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PAU makes NET mandatory for teaching posts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
PAU Academic Council today made National Eligibility Test (NET) mandatory for appointment as Assistant Professor or equivalent for Ph.D. students. NET clearance will now be an essential qualification for recruitment at this level. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. K.S. Aulakh, chaired the meeting of the council.

This matter was considered by the council in the light of a communication received from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The communication had said that ICAR would not give any exemption from the requirement of NET to Ph.D and M. Phil degree holders so as to maintain “standards of agriculture education”.

In fact, ICAR disagreed with the University Grants Commission (UGC) decision on exemption from NET to Ph.D. and M. Phil degree holders. Henceforth, NET will be an essential qualification for recruitment to the post of Assistant Professor/Lecturer or equivalent at PAU.

According to the Registrar, Dr V.K. Sharma, the council has also approved award of medals and scholarship. Bhai Bal Mukand Medal, 2005-06, has been awarded to Meenakshi Ahuja, a student of M.Sc. (physics) in the College of Basic Sciences and Humanities. The eligibility criteria for award of medal is “it shall be awarded to a student who has obtained a minimum overall credit point average (OCPA) of 8 out of 10 in a master’s programme”.

Meenakshi Ahuja had completed her M.Sc. programme in five continuous semesters with viva-voce examination in the sixth semester with the highest OCPA: 9.04 out of 10.

The Academic Council also approved the name of Shreya Bhardwaj, a student of MBA, for the award of Lala Shri Ram Ji Medal, 2005-06.

Dr Sharma said the council has approved the institution of ‘Sardar Kartar Singh Mudhar Scholarship’ to be awarded every year to a B.Sc. Agri. (Hons) fourth year student with “rural background”. The condition is that the student must have obtained highest OCPA at the end of third year of B.Sc. Agri. (Hons) programme. But OCPA should not be less than 7 out of 10. The scholarship amount is Rs 1,000 per month.

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35 sewer cleaning machines go missing
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Thirtyfive sewer cleaning machines, which were lying unused due to various manufacturing defects, have gone missing from the places where these were dumped. These machines were worth Rs 50 lakh.

Bought at a price of Rs 1.35 lakh each, these machines had been lying dumped in various wards since last year. There are rumours that the parts of these machines have found their way into the scrap market.

The machines were bought around two years ago. Even when new, these did not work properly and several sewer men received injuries while operating these. The machines were discarded without holding any inquiry into the case. There have been allegations that such purchases of functionally unviable machines can take place only with the connivance of senior officials.

Sources said although tenders were invited before buying these machines, there was definitely some hanky panky in the entire process. “Otherwise, how can anybody shell out Rs 50 lakh of public money for buying machines that did not work for a day?” they questioned.

Inquiries by Ludhiana Tribune revealed that within days of the purchase of these machines, sewer men had refused to use these saying that the design of the machine was not useful for cleaning blocked sewerage manholes.

“The sewer-cleaning rod of these machines was not able to take the pressure created by the motor. In many case, the rod broke and parts came flying towards the operator. I know two operators who were hurt while undertaking sewer cleaning,” said a sewer man on the condition of anonymity.

“It was then that we refused to work with these machines. After all we did not want to suffer injuries. Since then, we have been working with old machines that are more sturdy and useful,” he added.

Mr Parvin Bansal, leader of the Opposition in the MC, who raised this matter on the floor, also demanded a fresh inquiry into the purchase. “Responsibility must be fixed. Many skeletons would tumble out of the closet after an inquiry,” he added.

“The machines were dumped in various parks of the city. Later, parts of the machines started going missing. Nobody cared. The public money has literally gone down the drain,” rued Mr Bansal.

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Teachers get flowers, love on their day 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 5
Students of various colleges and schools gave respect to their teachers in the form of cards, chocolates, flowers, cakes, etc on the Teacher’s Day here today. They celebrated the day by presenting various programmes in their respective schools and colleges.

Green Grove School

There was an active participation by both staff and students of the school. Colourful items like dance and songs were presented that added charm to the celebrations. The management felicitated teachers.

Arya College

The representatives of the students delivered lectures on the role of teachers in shaping the personality of students and building the destiny of nations. They also emphasised the fact that the students look upon their teachers as their role models.

