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Wrong admissions: probe against college Principal 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
The B.Ed colleges running in the district without following guidelines will have a tough time now, as Panjab University has decided to constitute experts' committees to conduct surprise checks on them. The university will act tough with the colleges found guilty.

Prof Tarsem Bahia, Syndicate and Senate Member, Panjab University, Chandigarh, while giving details on the issue, said that at the recently held Syndicate meeting in Chandigarh, it was decided to act strict with B.Ed colleges which were not functioning in compliance with the guidelines. "The Vice-Chancellor has decided to constitute over 50 committees comprising Senate members and principals to screen the working and infrastructure of B.Ed colleges in the state. The Senate members in the past, too, had shown serious concern over the way of functioning of these colleges but the decision has been taken in this meeting," said Prof Bahia.

Each expert committee would have two or three members, who have been asked to submit their reports latest by December 31. "The surprise checks would definitely help in maintaining the quality education in newly mushroomed B.Ed colleges both in the district and the state," said Prof Bahia.

Meanwhile, the Syndicate also decided to conduct an impartial inquiry against the Principal of Manji Kotan College, near here, for allegedly making wrong admissions in MA economics. An FIR has also been registered against the Principal with the Khanna police. "The classes were started without Panjab University's approval and students were told that they were given admission on a regular basis, whereas the PU asked them (students) to appear privately. Things would be cleared once the inquiry committee submits its report," said Prof Bahia.



Job fair at RIMT-IET

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 20
The RIMT-Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Mandi Gobindgarh, conducted a job fair on its campus today.
Noida-based Hindustan Computer Limited (HCL), one of India's leading global information technology (IT) services companies providing IT solutions, remote infrastructure management services and BPO, visited the RIMT-IET.

Thirtyeight colleges were registered for the joint campus placement event and more than 2,500 students appeared in the recruitment drive. Students from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh participated in the fair.

Parminder Singh of the HCL said the campus placement drive had been organised keeping in mind the talent that Chandigarh and its surrounding areas offered. He also informed that the HCL BPO services currently operate from various locations in India, Malaysia and Northern Ireland. OC



From Colleges
Seminar on Indo-Pak relations 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 20
A UGC sponsored seminar on India-Pakistan ties concluded at Govind National College, Narangwal, here yesterday.
The day seminar was inaugurated by Dr R.C.Sobti, VC, Panjab University. He stressed upon rural education and the need for discipline for the upliftment of a nation. He also released a book, Major Ishak Mohammad Da Naatt Jagat, written by the college Principal, Dr H.S. Gosal.

Dr M.Tahir Salim from Pakistan was the chief guest. He gave the speech in his mother tongue, Punjabi.

Awards of honour were presented to the speakers.

The students of Govt Primary School, Pandori, presented a cultural item.

Punjabi week at GCW

To mark the status of Punjabi as a state language, 'Punjabi Week' was organised by Punjabi Literary Society at the college campus in GCW here recently.

Scholars from the field of education delivered enlightening, instructive and informative talks to graduate and post-graduate students.

Dr Trilok Singh, Dean, Academics Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr Karamjit Aujla, novelist, and Dr Jograj from Kamla Lohtia College were the resource persons.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Anand congratulated and appreciated the efforts put in by the department for organising such functions. He emphasised that the main objective of Bhai Veer Singh's poetry was the journey of the soul towards God.

Dr Karamjit Singh sensitised the students about the pivotal role played by women and said they should be given their rightful place in the society.

Various queries were put forth by the students.

Lecture on Hindi literature

Hindi Society of Kamla Lohtia SD College organised an extension lecture on Hindi literature and responsibilities of students here today.

Phul Chand Manav, Punjab Sahitya Shiromani Award winner, a renowned scholar of Hindi was the resource person. He focussed on the importance of Hindi literature and also talked about a new language (mixture of Hindi and English) used by news channels nowadays. He also paid attention to the declining use of Hindi and suggested various measures to check it.

