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Foreign students find studies cheap in India
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, August 23
Students from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Mozambique feel that they were attracted towards India as the studies and the faculty here were not only good but also the education was cheap compared to their own countries. Eight students and three faculty members from Kenya and the UK have taken admission in the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), Baddowal, here this session.

These students have been pursuing their careers in BBA and BCA courses. Sharing their thoughts about Indian values, they felt that the country had strong roots, moreover it was a close-adopted society.

Ms Gurpreet Kaur, one of the faculty members teaching organisational and multi behaviour to students at the PCTE said though she was the third Indian generation settled in the UK, it was the values and culture of the country that had attracted her to stay here for sometime.

“The country (India) is very different from what we were told. I am 23 years of age and my parents expect me to get married soon, but here in India, I have found that girls are working and are getting married at the age of 28-29 years. Even their parents are not compelling them to get married soon. It is so good” , she said.

She was disturbed to see disparity between the girls and boys in India. She was allowed to go anywhere with her friends as she found herself safe in the UK, but in India it was not possible, Ms Gurpreet said.

Another faculty member from Kenya, Mr Boaz, who teaches communication at the PCTE, considers India as his second home. “Except for the spicy food here, everything else in India is just fantastic. The Indians are both good people and friends”, he said.

The students who have joined BBA recently are Kudzai from Zimbabwe, Rwechungura Seriaris, Mukurasi Smachus, Sarah from Tanzania and Masanjuo Calvin from Rwanda. Three students who have joined BCA are Carlos Woytyla from Mozambique, Ummi from Rwanda and Phaneuel Tendai from Zimbabwe.

They got admission at the PCTE through the Internet. Ummi and Masanjuo, twin sisters from Rwanda, said education was cheap in the country and they were advised by their Professor father to join the PCTE.

When asked about their braided hair style, Masanjuo said it took at least seven to eight hours to make it. “I usually keep the hair style for at least two months. And we get the hair bath once a week like this only”, she added.

Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director of the PCTE, said presence of foreign students and faculty on the campus encouraged them to be more competent and efficient. Moreover, the Indian students got an opportunity to grow in multi-coloured environment and learn so many things from each other.



Creative craft contest
Our Correspondent

Students participate in the International Creative Craft Contest at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Students participate in the International Creative Craft Contest at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, August 23
The International Creative Craft Contest 2006 (ICCC), an initiative by Pidilite Industries conceptualised with the aim of recognising and rewarding excellence in arts and crafts, began at BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, here today with fanfare and enthusiasm. More than 5,000 schools are participating in the ICCC across India.

The school-level rounds in India commenced today. Students seemed keen to display their creativity on sheets of paper.

The ICCC will be held at four levels. It starts from august 22-25, at the school level, which will be followed by the city level on August 31 and the zonal level from September 15 to October 8, in various cities. The Mega Final will be held from Dec 16 to 26, 2006 in Mumbai.

The contest is being organised in 42 cities across India and four international locations — the UAE, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

The international craft champion will get an opportunity to visit an international location.



From Colleges
Daizy adjudged Miss Teej
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 23
Teej was celebrated at Arya College here today. The college bore a festive look on the occasion. Around 15 stalls were put up by students. They also participated in various cultural activities.

Ms Priya Sharma, in charge, appreciated the efforts of Ms Suksham Ahluwalia and students for making the programme a success. Ms Teej contest was also held in which Daizy was adjudged Miss Teej. Ms Monika remained the first runner-up while Ms Deepika was declared second runner-up.

Extension lecture

An extension lecture was organised by the PG Department of Commerce and Management of Kamla Lohtia SD College here on Tuesday.

Two eminent educationists were invited to deliver the lecture. Dr S.P. Singh, former Dean and Chairman, UBS, Panjab University, Chandigarh, spoke on “The new corporate world”. He discussed various factors impacting the industry and gave examples of big companies of the USA and Europe for setting up their research, design and development centres in India.

Dr A.K. Saihjpal, Dean, Faculty of Business Management, Panjab University, Chandigarh, spoke on “Prediction of business failures”. He highlighted the causes of business failures in the Indian industry, and explained about remedial measures to avoid this.

Prof Rajesh Marwaha, Head of the Commerce Department, welcomed the guests. The Principal, Dr Vijay Asdhir, and Dr D.V. Jindal thanked experts and honoured them with mementoes.

Prominent educationists Prof V.P. Gaur, Dr S.B. Singh and other faculty members of the Commerce Department were present on the occasion.

Inter-class contest

The Aakriti Club, formed by students of the Fine Arts and Home Science Departments of Ramgarhia Girls College, organised an inter-class competition in various categories on Wednesday.

B.Com, BCA and arts students participated in events like mehandi designing and collage making. They also participated in still life, landscape, pottery, rangoli, calligraphy, knitting, crocheting etc.

Students also participated in embroidery contest of many types like phulkari, bagh and dasuti. The Principal of the college, Ms Harmit Kaur, appreciated the efforts of students on the occasion.


A seminar on “The role of youth to curb drug menace in society” was held in the Nihang Shamsher Singh hall of Sadhar College in collaboration with the Guru Nanak Charitable Trust, Mullanpur.

Seven teams from various colleges participated in it. Dr S.S. Johal, Deputy Chairman, Punjab State Planning Board, presided over the function, while Mr R.K. Jaiswal, SSP, Jagraon, and Mr Ramandeep Singh, hockey Olympian, were the guests of honour.

Mr M.S. Khattra, Director, welcomed the guests and introduced them to the audience. The winners were given cash prizes by the college and the Guru Nanak Charitable Trust.

Navneet Kaur of the GHG Khalsa College of Pharmacy, Gurusar Sadhar, won the contest. Dr Johal said intoxicants were adversely affecting society. Criminal activities were becoming the order of the day. Mr Jaiswal asked all sections to join hands to fight the menace.

Mr Ramandeep Singh said drugs were also affecting sportspersons. Determination was the key to tackle the problem, he added. An interactive session followed in which questions of students were answered by Dr A.S. Deol.

Prof Bawa Singh summed up the whole discussion that concrete efforts should be made by one and all to tackle the situation. The college Principal, Mr Surinder Singh, extended a vote of thanks.



Ponga Piri students celebrate Teej
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Teej being celebrated at the Swami Ponga Piri College for Women, Raikot, on Tuesday.
Teej being celebrated at the Swami Ponga Piri College for Women, Raikot, on Tuesday.

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 23
‘Teej’ was celebrated in Swami Ponga Piri College for Women, Raikot, yesterday. Swings, spinning wheels, Punjabi kitchen fare, folk songs and dances, an exhibition depicting Punjabi heritage were part of the festival.

The Principal, Dr (Ms) Sawita Uppal, and other members of the staff also participated in the Teej festival. The chief guest was Ms Durga, wife of the Raikot SDM.

The inaugural ceremony was performed by Ms Harpreet Kaur (USA). The rural carnival was presided over by Ms Varinder Kaur and Ms Parneet Kaur Dhillon, wife of Raikot Tehsildar.

A student Mandeep Kaur was declared Ms Teej. The title of ‘Gidhian Dee Rani’ was bagged by Ms Jaspreet; ‘Cuckoo of Teej’ by Gurpreet , ‘Smile of Teej’ by Anju Savi and title of ‘unique Punjabi courage’ went to Amanpreet.

“Nakhrili Panjaban” title went to Ms Kulwinder and ‘Suhyachar Dee Rani’ to Swinki Kaura.

Village women participated in the spinning wheel competition. Bhupinder Kaur of Nathowal village was awarded the first prize.



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