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Stress laid on adopting practical approach in teaching
Our Correspondent

Doraha, September 25
Mr Tarsem Bahia, Director, Lincoln Institutes, Sirhind and former Principal of A.S College, Khanna, delivered an extension lecture on ‘‘Quality Enhancement in Higher Education’’ at the seminar hall of Guru Nanak National College, here today.

In his deliberations, Mr Tarsem Bahia stressed on the need for maintaining quality in the academic, cultural and administrative spheres in order to ensure the all-round personality development of the students. Mr Bahia, who is at present a Senator and a Syndic of Punjab University, said each and every institution should strive for excellence in order to enable the nation to achieve the pinnacle of glory.

‘‘With a total of 350 deemed universities, more than 17,000 colleges, 92 lakh students and four lakh teachers, educationists have a major share in the world community for which our goals have to be redefined and the mismatch between the ‘stated objectives’ and ‘achieved targets’ should be removed as far as possible. Educationists need to play a productive role by leaving orthodox methods and moving towards total transformation by adopting creatively analytical methods, including laying stress on self-evaluation, learner-oriented and constructively functional approach and humanitarian values. With the changing times, teaching, extension and research activities need to be practically followed and implemented’’, Mr Bahia said.

The resource person also asked the colleges to go in for various value-added courses to keep pace with the changing times.

Apart from this, the staff of the college was formally introduced to Ms Roop Brar, the newly elected President of the college management committee. Speaking on the occasion she asked the teachers to fulfill their professional and moral duties towards the students and their institution with complete sincerity.

Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Director of the college, too, stressed on the constructive role of the educational institutions in moulding the personality of individuals.

Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, Principal of the college, thanked Mr Bahia and the special guest of the day Ms Roop Brar. Prof M.S Bhandari, staff secretary and Dr Kuldeep Singh, president, Doraha unit of the PCCTU and Ms Bhagwant Kaur, Chief Patron, college management committee, were also present on the occasion.



Astrology students get degrees

Ludhiana, September 25
The Nakshtra Astro Research and Study Centre organised a convention at Punjabi Bhavan here yesterday. Mr Jagdish Bajaj, president, Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha, Rajiv Duggal from Shree Govind Godham, famous astrologer, Prof Madan Mohan, director, Citi Cable, Mr Sunil Talwar were among the special guests.

The founder president of the Nakshtra Astro Centre, Prof Ramit Malik, said 95 students of various age groups who have studied the subject on weekends for the past one year were awarded Jyotish Bhasker and Jyotish Martand degrees on the completion of courses.

He stressed upon the students to prevent the public being misled by useless expensive remedies concerned with Kaal Srup Dosha, Pitter Dosha, Manglik Dosha, Dhaiya and Sade-Sati which ultimately lead to disgrace astrology. — TNS



Seminar on trends in education
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
The GHG Khalsa College of Education organised a seminar on “Ethics in teaching” in collaboration with the Punjab chapter of All-India Association for Educational Research at Sudhar, near here, yesterday.

The seminar was presided over by Raja Harnarinder Singh, a former Chairman, Punjab School Education Board, and former Principal, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar.

Resource persons at the seminar were Dr S.P. Malhotra, Dean, Academic Affairs, Kurukshetra University; Dr N.S. Mavi, Principal, Indo-Global College of Education; and Dr Surjit Singh Sekha, an educationist. Leading educationists from all education colleges participated in it.

Dr Sekha questioned if engineering and medical backgrounds have set lIT and AIIMS as their unparalleled trend-setters then why can’t be their a standard set for BEd institutions? He emphasised changing of syllabus as per need of profession. He purposed that teachers should assume the role of mother in guiding the students.

Dr Mavi highlighted the need for ethics in research work. He stressed that research work should proceed like a child’s growth i.e. it should be slow and steady. He insisted in properly knowing the subject. He discouraged the use of readymade material and strengthened the habit of visiting library regularly and in careful selection of research topics. 



From Schools and Colleges
Say no to junk food, students told
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 25
A two-day annual festival, “Say no to junk food” (an educative programme), began today at Cherry Lane Play School. Various schools of the city are participating in the festival. The aim of the festival is to tell the students about the side effects of the junk food.

Extension lecture

An extension lecture on personality development was organised at the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Doraha.

The resource person was Ms Poonam K. Sidhu, Principal, GMT Senior Secondary School.

Ms Sidhu stressed on various aspects of personality development. In order to realise one’s dreams, one must go after these with full energy, she asserted, adding that only two options open to the contemporary professionals were either to face the challenge or quit.

The speaker emphasised on the need of fixing the short-term and long-term targets and then working to achieve them with double energy.


The Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a seminar on “VAT — myth or reality” for students of BBA and MBA on Monday.

Prof Arvind Malhotra of Panjab University, who is an expert in taxation, and Mr Ajit Lakra, president, Knitters Association, were the guest speakers.

Mr Mohan Singh Kundlas, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner, presided over the seminar.

Prof Malhotra said France was the first country in the world to implement VAT in 1954. The success of VAT in France motivated several other countries to introduce the tax and today more than 160 countries had adapted, he said.

“VAT is a multi-point system of taxation in which tax is levied and collected at each stage of value addition of an item with a provision to set off against tax paid at various stages of value addition,” he said.

