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PAU confers degrees upon 239
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
As many as 239 students of Punjab Agricultural University were awarded degrees at the 34th convocation here today. Of these, 51 were awarded the PhD degree, while 188 were awarded the Master’s degree. The degrees were awarded to the students by the Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), who is also the Chancellor of the university. The Union Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, was the chief guest on the occasion, who delivered the convocation address.

Congratulating the students, Mr Chidambaram said there was a need for redefining priorities as agricultural production had reached its plateau. He said PAU had set an example for others by being instrumental in scripting the Green Revolution.

He said, “Acknowledging the catalytic and pioneering role played by PAU, I announced in the Budget for 2006-07 that the Government of India recognised this university as an institution of excellence and, accordingly, would make a special grant of Rs 100 crore.”

Hinting that the grant may be released at the earliest, he said, “I am glad to know that the university has submitted a detailed plan to uitlise this grant and that the plan is in an advanced stage of consideration.”

Calling for fresh research in agriculture, he remarked, “Today, unfortunately, the Green Revolution is a distant memory, and its impact has certainly ebbed. We need to revisit the problems of the agricultural sector and address the cry of anguish that we hear from farmers from different parts of the country.”

He exhorted university teachers to raise their sight and draw an ambitious blueprint for Indian agriculture in the 21st century. He said: “There is no iron law that says farming is drudgery or that farming is a life of poverty or that farming is an occupation for those with no choice...it is possible to make farming an occupation of choice, an activity of profit and a way of life that brings dignity and prosperity.”

In his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, thanked Mr Chidambaram.

The university honoured nine faculty members for their contribution to teaching, research and extension.

Merit certificates for excellence in academics were given to 59 students while 19 were awarded gold medals and medals.

A PhD student, Kamal Data, was given a prize for essay and oration. 



Self-rediscovery road to success, says expert
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, October 31
A workshop on “self-rediscovery” was organised at the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences here today. It was convened by the Director of the institute, Ms Shalini Gupta.

Rotarian Jagdish Khatri, honorary secretary, Allahabad Management Association, was the keynote speaker. Nearly 200 MBA students and faculty members attended the workshop, which was conducted by Dr Anuradha, a Professor of Management.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khatri said no two persons had similar traits. Each one had psychological, mental and physical differences, and was required to develop some unique quality in the field of one’s interest. He said every person was born with some unique faculty provided he or she tried to explore and develop it through self-introspection for personality development.

The process of self-discovery was a combination of various factors — good physical and mental health, positive attitude, good spirits and devoid of any complex or ego, good IQ level, good character, high confidence level, fearlessness and righteousness. So each factor needed to be improved through meditation.

Mr Khatri answered students’ queries with the help of pictorial presentations.

Addressing the workshop, Ms Shalini Gupta, Director of the institute, said: “Today, we are living in an era of competition and excellence, and hence only the fittest shall survive. Therefore, each one of us should try to achieve excellence and prove to be the best among the best. For this, every student is required to make efforts for developing a good personality through self-rediscovery without which it is difficult to succeed in any sphere.” 



PAUTA delegation meets Governor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 31
A delegation of the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers’ Association met the Governor, Gen S.F. Rodrigues (retd), who is also the Chancellor of the university, here today.

The delegation brought to his notice the financial problems being faced by the university for the past sometime. The delegation comprised Dr A.S. Sohi, Dr I.M. Chhibba, Mr H.S. Kingra and Dr A.S. Joshi.

The delegation told the Governor that the deficit under the salary head last year alone was Rs 10.19 crore in spite of the fact that the university slashed the staff strength by 22 per cent.

The university required Rs 8 crore for research activity.



From Schools and Colleges
Student’s project on female foeticide 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
Prerna Varma, a student of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, has tried to awaken the public about the heinous crime of female foeticide through a project conducted by Wizkid-2006 (Ludhiana city).

Under the project, she has distributed pamphlets prepared by her. She has received acknowledgement from Principals of various schools. The Pamphlets can be seen displayed in various parts of the city.

The Principal of BCM Arya Model School said in a press note that public must learn to welcome a girl child. The sex ratio had become a matter of great concern in the state, the Principal added. “Prerna Varma has undertaken a noble cause,” he said.

Students felicitated

To felicitate students who participated in a state-level competition and to discuss various dimensions of mental development, a programme was recently organised at Lions Bhavan here.

Students of ALOHA, Ludhiana, who bagged four prizes, including the Champion of Category Award were honoured on the occasion.

Ms Ashu Kapoor, centre head, ALOHA, said in a press note that ALOHA was launched in city in June. It aimed at abacus learning of higher arithmetic. A state-level competition was held at Mohali on October 15 in which around 800 students from all over the state participated.

