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Job opportunities galore in pharma sector: Kulkarni
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
Check up camps, interactive sessions with pharma professionals, display of posters and speeches marked the day in the Chandigarh College of Pharmacy, Landran, to mark the beginning of the pharmacy week.

The pathological tests done on the occasion included Hb, sugar, blood pressure, skin quality and blood group which were conducted free of cost for all and reports were given instantly. The dignitaries present on the occasion included Dr S.K. Kulkarni, Professor, University Institute of Pharmacy, and Mr K.P. Manni, Director, Central Research Institute, Kasauli. Thousands of students of the college reached the venue to be part of the celebrations.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kulkarni said the Indian pharma industry was catering to the world bulk drug markets, it being the second world runners in the field behind China only and this proved a need for pharma professionals in India.

Dr Manni said pharmacy today was one of the largest industries in India and it needed many young professionals. “As of today there are 18,000 small scale and 250 large units in the country manufacturing medicines and we are leading manufacturers of medicines but still we have to import so many medicines. This shows that there is still a lot of scope for development. The biggest challenge is that the prices have to be kept low and the quality has to be maintained. He advised the students to work according to the needs of the industry.”

Mr Satnam Sigh Sandhu, Chairman, CGC, and Mr Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, president, CGC, graced the occasion and inspired the students to work hard for meeting the world standards.



22 poor students given scholarships
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
As many as 422 children from 40 government schools of Chandigarh were given scholarships by the India International Education Trust (IIET) at a function held at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18 here, today.

Promoted by NRIs based in the UK, the IIET initiated the scholarships in October 2003 for bright children from economically weaker sections so as to encourage them to continue in their studies”, said Mr Gurdip S Deep, Managing Trustee.

This year, the trust has provided a grant of Rs 50,000 to Guru Harkrishan Public School, Sector 36, to provide the scholarship to the deserving students, as well as Rs 1 lakh to Sant Fateh Singh School in Panipat.

Mr Ranjit Singh, a trustee of the IIET, and chairman of Guru Nanak International Education Trust of the United Kingdom, who has also been decorated by the Queen of Britain with the Order of British Empire, said education was a major catalyst to build a healthy society and their main aim was to provide an incentive to the bright students from not so privileged sections of our society.

“We are concentrating on the Education sphere only and this is for the fourth time that our trust is extending help to the students of the weaker sections to help them in their education. Each student from Class VI to X standard received a scholarship of Rs 1,000 while Rs 2,000 was given to each student from Class XI and XII”, said Mr Ranjit Singh.

Dr S.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab University, who was the chief guest on the occasion, handed over the cheques to the school principals. Speaking on the occasion, he commended the trustees of the IIET for providing incentive to the bright children in the government schools. Mr Ashwani Kumar, DPI (S), was the guest of honour. He emphasised that since education was a catalyst of growth of civilisation, we should extend all help in our capacity to promote it.



Varsity teachers seek higher retirement age
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The Punjab Federation of University Teachers Association today held a convention in the auditorium of the Department of Evening Studies, Panjab University, in which delegates from Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Panjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and Punjabi University, Patiala, participated.

Prof Manjit Singh, secretary of the Panjab University Teachers Association, welcomed the participants and elaborated on the urgent demands of teachers, including withholding of grant-in-aid by the Punjab Government, harassment by the Audit Department in each of the universities and the adamant attitude of the Punjab Government on the enhancement of retirement age of university teachers from 60 to 62 years.

Dr Devinder Singh Johl, president of the Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers’ Association, stressed on the need to extend retirement age as it was already provided by the UGC in its notification of 1998.

Since university teachers joined jobs late due to time-consuming PhD, they suffered in terms of social security benefits, that were severely affected due to the shortened length of service.

Prof A.S. Sohi, president of the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers’ Association, said the PAU Audit Department was harassing university teachers and some teachers had been asked to return money even after their retirement who had already got no dues from the university.

Professor Ahluwalia, president of the PFUTA, asked the Punjab Government to release the long-pending grant-in-aid. Dr Balwinder Singh from Punjabi University criticised the scuttling of the democratic process on its campus. University. No elections of teachers association were allowed for the past three years.



Permission blues: PU campus students demand fair play
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Students of the Panjab University campus are up in arms over the denial of permission to use playgrounds for their evening and free time physical activities, including sports.

According to Abhishek Puri, President of Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU), sports authorities did not allow campus students to play on university grounds.

“In the evening or during free time, we cannot play any sport in the campus. For the purpose, we have to get the permission from the Panjab University Campus Sports officials,” said Mr Puri.

“Even we cannot hold inter-departments sports tournaments. As we have been paying Rs 40 and Rs 50 per month as sports fee and sports fund, respectively, we should be allowed to use the playgrounds,” he added.

He also demanded that basic facilities like drinking water, toilets and other sports facilities be provided at the grounds.

On the other hand, former sports director of the PU, Professor D.S. Toor, who is the advisor to the Director, Sports Department, denied all allegations.

Talking to TNS, Prof Toor said, “All the charges are baseless. Nobody stops campus students from using the playgrounds. The one thing we want to ensure is that only campus students use the infrastructure of the university.”

Elaborating further, Mr Toor said, “There is a provision in the university rulebook, according to which outsiders have to pay for using the playgrounds or other paraphernalia of the campus. So we often check the identity cards of the students to prevent outsiders from playing here.”



Conference on anthropology begins
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
A two-day national conference on ‘Biosocial aspects of human growth, development and nutrition’ organised under the Special Assistance Programme of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, began at Panjab University here today.