Principal Dr Vijay Asdhir, speaking on the occasion, appreciated the efforts of Dr Shiv Mohan Sharma and the Hindi Society for their contribution to Hindi literature. Bouquets and mementos were given to the resource person.

GNIMT makes clean sweep

The Punjab Technical University (PTU) has announced its merit list for MBA and MCA final year.

The students placed in the merit list will get their medals and degrees at the convocation to be held on December 8, 2006.

Baldeep Kaur of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology has bagged the gold medal by securing the first position in the university with 89.6 per cent marks. Aneet Batra of the same class secured fifth position by securing 87.8 per cent marks.

Ruma Mehta has bagged the gold medal in MBA final with 88.2 per cent marks. Preetanjan Kaur secured sixth position with 86.8 per cent marks. Prabhjot Kaur bagged eight position with 86.3 per cent marks and Anudeep Kaur secured tenth position with 85.2 per cent marks.

GNIMT has won six positions in the MBA/MCA merit lists of the university. This is for the first time in the history of PTU that both MBA and MCA gold medals were won by the same college. Congratulating the students, their parents and the faculty on this remarkable achievement, Dr (Col) H.S.Singha, Director GNIMT, 
said such a performance was indicative of a high degree of commitment on part of the students and faculty.



Prelims for Ms World Punjaban to be held 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 20
The grand finale of Miss World Panjaban-2006 is underway. Organised by Sabhyacharak Sathh Panjab, the trials to select the contestants will start from tomorrow.

Mr Jasmer Singh Dhatt, founder chairman, and Mr Jagjit Singh, general secretary informed that the prelims for Punjabi girls residing or studying in Haryana and Delhi will be held at Sukho Khalsa High School, Fateh Nagar, New Delhi, on November 21,2006, whereas for participants from Chandigarh, Ropar ,Mohali , Mansa, Fatehgarh Sahib and Bathinda Districts, the prelims would be held on November 23 at Maharani Club, Baradari Garden, Patiala. And girls from Ferozepur, Bhatinda, Faridkot and Muktsar competing for the semis will show their talent at Guru Nanak Girls College, Mukatsar on November 25,2006.

For the districts of Amritsar, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Gurdaspur, Nawanshahr and Tarntaran, the prelims will be held at Red Cross Bhawan, Jalandhar on November 28,2006.

Other states (except Haryana and Delhi) and the districts of Sangrur, Moga and Ludhiana will try their luck to enter the semi-finals at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, on November 30,2006.

Winners of the prelims will be awarded the Miss Panjaban titles on the district level and state level.

The ones selected will compete for the semi-finals of Miss World Panjaban-2006 to be held at Dara Studios, Mohali, on December 2 and 3, 2006. The grand finale will be held on December 16,2006, at GRD Academy, Ludhiana, to be telecast live on Etc, Channel Punjabi and Zee Punjabi. Artists of international repute will enthrall the viewers. Scores of Punjabis from abroad are also coming to take a close glimpse of this ‘Maha Kumbh’ of the Punjabi culture.

Mr Dhatt also told that for the first time, Miss Panjaban Australia and Miss Panjaban Canada had been organized at Surrey, Canada and Sydney, Australia. The winners of Miss Panjaban Australia Ms Japji Khaira and Miss Panjaban Canada Ms Prabhjot Kaur and Miss Panjaban USA Ms Manbir Kaur reached India to participate in this splendid show. 


Workshop on infertility concludes
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 20
Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital organised a two-day training workshop on infertility (Bandhyatava) for practitioners of ISM and under the sponsorship of Dept of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The workshop concluded at New Delhi on Saturday.

Delegates from various parts of Punjab participated in this workshop. Dr Avtar Singh Bhullar, Deputy Medical Commissioner, District Fatehgarh Sahib, graced the occasion. The workshop was inaugurated by Mrs Tajinder Kaur, General Secretary of Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, together with Dr Kumar Swami, Assistant Director, Ayurveda, Yog, Nathropathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. Dr Loveleen Kaur Ahuja, Principle, Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, said the aim of the workshop was to reorient the basic concept with regard to etiopathothgenesis, symptomatology and investigations, integrated approach to treatment and advance techniques of infertility.

