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PCTE improves its rank
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 11
The Punjab College of Technical Education has been ranked 36th among top 50 private B-Schools of India and best B-School of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Rajasthan by the Outlook survey 2006. PCTE has scored 455.3 marks in the survey. This is consecutively for the third year in a row when the PCTE has been declared best in Punjab, HP, Jand K with Rajasthan joining the list, this year.

In the 2004 Outlook survey, PCTE was ranked 44th among top 50-B-Schools of India and in the 2005 survey, it was ranked 40th among the top 50 B-Schools of India and Best in Punjab, HP and J&K.

This year, the PCTE has moved three ranks up in the list. The survey was based on parameters like intellectual capital, placement performance, industry interface, infrastructural facilities, international linkages and recruiters satisfaction.

Major highlights of this survey were that the PCTE had scored more than IIM- Kozhikode and IIM-Indore in international linkages and had been ranked among the top institutes of India in international linkages. The PCTE got the approximately 6 per cent increase in the placement performance score as compared to last year. This year also, the PCTE achieved 100 per cent placements with an average package of Rs 2.89 lakh.

While congratulating the faculty members and students, Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director PCTE, reiterated, “In the last three years, the PCTE has signed academic collaborations with eight management institutes/university in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the UK”, he said.



Quiz contest on commerce at GNN College 
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 11
The commerce and Economics Association of GNN College organised a quiz contest for commerce and economics students here today. A preliminary written test was conducted for the selection of participants for the contest. Nearly 100 students appeared in the test, out of whom 12 were selected for the contest. The students were divided into four teams — A, B, C and D.

The contest comprised four rounds on topics like business laws, accounting concepts and business management, current affairs and general knowledge.

Prof Ranjeet Kaur, lecturer in Commerce Department, welcome the guests. The stage was conducted by Ritu Anand, and Ruchi. The contest was won by team A, which comprised Deepak Sood, Ramandeep Kaur and Karamat Ali. Team C comprising Gurdeep Kaur, Harpreet Singh and Rohit. came second. Team B in which Paramjot Kaur, Varun Kumar and Ramandeep Kaur participated finished third. Prof Gursharanjit Singh, Head of Commerce Department, announced the results.

Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, college director, stressed the need for greater participation of students in such contests. Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, Principal, shared his views with students and congratulated the winners. Those present on the occasion included Balpreet Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Navjot Singh and Sarvjeet Kaur.



Education staff rally at Patiala today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 11
The Joint Action Committee of Punjab and Chandigarh will hold a protest rally at Patiala tomorrow. Mr D.P. Mour, president of the PAU Employees' Union, and a senior leader of the Universities and Education Board Employees Federation, Punjab and Chandigarh, while appealing to the employees of Punjab to join in large number, said the Congress government had not fulfilled its promises which were made during the last election in February 2002 and there was unrest among the employees.

Mr Mour said their demands were promotional scale, release of bonus, increase of medical allowance up to 1000, commutation of pension, regularisation of daily wage workers, and adhoc employees, release of grants of PAU on which a cut had been imposed, an interim relief of Rs 2000 and 12 per cent interest on GPF fund.



From Schools and Colleges 
Problems of adolescents discussed
Our Correspondent

Aditi Malhotra and Gagandeep Kaur of MSC final year who have topped the district by securing the fifth position in the Panjab University
Aditi Malhotra and Gagandeep Kaur of MSC (IT) final year who have topped the district by securing the fifth position in the Panjab University.

Ludhiana, September 11
The psychology and sociology departments of Khalsa College held a discussion on “Problems of adolescence” here today.
Students presented papers on various social, psychological and emotional problems being faced by adolescents.

The audience was invited to participate and many students made an extempore analysis of their experiences during adolescence and put forward their problems in this period.

Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, Principal, encouraged the students to shape up their lives constructively during this period.

Hindi week: Hindi week was celebrated in BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh road, from September 1 to 9. Students from Class I to XII participated in various contests.

The chief guests on the occasion were Mr S.K. Mehta and Mr S.D. Kalia. Winners in different activities were awarded with cash prizes and trophies.

Cultural fest: A colourful variety programme was organised by the science club of Arya College here on Sunday.

Students of the science faculty put up a show wherein their talent in song, dance and stage management were on display. The students also expressed their views on various subjects, including reservation in higher education and drug abuse.

Dr S.M. Sharma, Principal, addressed the students. He said he was impressed and satisfied with the enthusiasm and initiative taken by students.

Prof Sushma Sood, in charge of the science club, said: The function was organised to welcome the freshers and to give the students a chance to explore their artistic and organisational skills.”

Scholarships and cash prizes were also distributed among winners.

Varsity toppers: Mudita Sharma of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, stood third in Panjab University in MA I (sociology) by scoring 68 per cent marks. Kulwinder Kaur and Jasmeet Kaur got fifth and eighth positions by getting 66 per cent and 65 per cent marks, respectively.

Aditi Malhotra and Gagandeep Kaur of MSC (IT) final year have got fifth position in the university. Both scored 1,436 marks out of 1,600.

Seminar: Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, in association with the Punjab Cultural and Social welfare Organisation is organising a seminar at Baba Gurmukh Singh Hall here on Tuesday. The topic of the seminar is “Teacher-student relationship: present scenario”.

