Health care architect plans to come back
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

A former student of Apeejay School, Mr Gaurav Chopra arms a rare specialisation in health care architecture. Working for a company based in Seattle, the USA, the bright young chap from Central Town here, exclusively designs buildings for hospitals and medical institutes.

A designer working for NBBJ, a company certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) of US Green Building Council, Mr Chopra was here last week to meet his family. He had come to India on an invitation to attend a ‘Conference on Planning and Design of HealthCare Facilities’ held at Goa.

Son of a consultant architect, he said he was planning to shift base back to his home town and work along with his father. “Jalandhar has a very high number of hospitals and most of them are ill-planned. Since a lot of NRI donation is also involved, I think we can easily get projects for designing or re-designing these buildings”, he concluded.

Talking to Jalandhar Plus, the architect said the stress was now on designing environment friendly buildings with minimal use of CFC components, large windows to ensure sufficient natural light, easy means of access to public transport system and a provision for vehicle sharing.

“I believe that it is easier to plan an environmental friendly building in India. People here are close to nature and used to adjusting to climatic changes. But in the USA, people are used to living in a closed room using ACs”, Mr Chopra added.

As a LEED architect, he said the emphasis was on working on evidence-based designing. “While we begin to work, we hold meetings with management, doctors, para-medical staff and even the patients to understand their needs and make plans that ensure maximum efficiency. Our work is not finished even after the building is completed. After the hospital becomes operational, we visit it several times and again take opinions of the staff to understand the lacunas which we may have been left and to incorporate them into our designs as we move ahead for a new project”, he added.

Designing hospitals involves some unique mandatory concepts, he said. “Constructing ramps for patients and a quick parking system outside the Emergency are a must. For designing hospitals for children, play rooms too have to be set up. Recovery rooms should preferably allow a beautiful picturesque view from the window, psychologically good for the patient. Single patient rooms have to be constructed in a special way for ensuring good bed side care delivery with a comfortable couch for the care giver,” Mr Chopra said.



From Schools and Colleges
BD Arya School holds collegiate festival
Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Banarasi Dass Arya Girls’ Collegiate School on Wednesday began a three-day festival for the students of Classes XI and XII. On the first day, contests were held for commerce students, while day two marked contests for science students. Contests for fine arts and humanities students will be held on Friday.

During ‘Biz fest’ on Wednesday, 13 teams from Punjab School Education Board affiliated schools and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) collegiate schools took part. Contests were held in ad campaign, choreography, short skit, ‘hasya kavita ucharan’, paper presentation and quiz. The overall first prize went to Police DAV Public School while the Apeejay team was declared overall second.


Business quiz: Apeejay School 1, Seth Hukum Chand SD Senior Secondary School 2, Swami Sant Dass Public School 3.

Paper presentation: Army Public School 1, Police DAV Public School 2, Seth Hukum Chand School 3.

Short skit: Police DAV Public School 1, BD Arya Collegiate School 2, KMV 3.

Hasya kavita: Kendriya Vidyalaya-3 1, Seth Hukum Chand School 2, Police DAV Public School 3.

Choreography: Police DAV School 1, Apeejay School 2, HMV College 3.

Advertising campaign: Police DAV Public School 1, HMV College 2, KV-3 and KMV College 3.


To mark the United Nations Organisation Day, an inter-school declamation contest was oganised by Citizens’ Welfare and Protection Council at Kendriya Vidyalaya No 1. Students of the host school, KV-2, KV-3, DR National Senior Secondary School, Cantonment Board Boys’ Secondary School and NC Model School participated in the contest and spoke on the “Role of UNO in modern times”.

