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PAU an inspiration for many success stories
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
“Farmer learning from a farmer” is a form of extension communication that has proved effective in spreading knowledge and innovations in modernising agriculture.

Most of the success stories of Punjab farmers have their roots in Punjab Agricultural University, which at one point or another inspired the farmers surge forward with the wherewithal.

This was provided, over the decades, through hundreds of training courses that the PAU organised the year round at Ludhiana as well at its 16 krishi vigyan kendras and six regional research stations across all regions of the state.

Dr S.S. Gill, Director, Extension Education, today said taking a cue from the “farmer to farmer learning” concept, the PAU had set up a Punjab Kisan Club, as also instituted a couple of awards given biannually to progressive and innovative farmers for their pioneering work to gain higher production and remunerative returns through a package of scientific practices.

The practices spanned across agriculture, dairying, horticulture and vegetable cultivation, farm engineering and tips for homemakers.

Since the inception of the concept of kisan melas at the PAU in 1967, the holding of this gathering of the farmers, by the farmers, and for the farmers has paid rich dividends.

The melas spread knowledge and help in rural community development. Besides, the two-day kisan melas at Ludhiana in March and September, regional kisan melas are organised at four places — Gurdaspur, Nawanshahr, Patiala and Bathinda every year.

At the kisan mela, to be inaugurated by Chief Minister at the PAU on September 21, three more farmers would be honoured for their commitment to agricultural development for multiple cropping systems they had adopted and for skills learned to earn more from different farming practices.

Gurmeet Singh Sohi of Nathamalpur village in Ropar district will be presented with “Parvasi Bharti Safal Kisan Purskar-2006”.

Surjit Singh Dhillon, who tills his nine-acre farm with single bullock and has improved two-wheel supported plough, has been selected for “Sardar Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Yadgari Memorial Awara-2006”.

His farm is near the Doraha toll barrier on the Ludhiana-Delhi GT road.

Jagraj Singh of Rao Ke Kalan village in Moga district will be presented with “Ujagar Singh Dhaliwal Purskar-2006”. He has carved a niche for himself in vegetable cultivation.

Dr Gill said there was a common thread among these farmers — at one time or another they were initiated into scientific agriculture after having attended a training course or two at the PAU.

To honour these three farmers and a score of others who have been awarded either the Chief Minister’s Award or other awards, the PAU has published a compilation of their success stories.

This book will be released at the inaugural function of kisan mela on September 21.

Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, said the PAU saluted thousands of unknown Punjab farmers who were the real heroes of India.



Kisan mela to be agro-cultural affair

Ludhiana, September 19
This year the Kisan Mela at Punjab Agricultural University would not be about agriculture alone. It would be both culture and agriculture.

The two-day agricultural fair would also showcase Punjabi culture in coordination with the North Zone Cultural Centre.

Besides the main stage, there would be five mini-stages. Folk dancers, folk singers and other folk artistes would present programmes on the occasion.

On the first day of the mela on September 21, there would be a three- hour cultural extravaganza in the evening. Eminent singers would present traditional Punjabi songs and musical narratives like "Heer' and "Mirza', NZCC sources said.

The stages have been set to a background presenting rural ambience. Artistes and craftsmen are busy giving the finishing touches to the stages. TNS



PAU warning to paddy growers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
Excessive application of water and fertilisers has caused sheath rot and grain discoloration in paddy across Punjab from Gurdaspur to Moga.

Head, Department of Plant Pathology, Dr Satvinder Kaur Mann, attributed sheath rot to certain pathogens and grain discoloration to early rains. This problem that might effect the yield is particularly in the late-sown paddy.

The late-sown crop (after June 15) can be protected from false smut by spraying Blitox at 500 gm/200 litre of water.

Ms Mann said this was a disturbing trend. However, there was no cause for panic. This problem was highlighted at the PAU Kisan Mela at Rauni today.



From Colleges
‘Dukhdey Kaleeray’ portrays desire for foreign land
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 19
A play, “Dukhdey Kaleeray”, directed by Nirmal Rishi was staged in the auditorium of Government College for Women here today.

The play was organised by the Women Forum.

Dr Sarabjot Kaur, Head of the Punjabi Department, gave the introduction of the play to the staff and students of the college.

Thespian Nirmal Rishi portrayed the desire among Punjabi youth to go abroad.