Springdale School

The day was celebrated in the school with usual pomp and show. The school was decorated by the students and students of Class XII played teachers and conducted the classes. The students were given lessons on moral education and the importance of discipline in life. On the basis of their teaching skills, they were appreciated and given prizes.

Satyam College

Satyam College of Education, Moga, celebrated the day by organising an extension lecture by Mr V.P. Arora, former Principal, DM College of Education. He spoke on the topic “An efficient teacher and society”. He stressed that a teacher should justify himself by his actions. Students of the college also held a lecture on “Role of the teacher in contemporary society”. A cultural programme was also organised.

Devki Devi Jain College

A cultural programme and modelling show was presented by the students. The Principal of the college, Ms Prem Lata Gupta, advised the students to inculcate moral, social and human values in life. A choreography on the theme of modern teacher-student relationship was presented.

Akal Sahai School

Teachers and students of the school celebrated the day together. A number of students participated in skits, fancy dress competition and a cultural programme. The members of the PTS gave their blessings to the students. The director of the school emphasised that respect for teachers and parents was the need of the hour.

Tagore Public School

The Principal, teachers and students of the school participated with full vigour to make the function successful. Rich tributes were paid to Dr Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan, great philosopher and teacher, for his contribution in the field of education. Gifts were presented to all teachers. Songs, one-minute games, etc were arranged to entertain the teachers.

Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women

Students organised a special function for teachers in which they danced, enacted skits and sang songs. Teachers played a variety of games. A play by director Nirmal Rishi was also staged. The Principal of the college appreciated the efforts of teachers.

Partap College of Education

The present session of the college was also formally inaugurated to mark the day. The students were told about the importance of the day by their Principal J.P. Vij. Professor Vij advised the students to pay respect to their teachers. He said a teacher was a true nation-builder.

Malwa Central College

Malwa Central College of Education for Women celebrated the day by honouring their esteemed teacher Dr D.R. Vij, who shared his valuable and precious thoughts with the students. He asked the students to adopt teaching as their profession. He asked the would-be teachers to help in regaining fast-losing value system and preserving the heritage of the country. He said students had the power to transform society.

Atam Public Senior Secondary School

A grand function was held at the school on the teachers day coinciding with the 124th birth anniversary of Acharya Shri Atma Ram Ji. Devotional songs were sung in praise of the acharya. A skit showing few important events encountered by the Maharaj during his life, which transformed him into a great saint, was depicted by the students. The teachers were advised to follow in the footsteps of both Acharya Atam Ram Ji and the great teacher, Dr Radha Krishnan.

Shivalikwala

Shivalikwala Doon School celebrated the day as teacher orientation and learning programme. Principal of the school Albert guided the teachers about the new changes taking place in education. Teachers also pledged to break the orthodoxy of mindset and adopt the changes for better. The school management presented the teachers with mementos.

GMT College of Education

The Principal of the college congratulated the students for opting teaching as a profession. The students presented various items.

Master Tara Singh Memorial College

Rich tributes were paid to Dr Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan by the Principal, teachers and staff of the school. Both students and teachers extended their sincere greetings and felicitation to the teaching community all over the globe. Dr Sahota, the Principal, said teachers could be role models for the students. He asked all present to make education system more vibrant, responsive and purposeful.

Govt College for Women

The NSS Department of the college organised a function which was presided over by Ms Harjit Kaur, coordinator of NSS unit. Dr Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan contributions in the field of education were highlighted. Ms Harjit Kaur stressed that the NSS was an activity through which teacher student relationships were improved.

Forum for Acclamation of Nation Builders

The forum for Acclamation of National Builders, Punjab, celebrated the day under the guidance of the chairman, Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation, Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal. He emphasised that the youth in the country needed proper guidance by their teachers. He said it was unfortunate that a liquor company had named its brand “Teachers”. Prof M.S. Cheema, an eminent educationist, was awarded “Dr Sher Singh Memorial Award”.

Sat Paul Mittal

The students showed their gratitude to their teachers whom they loved and adored by their hearts. Lieut-Col D.B. Sharma welcomed the teachers. He said competent and effective teachers were the keys to a strong system of education. He gave the students some important tips that would help them to become great teachers.