Mr Kuldip Nayyar, a well known journalist, will be the chief guest. Mr Satnam Mank, Dr S.S. Dusanjh, Dr Inderpal Singh, Dr Ravinder Kaur and Mr Amarjit Singh Chawla will be the resource persons.

Lecture: A seminar on “Mutual fund investments” was organised in the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Doraha, on Monday.

The presentation was made under the guidance of Prof V.J. Rai and Ms Chandanpreet Kaur. Mr Mandeep Singh addressed MBA students.

Mr Sukhpal Singh, chairman of the institute, Dr R.K. Lekhi, director, Mr Japvir Singh, chief coordinator, and Prof Supreet Kaur were present, among others.

Mr Sukhpal Singh encouraged the students to regularly participate in such practical events to explore their knowledge and to give equal importance to the practical aspects.

All students were divided into different group of investors. A discussion was held among them about the investments through mutual funds.



College students examined

Ludhiana, September 11
Nearly 400 students of the Khalsa College for Women were examined for dental and eye diseases by a team of doctors and supporting staff from Gurdev Hospital at a medical check-up camp on the college campus here yesterday.

Dr Neeraj Arora, eye specialist and Dr Ramanpreet, dental surgeon, advised the students not to neglect even minor problems of the eyes or teeth since these could develop into serious conditions in the absence of timely treatment.

The common problems detected during the medical check-up were refractive errors, conjunctivitis and dryness of eyes while many students were found to be suffering from dental caries and periodontal disorders of the teeth.

Dr Varinder Kaur Thind, Principal of the college, expressed her gratitude to the team of doctors for organising the medical camp and educating the students about care of the eyes and teeth. OC



18 girls attend mehandi course
Our Correspondent

Samrala, September 11
A five-day training course on mehandi application, organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samrala, of Punjab Agricultural University, concluded here today.
Dr J.S. Chandi, Deputy Director (Training), said 18 girls were trained on different styles of mehandi.

He said the kendra would organise a three-day training on mushroom cultivation from September 26 here.

On this occasion, experts from PAU will share their views on the mushroom cultivation. He appealed to the farmers to participate in the training course so that they could adopt mushroom cultivation as allied occupation.



Mobile dealer told to compensate consumer
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 11
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the owner of Mobile Super Market, Malhar Cinema Road, here to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation on account of deficiency in services, along with Rs 1,000 as costs to the aggrieved consumer.

The orders were pronounced by Mr A .S. Narula, president of the forum, and its members, Mr Daljit Singh Bakshi, Ms Pooja Dewan while deciding the complaint filed by Dr Paramita of CMC and Hospital Ludhiana.

It was submitted by the complainant that she had purchased a mobile phone of Nokia-6220 from the dealer on October 2, 2004, for Rs 11,200. It was asserted that after using the set it was found that it was old one. The set was used before its purchase.

The set was returned to Mr Sandeep of dealer and he told the complainant that the new set would be provided. But after 10 days the old set was returned. It was assured that the new set would be provided after getting the same from company, further added the consumer.

On the other hand, the Nokia India Pvt. Ltd refuted the allegations of the consumer terming the same as baseless. However, the compromise was effected between the consumer and the company. The company paid the price of the handset after receiving back the handset. Though the owner of the shop failed to contest the case despite being served notice by the forum.

After appreciating the evidence on record, the forum observed that there was deficiency in services as the dealer had sold the used set to the consumer, when the price of new set was taken. 


Need to screen people for hepatitis C felt
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 11
An estimated 150-200 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C. There is no vaccine available against this viral disease caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV) and prevention is the only solution. The need for screening the general population to detect cases of hepatitis C is important.

This was stated by Dr Gursaran Sidhu, chief physician of Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, yesterday while addressing a session on the ‘Rising incidence of hepatitis C’. The session was organised by the local branch of Indian Medical Association under the chairmanship of Dr Rajoo Singh Chinna, Professor and Head, Department of Gastroenterology at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Speaking about the prevalence, transmission and treatment of hepatitis C, Dr Sidhu observed that the incidence of the disease was on the rise worldwide, and especially in India. She said the condition was a blood-borne, infectious and viral disease. The infection could cause liver inflammation that was often asymptomatic, but ensuing chronic hepatitis could lead to cirrhosis or even liver cancer.

“The HCV is spread by blood-to-blood contact with an infected person’s blood. Many people with the HCV infection have no symptoms and are unaware of the need to seek treatment. Current standard of care treatment is a combination of (pegylated) interferon alpha and the anti-viral drug ribavirin for a period of 24 or 48 weeks, which costs around Rs 2 lakh. In other words, the treatment modality is beyond the reach of majority of the victims.



35 units blood collected for thalassaemics
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 11
The JCI Ludhiana Central organised a blood donation camp for thalassemic patients at Nav Durga Charitable Hospital here on Sunday in which a team of doctors from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital collected 35 units of blood.

Mr Mahesh Arora while inaugurating the camp emphasised upon the people to come forward for blood donation at regular intervals and lend a helping hand to critically ill persons, as also victims of blood diseases, who needed blood transfusion regularly.

Among others, Ms Jyotsna Mittal, Mr Madhu Sudan, president and secretary, respectively, of the club, Ms Sonika Ahuja, Mr Rahul Ahuja, Mr Yogesh Bhanot and Mr Ankur Ghai were present at the occasion.



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