He said the older system of taxation suffered from various bottlenecks like under billing, selling of goods without bills, undervaluation of goods, etc, which created a parallel economy of sorts involving huge sums of black money.

Sharing the latest statistics, Prof Malhotra said the tax evasion had reduced tremendously with the introduction of VAT and states had gained substantially in terms of revenue.

As much as 30 per cent of revenue had shot up which could now be used for development projects. The variation in the rates of taxes have also reduced to just 2 per cent, leading o uniformity all across, said Prof Malhotra.

Mr Ajit Lakra spoke at length about the stringent measures in VAT that has upset the business community. He highlighted various practical difficulties of VAT in the industrial set up.

“No doubt VAT is the best taxation policy but its implementation needs to be improved and made more dealer friendly,” he added.

Mr Kundlas also shared his views and said the objective and purpose of VAT is to bring about transparency in business transactions in a user friendly way.


Doctors resent mid-term mass transfers
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 25
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has taken strong exception to mid-term mass transfers ordered by the state government recently terming these as uncalled for and irrational.

The association while demanding immediate cancellation of new posting orders has also demanded a high level inquiry so that responsibility for such a motivated action could be fixed.

In a statement here yesterday, the state president of the PCMSA, Dr Hardeep Singh, pointed out that during general transfers of nearly 1,000 PCMS doctors, as many as 125 doctors in this district alone were reshuffled while another 79 had now been slapped with new posting orders out of a total list of some 700 doctors from all over the state.

Charging the state government with adopting a 'pick and choose' policy for mid-term transfers, the state chief of the association maintained that the action was not only irrational and illegal but also violated the transfer rules laid down by the government.

He said the government plea for mid-term transfers in the name of removal of mis-matching did not hold water since the action itself would lead to mis-matching and unnecessary duplication of specialist doctors in health institutions all over Punjab.

“The wholesale transfer of 1,000 doctors, followed by mid-term displacement of another 700 doctors has caused shock waves among the PCMS cadres while also resulting in harassment and chaos in the entire set up of medical care.”

He said state executive of the association was scrutinising the whole process of general and mid-term transfers and it would soon come out with a detailed report about mis-management, victimisation and irrational acts behind each and every individual transfer order, issued by the Health Department.

Dr Hardeep Singh urged the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, to intervene for immediate cancellation of new posting orders and also institute a high level inquiry to find out the motive behind such action. 



Overload of pesticides causing female foetal loss
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 25
''Extensive hospital and community-based data has revealed that there is a progressive increase in incidence of certain cancers in Punjab and Haryana, which were relatively rarer in the past.

These include cancers of esophagus, gall bladder, urinary bladder, leukemia (blood cancer) and lymphomas. Similarly, serious reproductive health issues have surfaced, which include higher incidence of foetal loss as well as congenital abnormalities of the newborn.''

These observations were made by Dr S.G. Kabra, Director (Research) at SDM Hospital and Research Institute and Indian Institute of Health Management, Jaipur, in a special lecture on 'Environmental Pollution and Health Risks' with special reference to cancers in Punjab and Haryana. The lecture was organised at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here yesterday by the Department of Community Medicine.

Dr Kabra remarked that his own observations, as well as published literature, strongly indicated that most of these health problems were consequence of environmental overload by pesticides in the states of Punjab and Haryana. "Possibility of pesticides related female foetal loss as a significant contributory factor to skewed sex ratio at birth in Punjab and Haryana exists, as female foetus is known to be more susceptible to adverse affect of environmental and nutritional factors."

He said the pesticide exposure of mother through diet or otherwise in early pregnancy had a correlation with spontaneous abortions, abnormalities in foetus. Most of such aborted foetuses were females. Some pesticides acted as folic acid antagonist, leading to serious birth defects as retarded or virtually brainless children.

The discussion was chaired by Dr Daljit Singh, Principal, DMCH. Dr GPI Singh, Professor and Head of Community Medicine, who moderated the discussion, pointed out that there was a need to sensitize medical community as well as general public towards effects of pesticides, currently excessively used in agronomy dominant states like Punjab and Haryana .



Breast cancer check-up held at Jagraon
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 25
A large number of patients turned out at a free check-up camp for breast cancer patients, which was organised by the Krishna Breast Cancer Care Trust at Vishvakarma Temple, Near Adda Raikot Chowk, Jagraon on Sunday.

A team of prominent oncologists from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) comprising Dr J.S. Sekhon, Dr G.S Brar and Dr Davinder Singh Sandhu examined the patients and rendered follow-up advice.

The camp was inaugurated by Mr R. K. Jaiswal, SSP, Jagraon, who exhorted the people of the area to take maximum benefit from the facilities being made available on their doorstep.

He added that rural population often found the cost of seeking consultations from the experts prohibitive, which made the early detection of cancer a difficult affair. But such camps would go a long way in addressing this issue.

Interacting with the patients at the camp, Dr G.S. Brar said people should approach a consultant as soon as they notice the warning signs of the disease which included a lump or thickening, change in the size or shape of a breast, dimpling of the skin or a swelling or lump in the armpit. He remarked that there was a mental unwillingness to accept the fact that one might be afflicted with cancer. 



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