The aim was to identify stars of mental arithmetic in the 4-14 year age group so that they could be trained further for national and international-level competitions, she said.

She said Ayushi Mittal bagged the Champion of Category Award in the competition. She got the prize for solving maximum number of sums in her age group. In the same age group, Vani Bansal won the second prize. Isha Ramneek won the second prize in another age group. “These students have made Ludhiana proud,” she added.

Seminar on IT

The Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology (KIMT) for Women will organise a seminar on information technology on November 4.

Dr R.S. Gupta, director, KIMT, said in a press statement on Tuesday that the seminar would be conducted by the Sanimati Solutions, Noida. The company provides software development, web design and network services. It offers top quality, affordable IT solutions to small business houses.

The final year students of MCA and BTech (computer science) courses of all colleges have been invited to attend the seminar. The firm has also agreed to provide six-month training to them in handling various projects and help them in getting suitable placement after training in India and abroad

Extension lecture

An extension lecture on corporate governance, financial marketing and hypothesis testing was organised at the Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT) here on Tuesday.

Dr R.K. Lekhi, director, DIMT, said in a press note that Prof Supreet Kaur, coordinator, welcomed Dr M.A. Zahir, chairman of Synetic Business School, Prof S.L. Aggarwal and Prof Sonal on the occasion.

Dr Zahir delivered a lecture on corporate governance. The lecture was divided into three parts. In the first part, he discussed the conceptual framework.

The second part of the lecture dealt with structural framework wherein he discussed the appointment of audit committee and shareholders’ grievances committee, which monitored the performance of the company with regard to corporate governance.

Societal framework was discussed in the third part of the lecture. Dr Zahir described the social responsibilities of companies. He said companies should open schools, colleges, community centres, and hospitals for the welfare of employees, stockholders and the public.

Prof Aggarwal elaborated in detail the basic contents of hypothesis. He also detailed the usefulness of hypothesis testing in research.



Lokesh, Parampreet win declamation contest

Ludhiana, October 31
Giani Harjit Singh Memorial Declamation Contest was organised at G.G.N Public School, Rose Garden, here today.
The results of the contest are as follows: first prize —Lokesh Anand, Kundan Vidya Mandir (English); Parampreet Singh, Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar (Punjabi).

Second prize— Neha Arora, B.C.M. Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar(English); Kuljeet Kaur, G.G.N. Public School, Rose Garden (Punjabi); and third prize —Manpreet Kaur, G.G.N. Public School, Rose Garden (English); Sheiza Sachdeva, Green Land Senior Secondary Public School (Punjabi).

The consolation prizes were won by Harneet Kaur, Green Grove Public School, Khanna; Parneet Mankoo, Guru Nanak Public School, Ludhiana; Chamanpret Kaur, Guru Nanak International Public School; and Rohit Kapoor, Kundan Vidya Mandir. The overall trophy for the best team was won by Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Ludhiana. OC



“The Lost Meaning” released
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
Prof Niranjan Tasneem’s “The Lost Meaning”, the English translation of the Sahitya Akademi Award winning novel “Gwache Arth”, was released at the seminar hall of the Government College for Boys here yesterday by the Principal, Mr Malkiat Singh.

The Association of Government College Retired Teachers felicitated Professor Tasneem for his contribution to literature.

Among those present on the occasion were Prof M.C. Sharma, Dr S.D. Joshi and Dr B.S. Gill, who highlighted the literary activities of their colleague. The convener, Prof M.S. Cheema, proposed a vote of thanks.


City to host surgeons’ meet, global workshop
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
The city will host the 26th annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI), northern chapter, and an international workshop on laparoscopic surgery from November 2 to 5 at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

The conference and the workshop are being organised jointly by the ASI and the Department of Surgery at the DMCH.

Addressing a news conference here today, Dr Kuldip Singh, organising chairman, who also heads the Indian Association of Laparoscopic Surgery, said more than 500 surgeons from the northern states, including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, and Chandigarh would take part in the deliberations. The theme of the zonal conference was “Surgery in the future millennium.”

He said the doyens of surgery from all over the world, along with those from the country, would participate in the conference, as also share their experiences during the international workshop.

While Mr R.C.G. Russell, chief editor of Love & Bailey Text Book of Surgery, which every surgeon read, would inaugurate the conference, some of the guest speakers at the four-day conclave would include Prof Philippe Mouret, who did the first laparoscopic gall bladder surgery in the world, Prof H. Bismuth, with whose name Bismuth classification of bile duct strictures was in the books, Prof Chris Royston from the UK, who was famous for hernia surgery, and Prof Peter Sedman.