Dr (Mrs) Bedi, a renowned infertility specialist from Chandigarh, demonstrated various advanced techniques and shared her views with audience. Dr Susmita P. Otta and Dr Vandana Sandhir briefed about the causes, investigations and treatment modalities of poly cystic ovarian diseases. Dr Anu Gupta explained various pelvic factors of infertility and chronic disease like genital tuberculosis in reproductive organs. Dr Vimala Sannd highlighted the causes and treatment of female infertility. She also explained the treatment of infertility available in Ayurveda texts. Dr Anupama Verma threw light on endomertriosis and its role in infertility.

Dr Kuldeep Kaur Longia, Principal, Desh Bhagat School of Nursing, dignitaries and other eminent physicians attended the workshop. 



Watch your lipid profile or perish !
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, November 20
The people of Ludhiana are fond of sumptuous eating,with wining and dining being their favourite pastime. But is this lifestyle healthy ? The fact is that by turning a blind eye to their lipid profile, they are exposing themselves to serious health risks and a host of diseases due to being overweight and having a high level of cholesterol.

Stating this at a lecture on healthy living here yesterday, Dr Vandana Rajput,a consultant physician and cardiologist at Apollo Clinic, here explained that 'hypercholesterolemia or hyperlipidemia' was an established risk factor for atherosclerotic heart disease. With age, the fat got deposited in the lumen of blood vessels. The presence of risk factors like hypercholesterolemia accelerated this process and caused narrowing of blood vessels.

"The total serum cholesterol in the body should be less than 200 mg/dl. If it ranges between 200-240 mg/dl, it is considered to be borderline high. Hypercholesterolemia can be hereditary or familial. It can also occur as a result of improper diet, obesity, excess alcohol intake, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, uremia or oral contraceptives, she observed.

Dr Rajput said there were four variants of cholesterol - LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins), VLDL (Very Low Density Lipoproteins), TGL (Triglycerides) and HDL (High Density Lipoproteins). "HDL is also called the good cholesterol, whereas LDL, VLDL and TGL are referred to as bad cholesterol. High level of total cholesterol, elevated LDL and TGL, as well as low level of HDL are associated with increased risk of heart disease, whereas a reduction of total cholesterol and LDL is associated with a reduction in the risk of heart disease."

The normal range of LDL, she added, should be less than 130 mg/dl, the TGL should be less than 150 mg/dl and the normal range of HDL should be more than 35 mg/dl. The HDL level could drop below normal due to cigarette smoking, obesity, lack of exercise and steroids. All people above the age of 40 years should undergo screening of lipid profile (testing the total cholesterol, along with the levels of HDL, LDL, VLDL and TGL). Screening should be done at a younger age in people with a family history of hyperlipidemia or Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

She maintained that diet modification was the first and initial step in the correction of hypercholesterolemia. Saturated fats, which included dairy products like cream, butter, ghee and cheese; animal fats like meat, pork, egg yolk, organ meat; and hydrogenated vegetable oils, should be avoided. At the same time, fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grain products should be taken in abundance. Low fat dairy products, liquid vegetable oils and low fat cheese could be taken in moderate amounts.

Dr Rajput was of the view that diet therapy should be tried for at least six months before prescribing any medicines to the patient. "Exercise and an increase in physical activity decreases total cholesterol and TGL as also increases HDL. If secondary causes of hyperlipidemia (like Diabetes Mellitus, hypothyroidism or excessive alcohol intake) are present, they should be treated in order to correct cholesterol levels."

She advised that drug therapy should be considered when LDL was more than 130 in people with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), or when LDL level was higher than 160 in people, who did not have heart disease, but had two or more cardiac risk factors like high B.P., obesity, constant stress, diabetes or advanced age. In any case, those with LDL of more than 190 ought to be put on drug therapy. The goal of drug therapy was to bring LDL level below 100 in people with CHD, below 130 in people with two or more cardiac risk factors, and below 160 in people, who did not have CHD or any other risk factors.



