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AGRICULTURE
 

Discussion on horticulture development
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 3
Under the aegis of the Horticultural Society of India and PAU Horticultural Science Society, a panel discussion on “Horticulture Development in Northern India - Changing Priorities” will be held at Wheat Auditorium on the PAU campus on November 6.

The Chairman of the Punjab Farmers’ Commission, Dr G.S. Kalkat, will be the chief guest and the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, will preside.

According to convener Dr Y.R. Chanana, former Head of Horticulture Department at PAU, the discussion will focus on changing priorities in sub-tropical and temperate horticulture in Northern India.

Horticulturists, farmers and industry representatives will also discuss the regional problems, including those of domestic and export market, and deliberate on the policies and programmes to be incorporated to promote horticulture in the XI Plan to help farmers diversify and get maximum benefits in the changing agricultural scenario.

Expected participants include Dr K.L. Chadha, who is on the task force for the formulation of XI Plan programme in horticulture, and Vice-Chancellor of Dr Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan, Dr Jagmohan Singh, who will deliver the keynote address.

Dr Jagmohan Singh and a former Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr R.P. Awasthi, will be honoured on the occasion.

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EDUCATION

From Colleges
Eminent persons honoured
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 3
The local Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, in collaboration with the Shaheed Memorial Seva Society, organised a function to honour eminent persons for their contribution in respective fields. Mr Vajinder Singh, secretary of the society, and Ms Harmit Kaur, Principal of the college, presided over the function while Mr Gursharan Singh, playwright, was the chief guest.

The function commenced with the recitation of the Saraswati prayer, which was followed by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the chief guest. He was presented with a bouquet by Ms Harmit Kaur and Mr Vajinder Singh. Rich tributes were paid to Dr Ramanand Sagar, director of TV serial Ramayan.

Mr Jagtar Singh, secretary, Ramgarhia Educational Council, welcomed the chief guest and other eminent personalities. Mr Vajinder Singh threw light on various social activities being carried out by the society for the uplift of the down-trodden.

Fortythree eminent persons, including Mr Subhash Sagar, Dr Satish Sharma, Ms Maria Leena, Dr Balbir Shah, Mr Pali Daitwalia, Ms Kawaljit Kaur Kalsi, Ms Ranjana, Mr Kirpal Kajaak, Mr Gurpreet Singh, were honoured for their distinguished contribution in the respective fields. Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Member of Parliament, was also honoured.

Students of the college and the school presented various cultural items.

Workshop: The Postgraduate Department of Commerce of G.T.B. National College, Dakha, organised a workshop on “soft skills” in collaboration with ICFAI University, Hyderabad, here on Friday. The speaker was Mr Abhishek Tyagi, Senior Territory Manager, ICFAI, New Delhi.

The Principal of the college welcomed Mr Tyagi, Mr Harbir Singh and Mr Bhupinder Singh, senior functionaries of the ICFAI. The workshop was conducted by Prof Avtar Singh, Head, Department of Commerce of the college.

Mr Tyagi emphasised that in the present era of globalisation there were certain skills which every student should master to be successful in his career. There was an increasing realisation that intelligence quotient alone was not sufficient unless one equipped oneself with emotional quotient.

While IQ played 20 per cent role in success, EQ played 80 per cent. The former could be attained up to a certain age but EQ could be attained anytime in life.

Mr Tyagi took the help of modern audio visual aids. He made the session interactive by subtly throwing questions to the participants.

Meanwhile, the results of M.Com II of the college were 100 per cent with Ms Jyoti Gambhir securing the first position in the college with 80 per cent marks

GNC students excel: Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, has once again topped city colleges the MCom II results.

Rajni Dhingra of the college has secured the 6th position in Panjab University and second in the district with 85.25 per cent marks. Jagkiran has stood 8th in the university and 4th in the district with 84 per cent marks. Ravandeep has been declared 11th in the university and 5th in the district with 83.33 per cent marks. Principal of the college Charanjit Mahal congratulated the staff and students for their success.