The young speakers attributed the failure of the UN in achieving its lofty ideals to lack of executive powers, provision of veto power, materialism and rat race among nations. They strongly advocated re-defining the working of the UN and mandatory binding on its member countries to follow its directions. Jyoti of KV-1, Monika of KV-2 and Mandeep of DR Jain National School were declared first, second and third, respectively. Shivangi of KV-3 and Prabh Dayal of DR Jain School were given consolation prizes. The Principal, Mr G.S. Gill, and general secretary of the NGO, Prof Anoop Kumar, were present on the occasion.

BD Arya Girls’ College celebrated the UN Day in the college. A function, organised by the Department of Political Science, aimed at allocating information about the origin of the UNO and its functions. Head of the department, Dr Prem Gupta, enlightened the students on the brief history of the organisation. Postgraduate students of the department presented their papers on various agencies of the UNO, its failures and achievements.

Youth festival

Police DAV Public School won the overall trophy in Mahatma Hans Raj Sub-Zonal Youth Festival held at Lala Jagat Narian DAV Model School. The school team won the first prize in Vedic mantras, skit and bhangra.

Somali Vij was declared second in solo classical, Vanita Singh bagged the second prize in the declamation contest. Milan and Manini got the second prize in debate.

The school team also got the second prize in shabad singing and qawwali singing. The Third prize came for the school in solo folk singing contest.

Divali celebrations were held at Police DAV Public School for the past one week during which contests were held for thali decoration, diya decoration, toran making and rangoli. A short cultural show was also held. Students were told to donate money for the needy. Surneet won the first prize in thali decoration and Arzoo was declared first in diya decoration.

Lecture on TV

The Department of Mass Communication, Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya, organised a lecture on TV feature. The speaker of the occasion was an assistant producer and correspondent with a TV channel. Sharing her personal experiences, she highlighted the imperativeness of being balanced and not biased.

She asked the upcoming students to read newspapers daily and do exercises in writing stories for print media and electronic media.

Telecom visit

With an aim to help students understand communication technologies, Delhi Public School organised a visit to Connect Telephone Exchange and General Post Office. At the telecommunication centre of the Connect, the little ones saw the video-conferencing room and learnt about networking and dish antennas.

Cultural show

The annual cultural show of pre-nursery and nursery kids of Innocent Hearts School was organised this week.

Dr D.R. Vij, educationist, was the chief guest. Grandparents of Tejaswini Nanda, junior head girl, were the guests of honour. English play Cinderella and orchestra band got an overwhelming response.

Freshers’ party

Senior students of the Bachelor of Design, Lovely Institutes, organised a freshers’ party to welcome the new batch.

The show was a blend of programmes that highlighted individual thinking and cultural aspects of the participating students. In the introductory round, the students apprised their seniors and faculty members about their thoughts, ideas and career plans. The stage was then taken over by the young students who hit the ramp with their captivating catwalk.

The other items included a solo dance by Amandeep Kaur and a group dance by Aman, Bhawna, Ramneet and Jasmine.

The audience also relished performances in ghazal and folk singing by Tamanna and Aman.

Nanakdeep was adjudged as Mr Fresher and Jasmine as Ms Fresher. The best dressed lady of the evening award went to Ms Manpreet Kaur.


Students of BA III political science honours of Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women have got top ranks in Guru Nanak Dev University. Meenakshi scored 551 marks out of 800 and was placed second while Gurmeet Kaur and Ritu scored 543 marks and were both placed third in the university.



Accidental ingestion common in boys
Tribune News Service

“Male children are two times more prone to ingesting foreign objects as compared to girls, and peanuts are the commonest objects to be accidentally taken in by children.”

An interesting study regarding this has been conducted by Dr H.J. Singh, a chest specialist and bronchoscopist. His long clinical experience in tackling such cases involving ingestion of foreign bodies also suggests that peanuts, grains and popcorn were more commonly ingested as compared to other inert objects like coins, plastic items, balloons.

“Male kids are more curious and hence they are more prone to accidentally taking in foreign objects than girls. In fact, this is the third commonest cause of accidental deaths in children. Symptoms of accidental ingestion include paroxysms of cough, wheezing and whistling sounds in chest,” said this doctor, who removed a whistle from the lungs of a four-year-old child Karamvir recently.