Alpine International School

The students and teachers of Alpine International School and Disney Land School celebrated the day with all zeal and enthusiasm. There was a magnificent show comprising various items by the students. Dances, songs and the skits were presented by them to entertain the teachers. The students gave cards, flowers, gifts to the teachers.

Sacred Heart Sen. Sec. School

Celebrations and felicitation rocked the campus of the school. The programme started with homage to Mother Teresa, who began serving society as a teacher and became a source of inspiration for all students. Students presented a mesmerising show to honour their teachers. They recited poems, enacted a play and even danced.

New Senior Sec. School

New Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, celebrated presented their teachers with cards, bouquets and sweets. They went round the school uttering “Happy Teacher’s Day”. A function was organised comprising various competitions, including a calligraphy, painting and inter-class competitions.

BCM College of Education

Dr Khushvinder Kurnar, Principal of the college, welcomed all guests to the function marking the day. Mr M.C. Munjal, MD, Hero Majestic, presided over the function. Mr Munjal extended his heartiest felicitations to entire teacher community. Mr M.R. Mehta, a national award recipient, was the guest speaker. He delivered an inspirational lecture.

Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology

The Department of Business Administration held a function in the conference hall of the college. The future managers planned a very graceful party for the faculty members to remember Dr Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan. The function was initiated with an introductory speech by Sumeet of third semester giving the importance of the day and the teachers in their lives. She enlightened the students about the origin of this day after the birthday of Dr Krishnan. The teachers were presented with gifts.

KVM honours teachers

The school managing committee of Kundan Vidya Mandir organised a small program to felicitate its teachers. A language lab was inaugurated by Mr M.P. Gupta, president of the Shri Kundan Lal Trust. Teachers and students had a great time while watching a cultural programme presented by the students. Appreciation awards and punctuality and regularity awards were given to many teachers.

GNNC, Doraha

Doraha: The management, Principal, staff and students of Guru Nanak National College here celebrated the day with great fervour.

Prof Balwant Singh Pangali, general secretary of the college management committee, said: “The entire teaching community needs to be congratulated on this grand day. The role of teachers as a friend, philosopher and guide has assumed all the more importance in the changing scenario”. Mr J.S. Gill, director of the college, Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, Principal of college, also spoke. Prof Rajpreet Kaur, Lecturer in Punjabi, recited a poem.

Sacred Heart Convent

Sahnewal: At Sacred Heart Convent School, Majara Road, here, Father Hormise Nirmal Raj paid rich tributes to Dr Sarvpalli Radhakrishnan. He said the teachers should earnestly awaken the interest of the students through illustrative examples. He said teachers being role models for students, should realise their moral responsibility towards them.

Sister Jossey, Principal of the school, said the world could become a better place to live in if the teachers performed their duty earnestly. A cultural programme was presented by the teachers and the its main attractions were songs, dances and amusement games. The teachers were honoured with gifts by the management of the school.

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Inspector disobeys court orders
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, September 5
A police inspector posted at police station Jagraon has refused to obey the orders of a local court. According to the information Inspector Prem Singh, posted at police station, Sadar, Jagraon intercepted a Qualis (PB-29E-8182) on August 18, while it was on its way from Ludhiana to Moga and registered a DDR No. 29 on the same day. He also seized Rs 13,39,000 from the occupants.

Aggrieved with the act of the said police inspector, Rajinder Singh of Daudhar village, district Moga, moved an application to the court of Ms Jatinder Walia Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate Jagraon for the release of the vehicle and the release of the amount to the applicants.

The Magistrate called for a report from the police who issued no objection certificate. The court on August 30 then ordered for the release of the same. The police did not deliver the vehicle and the amount and called the applicants on August 31 but even then did not deliver.

The applicants moved another application against the said police inspector on August 31 and then again on September 2, with regard to the flouting of the court’s orders.

On the notice, the state filed a reply referring to a letter no. T/1/17/CP/JL/06 CEO (BS/9815) dated August 31, of Directorate of Enforcement, Government of India, Jalandhar where in the police was directed to not to release the vehicle and sought time from the court to discuss the matter. Until today nothing has been delivered to the applicants despite the certificate from the bank about the withdrawal of Rs 12 lakh on the said date.

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City boy bags Felix Scholarship
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, September 5
Rahul Sood, a city boy, has bagged the prestigious Felix Scholarship that will enable him to study the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme at Oxford University, UK.