Among participants from within the country would be masters in their own fields like Prof T.E. Udwadia, Dr Pradeep Chowbey, Dr K. Ravindranath, Dr P. Jagannath, who was among the surgeons who operated superstar Amitabh Bachchan in Mumbai, Dr N.K. Pandey, Dr B. Krishna Rau, Dr John Thankakumar, Dr M.G. Bhat, Dr Venkatesh, Dr A.K. Kriplani, Dr Abhay Dalvi, Dr Rajan Saxena and Dr Adarsh Chaudhry, besides senior surgeons from this region.



Dispensary set up at court complex
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
Taking a serious note of the death of a litigant in the Judicial Court Complex a few days ago for want of first-aid medical facilities, the district authorities has posted a doctor to man a make-shift dispensary till alternative arrangment is made.

Dr Manisha Khanna was deputed to run the dispensary at the complex by the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana. In its appointment letter, she was directed to report to the District and Sessions Judge, Ludhiana,Mr Harbans Lal.

Accordingly, she met the Sessions Judge yesterday.

The District Bar Association (DBA) president,Mr Naval Kishore Chhibber, provided a room in the spacious office of the DBA to run the dispensary.

It may be recalled that one litigant, Dr R. K. Rajan, had died in the complex, which sent shock waves amongst the legal fraternity. Filled with anger, the District Bar Association had given a call for two days’ strike.

Thereafter, the Sessions Judge had held discussions with the Bar president. Keeping in view the situation,Mr Harbans Lal had talked to the Deputy Commissioner,Mr Ashok Gupta. The DC had given an assurance that a dispensary would be opened in a day or so. Now that he has fulfilled his promise, it had brought much relief to the legal fraternity.

The secretary of the District Bar Association, Mr Rajneesh Gupta, and the vice-president, Mr Sunil Dutt, have welcomed the decision of the district administration. 



Lions Club sponsors 6 corneal transplants
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 31
The Lions Club, Ludhiana Skipper, has announced sponsorship of six corneal transplant operations to be performed at the Punarjot Eye Bank of Punjab by Dr Ramesh.

In a brief function at Dr Ramesh’s Superspeciality Eye and Laser Centre here today, Mr P.R. Jairath, president of the club, along with other office-bearers lauded the nobel deed of eye donor families, which would go on to provide the gift of sight to corneal blind persons.

He said the club was the recipient of the highest international award for sponsoring corneal transplant surgeries during the year 2004-05.

Dr Ramesh stressed the need for making eye donation a mass movement so that a large number of corneal blind persons could get their sight restored.



Medal haul for BVM students
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 31
Students of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir (BVM), Kitchlu Nagar and Uhdam Singh Nagar branches, reaped a rich haul of medals in the 19th Punjab State Athletics Meet organised by the Sarvhitkari Educational Society, Punjab, from October 28 to 31 at Talwara.

According to Mr Baljeet Singh Gill, director, (sports), BVM Schools, students of the school bagged 63 medals, including 27 gold, 28 silver and 8 bronze, during the four-day meet. Three students, namely Priya (girls under-14), Pankaj Sharma (boys under-14) and Amandeep Singh (boys under-19) were adjudged the best atheltes in various age groups.

Those who won medals were: Priya (gold medals in shot put and discus throw); Pankaj Sharma (gold medals in 600 m race, silver medal in 400 m and 4x100 m relay race); Amadeep Singh (gold medals in 200 m, 800 m and 900 m races).

Bharat (silver medal in high jump); Hitsh Girotra (silver medal in 1,500 m race); Amandeep Singh (gold medals in 200 m, 400 m and 800 m events ); Kanwaljot Singh (silver medal in 1,500 m event); Arwinder Singh (silver medal in triple jump); Arun Gupta (silver medal in shot put and bronze medal in 400 m hurdles).

Abhitoj (silver medal in discus throw); Harkanwal (silver medal in javelin throw); Jasbir singh (silver medals in long jump and cross counry 5-km race); Divya (silver medals in 1,500 m and 5,000 m events); Saloni Madhok (gold medal in discus throw, silver medals in shot put and javelin throw).

Jaspreet Kaur (silver medal in 800 m and bronze medal in 100 m events); Tarun Sood (gold medal in 100 m and silver medal in 200 m events); Rohit Sharma (gold medal in 1,500 m and silver medal in 3,000 m events); Raghav (gold medal in 800 m and silver medal in 400 m events).

Shivani ( silver medal in shot put and bronze medal in 100 m events); Deepika (silver medal in 200 m); Kamaldeep (bronze medal in discus throw); Pankaj Sharma (gold medal in 600 m and silver medal in 400 m); Sahil Thakur (gold medal in discus throw and bronze medal in shot put); Deepanshu (gold medal in 400 m and silver medal in 4x100 m relay); Saransh (silver medal in 4x100 m relay).



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