The play presented the pathos of a girl who marries an old man in the hope that he will help her go abroad. The play tries to paint a realistic picture that everything is not rosy in foreign land.

The play was well received by the audience.

Prabhjot Kaur appreciated the efforts of the artistes. “They have painted two pictures (Canada and India). Social evils are same everywhere but they have tackled the problem in their own way. The play was a food for thought for spectators,” she said.


Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) has been awarded grade “A” in the All-India Business Schools Survey-2006 carried out by All-India Management Association (AIMA), New Delhi, recently.

The AIMA had sent a questionnaire to all 1,022 AICTE-approved management institutes in the country in May, 2006. The grading was done on the basis of intellectual capital, admission and placement, infrastructure, industry interface and governance.

The institute was placed 23 in category “A”. It was placed 41st among first 50 business schools in the country.

Declamation contest

A declamation contest was organised by the Science Society of Government College for Women here yesterday. Students spoke on “Nuclear power for tomorrow”, “Biotechnology is palavering health case innovations”, “Removal of Pluto from the planet list”, “Application of blue tooth”, etc.

Principal Prabhjot Kaur presided over the function. Vice-Principal N.K. Sekhon was also present.

Dr Mahinder Kaur, Dr Manju Sahni and Baldev Singh were the adjudicators. Rimmi composed the function. The Principal congratulated the prize winners.

The winners were: first — Harleen; second — Chetna; and third — Rumani. Consolation prize — Amandeep.

Extension lecture

An extension lecture on “Emerging trends in Indian politics” was given by GTB National College, Dakha, former Principal Amarjit Singh Grewal at Political Science Department of the college. It was held under the supervision of Head of the Department S. Bindal.

Mr Grewal expressed concern at the deteriorating political system in the country. This, he said, had been brought about by the fall in national character, criminalisation of politics, monetary considerations, communalism, linguistic differences, etc.

He cited examples from the history of the US, England, Russia, Japan and China.

He said parties played with the sentiments of innocent voters and got Bills passed in Parliament. He advised students to inculcate a feeling of patriotism and develop nationalistic spirit and character.

Dr Veena Maan, Principal, welcomed the guest, while S. Verma thanked Mr Grewal for his views.

Orientation programme

Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology(LCET) organised an orientation programme for college faculty here today.

Dr M.A. Zahir, management academician and former Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, PAU, was the resource person.

Dr J.S. Sohal, Principal, welcomed the guest. Dr Zahir delivered a lecture on the skillful use of knowledge. He said to be successful one should adopt positive attitude.

Quoting Dr Kalam’s words “Dreaming small is crime in India, think big”, he motivated the faculty to adopt a broadened vision along with values and ethics.

Dr Zahir advised the faculty in professional colleges to stress on practical training. Teaching process should be a learning process for students and teachers, he said.

He also highlighted the importance of research work.

Dr Zahir asked teachers to explore project and research potential of Ludhiana industry.

He advised them to interact with the industry and help students in their research work.

This would add value to the quality of teaching of the teacher and help students meet future skills required in the industry.


Renowned psychiatrist Rajiv Gupta addressed MBA students of GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) on “Stress in modern life” here today.

Dr Gupta said words like stress, strain and tension had become part of all age groups today.

He said due to the invasion of media and western lifestyle, children here were being exposed to materialism.

The resource person said: “Our desires and demands are never-ending. You try to fulfil one, you find another and it grows further, pushing you into a vicious circle where fulfillment acts as fuel to the fire.”


The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) has been rated Best “B” school in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan by the AIMA survey 2006.

The PCTE has been given Grade “A” upper layer B-school and ranked 22nd along with 11 other management institutes of India in a Grade upper layer category.

In the survey, the overall percentile score of PCTE is 85. There are 21 B-schools in India above the PCTE.

“This is fourth year in a row that the PCTE has been rated best B-school,” said Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director, PCTE.



Engineers Day celebrated
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 19
Engineers Day was celebrated at Desh Bhagat Engineering College here yesterday. Dr M.S. Grewal, Registrar, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Guest of Honour was J.S. Kullar.

Students participated in panel discussions and made presentations highlighting the role of engineers in the progress of human civilisation.

Ankit Gautam, Siddharth Kalia, Uday Pratap, Darpan and Pankaj Sharma among others participated in the discussions. Interdependence of different branches of Engineering was the topic taken up by Siddharth Kalia Uday Pratap.