KVM annual athletic meet begins
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 20
The 62nd annual athletics meet of Kundan Viyda Mandir School, Civil Lines and City branch, began today. Padma Shree awardee, Bahadur Singh, declared the meet open.

Bahadur Singh took salute from the participating contingents at an impressive march past. A dance performance by students of the primary section was the star attraction at the inaugural function.

Tiny tots from class LKG to II of the Civil Lines branch and from LKG to VII of the city branch competed in different events. The following are the results of day one: (girls)- frog race- Tanisha 1, Ritika 2 and Osheen 3; long jump- Anmol 1, Diksha 2 and Mansi 3; garlanding the partner- Ishika and Prerna 1, Garima and Geetinder 2; Mehak and Suniti 3; (boys)- frog race- Saksham 1, Naman Chhbara 2 and Shourya Verma 3; long jump- Dinesh 1, Nakul 2 and Nishant 3.



Sutlej Club members take part in Sports Carnival with gusto
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 20
Varun Adya won the squash title for the seventh consecutive year at the Sports Carnival-2006 organised by Sutlej Club here  yesterday.
Mr Priyank Bharti, ADC (D), was the chief guest and gave away the prizes.

During the carnival, competitions in badminton, bowling alley, billiards and snooker, lawn tennis, table tennis, squash, chess and fun games for women and children were held. Children participated in races like chatti race, sack race, potato race, three-legged race, brick race, 50 mt race.

The spouses and dependents of club members participated in games with great enthusiasm.

Ms Meenu Arora welcomed the chief guest and conducted the prize distribution ceremony. Mr Simarjit Singh Nota, sports secretary of the club, was honoured by the badminton players for his outstanding contribution in the sports carnival. Mr Sanjay Arora, general secretary, gave a vote of thanks and congratulated the members who took part in the carnival.



Sports day celebrated with ‘Synergy’
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, November 20
Two schools- SNAS Senior Secondary School and SNAS Model School- jointly celebrated their annual sports day "Synergy - 2006" at the outdoor stadium here yesterday.

Sadhu Singh Dhamsot, Parliamentary Secretary, Home, Justice and Sanik Welfare, inaugurated the function by hoisting the flag. The four houses, NCC cadets, state and national Level players took part in the march past followed by the school band.

Mr Joginder Paul Singla, president of the Management Society & Cashier Pradesh Congress, Secretary B.H. Bassi, Council chief Jagmeet Singh Sahota, Councilor Suresh Babloo, school Principal Usha Sharma, Model School Principal Neelam Malik, Dr Man Mohan Kaushal, Pradesh Congress secretary Joginder Singh Maini, Councilors and parents were present on the occasion.

About 400 players from both the schools participated in the 100 mt and 200 mt races, tug of war, dress changing race, three leg race, relay race, frog race, sack race, banana race, chatti race, matki race, discuss throw and fast walking. 



GNNC Doraha wins laurels
Our Correspondent

Doraha, November 20
Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, which participated in the inter-zonal festival organized at DAV College, Chandigarh, from November 15 to 19 with one of the largest contingents of 108 participants, has won laurels by achieving a total of seven positions in the festival.

The items of Indian orchestra and the play 'Sirjana' were placed in the first position. Devinder Singh individually secured first position in group shabad. Percussion (tabla vadan), classical music (vocal ) and group dance (general) secured second positions, while the group shabad of the college won third position.

Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, Principal of the college, informed that it had been a grand achievement for the college as it had earlier participated in 38 out of 40 items performed in the Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival organized at Doraha from October 13 to 17 and had won commendation in 29 items. "

In total 16 items comprising 108 participants were selected for performance in the inter-zonal festival where the students once again have carved a niche for the institution," he added.



LDCA general secretary bereaved
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 20
Anil Chitkara, younger brother of Mr Vinod Chitkara, general secretary, Ludhiana District Cricket Association, died in a road accident here last night.
He was 40. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

The funeral was held at the Civil Lines cremation ground here this evening. A large number of people, including representatives of sports organisations, political leaders and prominent citizens of the city besides former and current cricket players were present there. 



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