Prof N.K. Ganguly, Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, inaugurated the conference and drew upon his immense experience to highlight the need for anthropology to play a greater role in the area of health development and nutrition of people.

Prof K.K. Talwar, Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh, echoed the same sentiments and hoped that the subject of anthropology and medical sciences would interact more closely. The academic interaction, he stated, must ultimately translate into better health care.

The academic deliberations were divided into three sessions. The presentations ranged from relating human growth parameters to states of health and disease population profiles, maturational studies, sports, anthropology, sex-related biases in growth patterns and occupational health hazards.



From Colleges
2007 — ‘year of bicycles’
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The two-day training programme for trainers of Peace Clubs of different schools and colleges of the city concluded at the Dev Samaj College of Education, Sector 36, with a vow by all the teachers present to observe 2007 as the ‘Year of Bicycles’ in the city.

Ms Anjana Kapilla, Peace Club incharge of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Karsan, said that according to PGI statistics every third death is due to heart attacks due to our sedentary life-style. The ever-increasing noise, air and light pollution makes the matters worse.

Mr Bahadur Singh Gosal, Project Officer, Education Department, Chandigarh Administration, stressed that to save precious lives lost in fatal accidents, it is vital to curb pollution and get rid of traffic jams and chaos. Lecture

The Science Committee of MCM DAV College organised a lecture on “Molecular Biology and its implication in therapy”. The lecture was delivered by Prof Tapas Mukhopadhya, Professor and Director, National Centre for Human Genome Studies and Research, Panjab University.

He gave a detailed account of various techniques employed in this field. He laid strong emphasis on implication of molecular biology in cancer therapy.

He told students how genetic variations and their principles form the basis of molecular biology therapy of cancer these days. He motivated the students and also answered their queries. Workshop ends

The three-day workshop organised by the Language Forum, GGDSD College, Sector 32, concluded yesterday, with a presentation by Dr Sunila Sharma, coordinator of the forum. Through her thought-provoking talk on the ‘Role of Media in Change of Language’, she managed to stir the audience, as she dwelt upon the power of language and expression in effective communication.

Citing examples from the world of cinema, radio and newspapers, she spoke on how the current mediums of expression were bringing about a vital change in language and its use.



Engg students visit trade fair
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
Students of MBA of the Swami Vivekanand College of Engineering and Technology (SVIET) visited the 26th India International Trade Fair (IITF)-2006 held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, recently.

SVIET CEO Manmohan Garg in a press note yesterday said the aim of the visit was to keep students abreast with new innovations in manufacturing and give them a chance to interact with company executives to learn about their marketing strategies.

Director-Principal Dr C.S. Rao said the theme of the fair was infrastructure, power and communications. Over 34 countries like China, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh and Pakistan and 7,500 persons took part in the fair.

Students went around various stalls set up by companies and organisations like Ocean Development Department, Punjab Tourism, Haryana Tourism, etc. Products related to engineering, machinery tools and dies, automobiles, industrial machinery, refrigeration, air-conditioning, food processing, handicraft, artifacts, rural craftsmen, computer peripherals, etc. were on display.

Stalls showcasing a range of herbal and organic products drew large crowds.



Workshop held

Chandigarh, November 20
The Chandigarh Traffic Police yesterday organised a workshop at the Dev Samaj College for Girls, Sector 45, as a part of the global day to remember road accident victims. A senior officer of the Chandigarh Traffic Police said the aim of the workshop was to sensitise the youth about road safety and inculcate the habit of following traffic rules. They observed 30 seconds of silence to mourn the people who had lost their lives in road accidents the world over.

Mr Harman Sidhu, curator of the Chandigarh Traffic Police website, and Mr Amar Manchanda of the Traffic Awareness Organisation delivered lectures on safe driving. TNS



high court
Notice issued
Our High Court Correspondent

A Division bench of the High Court comprising Mr Justice M.M. Kumar and Mr. Justice M.M.S Bedi has issued notice of motion for December 8 to the Union of India and others on a bunch of writ petitions filed by some disabled soldiers. The petitioners have challenged the denial of benefits of computation of disability percentage to a minimum of 50 per cent for those who have been invalidated out of service prior to January 1, 1996.

A total of 33 writs filed under the legal aid scheme of the All-India Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association, Chandigarh, have been filed by Ex-Sepoy Jai Singh and others who were invalidated out prior to January 1, 1996, as they were not given the benefits of computation of percentage of disability to a minimum of 50 per cent from the same date as per the Ministry of Defence instruction of January 31, 2001.

The circular issued by the Ministry of Defence in pursuance of the Fifth Central Pay Commission provides for computation of disability for those who were invalided out of service either on or after January 1, 1996.

During hearing, counsel for the petitioners stated that the Association had issued notice of demand on May 27, 2002, challenging this discrimination between the disabled soldiers. Despite reminders, the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (P) rejected the claim of the Association.



J-K sex scandal accused get victims’ statements
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
In the hearing of the Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today provided the statements of the victims to the accused in a court here today.

While taking up the case, the District and Sessions Judge heard the arguments of the senior public prosecutor of the CBI on the various applications moved by the counsel of the accused.

In light of the pending pronouncement of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the bail application of the accused, the court fixed December 5 as the date for deciding on the applications moved by the accused.

A counsel for one of the accused pointed out that he was not being allowed to meet his clients in the jail. The court directed him to go by the jail manual.



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