Seminar on mutual funds: The ISTE Students Chapter of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, organised a seminar on mutual funds here Friday. The resource person was Prof Rajesh Marwaha, Head, Commerce and Management Department, KLSD College, Ludhiana.

Professor Marwaha discussed about the concept of mutual funds which were started in India way back in 1964 by the Unit Trust of India and were backbone of financial world.

All students of MBA attended the seminar. They had an interactive session in the end. Dr H.S. Singha, Director, GNIMT, thanked the guest speakers.

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College achieves 100 pc result
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 3
Students of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, excelled in M.Com, IInd semester, examination, conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh, by scoring 100 per cent results.

All students got first division. Pardeep Kaur and Amandeep got the second and third position by scoring 78 per cent and 75 per cent marks, respectively.

Ms Roop Brar, president Managing Committee, Prof Balwant Singh Pangli , secretary, Managing Committee, Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Director, and Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu congratulated Prof Gursharanjit Singh, Head of the Commerce Department, staff of the department and students for the brilliant results.

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P.N. Thapar Gold Medal for Jasdeep
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana November 3
Ms Jasdeep Kaur has been awarded the prestigious "Dr R.N Thapar Gold Medal" for being adjudged the overall best graduate of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, for the year 2005. Jasdeep, who ranked first in B.Sc. (Hons.) Home Science Programme by scoring highest grade point average, is currently persuing master's degree in "Food Science and Food Safety" at Kansas State University, U.S.A under full-fee scholarship.

Besides being meritorious in studies she had been doing equally well in sports and co-curricular activities. She represented the university in inter-varsity meets four times during 2001-2005 as a member of the university badminton team and is a University Color holder.

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CULTURE
 

Polish, Bulgarian artistes enthral
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 3
The cultures of Poland, Bulgaria and Punjab came together on one stage at “Punjab International Folklore Festival” at the Government College for Women here today. In the jam-packed auditorium of the college, around 47 Polish and Bulgarian artistes performed.

It was for the first time in this part of the region that Polish students and artistes presented their folk dances. The multi-cultural event was organised to strengthen the bond of love, peace and friendship among Indian, Bulgarian and Polish students. The Polish troupe included 14 girls and 12 boys and its leader, Jerzy Strynsbi, director of the Kyczera folk group, Poland.

Mr Devinder Singh Chhina, president of the Punjab Cultural Promotional Council and man behind the show, said the aim of organising such a cross-country programme was to spread message of peace and development.

He said the Bulgarian artistes had performed earlier in the city, but for the Polish artistes, it was their first experience. “During my recent visit to Poland, I had requested them to visit and perform in Punjab”, said Mr Chhina.

Students of the college also presented a giddha.

Before their performances, the Polish artistes shared their views and experiences in India, and in Punjab in particular. Mr Adrian, an artiste said when the troupe of Punjab had performed in their country a few months ago, they (Polish people) were moved by the Punjabi culture.

“It was a very positive experience. Despite differences between the cultures of the two countries, we were all very comfortable. It was then, we decided to show our culture too to the Indians”, he said.

Natalia, a 17-year-old student of high school in Poland, said she liked Punjab very much. “People are dark and I like dark skin. I like Punjabi suits and intend to buy one. The food is tasty and rich, but a bit spicy. Punjabi music is very interesting and loud and you feel like dancing to Punjabi tunes.

Last evening, we visited Golden Temple in Amritsar where everyone greeted us with sat sri akal", she said.

Kasia, another troupe member, said roads were not properly maintained. "We saw many garbage dumps on the roads. I was shocked to see the number of stray dogs here”, said the hazel-eyed Kasia.

Meanwhile, several students expressed resentment when they were not allowed to leave the college premises as the cultural programme continued. One of the students, who did not wish to be identified, said they had closed both gates of the college.

“We are not allowed to go out. I did not know about this programme. My mother would wait for me. We have been asked to be in the college till this function is over. They can not keep us here forcibly. The hall is also packed to its capacity and not even a single student can be accommodated now”, she said.

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