A cultural programme was presented by the students of the college. Madhu Sharma, Namisha and Heena Ghambir presented a dance item while Pranav and Arijeet Mukherjee sang songs.

Dr R.S. Seehra elaborated on the historical background of the day and summed up the history of engineering education in India.

Dr M.S. Grewal said the PTU was playing a vital role in spreading technical education. He said that growth of colleges provides an opportunity for competition and wherever there is competition, quality is bound to improve.

He inaugurated the Advanced Computer Centre in newly constructed building. Dr Grewal said that the computer centre with latest machines, 512 Kbps internet facility, and online access to Delnet will serve the needs of students in a big way. It would be used for add-on courses to enhance computer skills of students.



Course in film technology

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 19
The Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences here has started a course on Bachelor of media, entertainment and film technology. It is a three-year course and students having passed Class XII examination are eligible for the course.

Dr Zora Singh, chairman, Desh Bhagat Group, presided over the function in which film personalities like Preeti Jhangiani, Nukul Vaid and Parvin Dabas participated. — OC



Prof Anand’s play bags award
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 19
The Languages Department has selected Prof M. Anand’s latest play ‘Kaal Chakra’ for the Mohan Rakesh Purskar for the best Hindi play for 2005.

Prof Anand’s plays ‘Kangaal’ and ‘Pashan’ had won similar awards in 2000 and 2002, respectively.

‘Kaal Chakra’ has two plays — ‘Nahush’ and ‘Coffee House’. ‘Nahush’ deals with rise and fall due to arrogance while Coffee-House reflects on the problems of the day.

Besides these plays, he has also written Daerey (poetry), Padmini (a full play), Patakhshep (prose), Battle of Grades (the struggle of the college teachers of Punjab and Haryana for UGC grades) and Tarangini (a poetic compilation).

Prof Anand’s plays have successfully been staged, at various places in the state and elsewhere.

Himself a crusader against injustice, Prof Anand led the battle for getting grades for college teachers of Punjab and Haryana in 1967 successfully.

He has had a long association with the Panjab University as a member of the Senate, the Syndicate, the Academic Council, Dean Languages and Dean Colleges besides being a member of the Board of Studies in Hindi for 30 years.

He has been a member of the Syndicate and Academic Council, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, and Punjab State University Text-Book Board besides being the President of the Punjab State Bhartiya Sahitya Parishad.

Prof Anand has also been honoured by the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan Paryag and Punjab Hindi Sahitya Parishad.



Antakshri contest on Oct 7

Ludhiana, September 19
The Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam (LSS) will organise Antakshri on October 7.

The participation in the event is open to all Ludhianvis. The minimum age for participation is 16 years. The programme will consist of an ‘antakshri’ round, a visual round and a ‘dhun’ round.

For the event, the LSS is planning to bring Durga Jasraj and Pallavi Joshi to give the audience a feel of the talent required for a programme like Antakshri.

The LSS, which has been showcasing Indian performing arts for the past several years, is now trying to harness Ludhiana’s singing talent through this event. The LSS has been conducting training programmes in the past by eminent artistes like Sonal Mansingh, Nadira Zaheer Babbar and others. — TNS



600 patients examined
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 19
More than 600 patients were examined at a free cardiac and diabetes check-up camp held by Hero DMC Heart Institute under the aegis of Sewa Bharti at Moga yesterday.

According to Dr P.N. Mahajan, president, Sewa Bharti, the camp was one of the biggest medical camps organised in the area. The camp witnessed attendance by a large number of persons from surrounding villages besides the town.

A hospital note said a team of consultants at the camp included Dr G.S. Wander, chief cardiologist, and Dr Naveen Mittal, endocrinologist, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. During his interaction with patients, Dr Wander urged them to adopt preventive measures like taking to a less stressful lifestyle and avoid risk factors like smoking and excessive drinking. He also stressed upon the need for regular exercise to keep cardiac ailments at bay.

“This is especially important in the context of India where nearly 10 per cent of the population is afflicted with coronary heart disease.”

In the camp, a team of technicians conducted free ECG, echo cardiography and blood-sugar testing. Expert advice on diet to those suffering from cardiac ailments and diabetes was given by a dietician.

In addition, medicines were distributed free of cost. Counselling on psychiatric ailments was conducted by Dr Rupesh Chaudhary.



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