Rahul is the only Indian to have qualified for the prestigious fellowship in the current academic session. The competition was quite tough and open to the students world over. An upbeat Rahul told the Ludhiana Tribune over phone from Delhi that it was a dream come true to study at Oxford.

The Felix Scholarship covers payment of both university and college fees, together with a maintenance grant and allowances. The scholarship also covers a return airfare between India and Britain. It is for one academic year.

Rahul’s parents and sisters feel proud of him. Mallika, his sister, said Rahul had always been very serious about his career. He did his schooling from Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, and Engineering from the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala.

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COMMUNITY
 

Time city had a metro council
K. S. Chawla

Ludhiana, September 5
The proposal to have a Ludhiana development authority was mooted in the 70s. However, it was shelved with the formation of PUDA, which has “failed” in serving the needs of the town.

Towns with smaller population and industry and business potential have development authorities in Uttar Pradesh and even in Punjab. Ludhiana needs a comprehensive master plan for the next 50 years.

The city has been described as the most polluted and the dirtiest. Dr B. D. Pandey, who was the Governor of Punjab in 1984, had described Ludhiana as the “dirtiest town” of Punjab.

Functionaries of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation have been claiming that the MC is the richest corporation in Punjab and brag of winning prizes from international agencies. However, they have not bothered to check the onslaught on the pollution front. Ludhiana suffers from all three pollutions — air, ground water and noise. An environment cell was created in Ludhiana under the chairmanship of the late Bharpur Singh Grewal, who was the Chief Town Planner of Punjab during the tenure of Giani Zail Singh as Chief Minister.

This environment cell had done a yeoman service and prepared a consolidated report for the development of the city. However, no action ha been taken on this report.

This cell had also prepared a traffic development plan for Ludhiana and the services of a traffic expert from Mumbai, Dr Deshpandey, were requisitioned.

The MC authorities should have taken action on the construction of solid waste treatment plants on priority to check pollution of ground water. Ludhiana suffers from gastro-malaria, typhoid and other ailments connected with water-borne diseases.

A Ludhiana action plan was prepared under the chairmanship of Mr R. S. Mann, Chief Secretary during the tenure of Mr Parkash Singh Badal as Chief Minister. The targets of this action plan were taken up by Dr S. S. Sandhu as Commissioner of the MC but the same were given the go-by during the past four years.

The Sutlej Action Plan should have been completed long time ago. However, the same is still hanging fire.

The city plan should have a Budda Nullah action plan to save this town from the outbreak of some kind of epidemic.

The city is witnessing construction of a large number of malls and multiplexes, which reportedly do not have proper safety measures. There are no satisfactory arrangements for parking of vehicles with these malls. The authorities must ensure proper parking arrangements in these malls.

The municipal authorities should take steps for the early completion of ongoing projects like the railway overbridge at the Dhandari railway crossing and Lakkar Da Pull on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar rail track.

The construction of unauthorised residential colonies on the periphery of the city should be checked.

The Ludhiana Improvement Trust should be disbanded as it has not made any fruitful contribution to the development of the city for more than a decade. Corruption is rampant in the Trust.

The city development plan does not speak about strengthening the automatic electric traffic signals. No new traffic signals have been installed after 1999. This aspect also needs immediate attention.

Ludhiana needs a metropolitan council and the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation should be elevated for the purpose. The city fulfils all basic qualifications for the grant of such a status. Under the norms for a metropolitan status, the city needs to have a population of more than 10 lakh and the annual budget of the MC should be more than Rs 100 crore.

(Concluded)

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Mann to oppose Vande Matram yatra

Ludhiana, September 5
SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann today said his party would oppose the BJP’s proposed Vande Matram Yatra in Punjab. He said his party would not allow the “imposition of Hindutva” in schools.

Addressing a press conference here, he said the Congress and the BJP were hand in glove. He said forcing the schoolchildren to recite Vande Mataram on September 7 was nothing short of forcible imposition of Hindutva in schools.

He said leaders would go to schools and ensure that no child was forced to sing Vande Mataram. He said the move was part of the great Hindutva agenda of the BJP and the Congress. — TNS

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Tributes paid to RSS leader
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
Tributes were paid to Mitter Sen, a senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader, who passed away recently.

