these games is that competitors must be medically fit with no significant complications of chronic organ failure or immuno-suppressive therapy. Anyone from 4 to 80 age group, who has received a life-support organ transplant more than one year, before the games is eligible to participate. The competitors in these games will demonstrate the level of health and vitality that can be achieved after transplantation."

Various track and field events like relay race, badminton, tennis, table tennis, discuss throw, javelin, shot put and swimming will be organised for the participants. It will be heartening to see all the winners - excited and full of enthusiasm, even though every single transplant recipient, who participated, will be worthy of a medal. According to Dr J.S. Sandhu, Professor of Nephrology at the DMCH, the main idea behind organising these games was to promote the concept of improving organ donation by showing the public that organ transplant recipients were able to lead a full and active life and even compete in sporting activity, demonstrating their fitness and return to a normal life.



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