He said peanuts were taken out of lungs in 23 per cent of cases, seeds in 20 per cent cases, coins in nine per cent and pen caps in six per cent of cases. “Parents should be careful about the quality of toys given to children for playing. Low-cost plastic toys break easily. If ingested, they can lead to severe reaction in lungs. In case of such accidents, the affected child should be taken immediately to a fully-equipped hospital. Otherwise, such cases can be fatal,” he added.



Divali with a difference
P.K. Jaiswar

When residents of the holy city celebrated the festival of lights with their families by distributing sweets and cracking crackers, students of Ryan International School and Ram Ashram School celebrated Divali with a difference.

While the students of Ram Ashram School celebrated Divali with 21 children of the Institute for the Blind, the students of Ryan International School distributed clothes among labourers and their children, setting an example for the people not to forget their social responsibilities.

Not only did the students share their meal with visually challenged children, they also made them feel at home in the environment where they had made efforts to bring happiness in the lives of these children.

Mr Davinder Singh and Mr Suresh of Ram Ashram School, who accompanied the children, said it was an unusual festivity for these children who have never experienced this kind of interaction in the past.

Ms Preeti Sharad, Principal, Shri Ram Ashram School, said not only was this occasion planned to bring something different for those impaired but it was a lesson in sensitising children of the school on their social responsibilities. Fitting them with track suits gifted by the school, the visually challenged children from the age of 7 to 16 felt indeed a newness in the festival this time as students of Ram Ashram spared no effort to “light up” the faces of these children.

A poem and an audio skit of “victory of good over evil” was part of the cultural show presented on the occasion. Not to be left behind. Gurdas, a visually challenged boy, played the tabla, while Kuldeep played the harmonium.

Hindi and Punjabi songs were sung by Mukesh, Sikhan, Massa and Gurdass that invited loud applause from teachers and students.

Meanwhile, 100 students of Ryan International collected clothes and distributed among more than 200 labourers and their children.

Ms Priyanka, headmistress, said the idea of celebrating Divali by distributing clothes was to teach the children about their social responsibilities.

Earlier, wearing colourful headbands and faces smeared with anti-cracker slogans, the children demonstrated in the city to create awareness about air and noise pollution.

Ms Priyanka said the students made it their own responsibility to create awareness amongst the public about the nuisance of crackers and the teachers joined them in this noble task.

Raising questions on wasteful expenditure, the students along with 10 teachers distributed handmade pamphlets giving the messages of “No pollution! No crackers”.



Market Buzz
IT exhibition from November 3
Tribune News Service

The Jalandhar Computer Dealer Association represented by IT entrepreneurs will hold a three-day IT exhibition at Shagun Palace from November 3 to 5.

Leading IT brands, including IBM, Sony, Canon, Microsoft, Nokia, NIIT, Samsung and LG, are taking part in the exhibition, said member Mr Rajiv Khanna.

He said the companies would exhibit their latest products and technologies ranging from PC hardware to all types of peripherals, readymade software, cables, printers, portables, palms, net applications, accessories, media devices, business communication applications.

Member elected

Mr Balram Kapoor, Managing Director of the JMP Group of Companies, has been unanimously elected a member of the Engineering Export promotion Council (EEPC), Northern region, Government of India Undertaking.

A communication in this regard came from Mr Manoj Kumar, zonal Joint Director-General of foreign trade, election authority, EEPC.

New showroom

Kosmo Hyundai is planning to inaugurate a new showroom and workshop at Batala Road, Amritsar, soon. Mr Harish Ahuja, owner, said the showroom would provide modern facilities, including easy accessibility to select car models and ample car parking.

He said that the workshop would also be equipped with computerised machinery, company trained mechanics, ultra-fast and accurate pneumatic tools.



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