Prominent among those who attended the function were the SGPC president, Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, the Punjab RSS chief, Mr Brij Bhushan Singh Bedi, a former MP, Lala Lajpat Rai, a former minister, Mr Balramji Dass Tandon, Mr Manoranjan Kalia, and an industrialist, Mr Om Prakash Munjal.

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CRIME
 

Cop among 4 booked for encroachment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
The Machhiwara police has booked Chet Singh, a police personal, and three others of Chak Lohat village for encroaching upon a passage leading to the land of Karnail Singh of the same village. A case has been registered under Sections 447 and 34 of the IPC.

According to information, Karnail Singh purchased a piece of land measuring 2.5 kanal from Swaran Singh. Swaran’s brothers were, however, not prepared to leave the passage as approach to his land.

The Assistant Collector, in his judgement on June 7, 2005, advised for allowing the passage. Subsequently, the “patwari” also gave markings for the same.

But the opposite group was adamant on blocking the approach. Chet Singh blocked it by excavating the foundations and raising construction up to plinth level there.

Scorpio stolen

A Scorpio vehicle (PB 10BP-9119) was allegedly stolen from the Block C of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar on Sunday evening. An FIR has been registered at the Sarabha Nagar police station.

According to Sanjeev Gupta, the vehicle was registered in the name of the SG Capital Services. He said it was parked outside his residence in BRS Nagar when it was stolen.

Dowry case

Jagraon
The Dehlon police has booked Jaswinder Singh, Tej Kaur, Rajwinder Singh and Ajaib Singh of Guram, Sangrur district, on the charge of demanding dowry from Kuldeep Kaur of Dhurkot and subjecting her to cruelty. The police has registered a case under Section 498-A , 406 and 34 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far. — OC

killed in accident: Tarsem Singh of Bhode district Jalandhar was killed in an accident between a Mahindra vehicle (No-PB 10 BQ-1626) and a motor cycle (PB 37C-4453) in the Khurshaidpur area. Three persons, Raj Kaur, Sukhwinder Singh and Jaswinder Singh, were injured in the accident. They were taken to the Civil Hospital, Sidhwan Bet. A case has been registered under Section 304-A, 427 and 337 of the IPC against Udey Raj of Kotla Bahadur Ganj (Uttar Pradesh) and arrested him. — OC

4 booked for cheating: The Raikot police has registered a case under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC against Manjit Singh, Balwinder Singh, Surjit Singh and Davinder Singh for duping Sukhcharan Singh of Raikot of Rs 5.25 lakh. The accused had taken money from the complainant on the promise of supplying soft drinks. But the accused never supplied soft drinks nor returned the money. No arrest has been made so far. — OC

14 booked for assault: In two separate cases of assault, 14 persons have been booked by Jagraon and Sidhwan Bet police. In the first incident, Jit Singh, Ravi Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Pritpal Sindh and Mander Singh of Sheikh Daulat have been booked by Sidhwan Bet police for allegedly entering the house of Bhawandeep Singh of their village and assaulting him and Lakhvir Singh with sticks and sharp-edged weapons. In the other incident, the Jagraon police booked Lallu, Tellu, Nella, Bholla, Ghouna, Balwinder, Binder, Raja, Umra Singh and Charna of Bhammipura for allegedly intercepting Baljit Singh of Chemma and assaulting him with “kirch” and sticks. Separated cases have been registered. — OC

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Man found murdered
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 5
The Sadar police found the body of a middle-aged unidentified labourer from Dulley village near Alamgir this morning. The labourer was brutally murdered as the police found eight deep stab wounds on the upper part of his body.

The SHO Sadar police station, Inspector Sandeep Wadhera, said the on the basis of certain marks found on the body and a locket bearing number 786 worn around the neck, the labourer seems to be a Muslim aged around 37 -38.

He said the preliminary investigation suggested the man was murdered elsewhere and his body was dumped there later. This assessment was based on the theory that no signs or not much blood was found on the spot where the body was lying.

The police was suspecting that the deceased could have been murdered after some brawl with his friends. The deceased also seemed to have consumed liquor.

The body was found on the farm of Mr Darshan Singh, a farmer. The police has registered a case of murder against unknown persons.

The police was trying to identify the victim by inquiring from labourers working in farms or brick kilns.

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