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Diversify, farmers told
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 20
"Agriculture today is at the crossroads. The ever-rising population and plateau in foodgrain production calls for a radical change in the present system" observed PAU Vice-Chancellor K.S. Aulakh.

He was addressing scientists, technocrats, executives and manufacturers on the inaugural function of the 20th National Convention of Agricultural Engineers-cum-National Seminar at Punjab Agricultural University yesterday.

More than 200 delegates from all over the country are attending the two-day convention which was jointly organised by PAU Farm Power and Machinery Department and Institute of Engineers, Ludhiana.

Dr Aulakh said diversification in agriculture was the need of the hour and farm machinery could play an important role in promoting diversification. The rising cost of cultivation over the years had greatly reduced the profitability of farmers.

"In order to increase their profitability, we must provide farmers the appropriate technology to diversify", he said. He urged the scientists and the engineers to develop low-cost technology for crop production as well as post-harvest operations for small and medium farmers.

ICAR Deputy Director-General (Engg.) Dr Nawab Ali, who was the guest of honour, said the farmer is the real "Ann Data" as he only provides us food. "All requirements of physiological and physical energy need of human beings are met through food which is produced by a farmer", he said.

Three agricultural scientists, Dr S.R. Verma and Dr. S.K. Sondhi both former Deans, College of Agricultural Engineering and Balwinder Singh, Director of Agriculture, Punjab, were felicitated.

Dr S.R. Verma also delivered a special Rathindra Nath Tagore Memorial Lecture on "Farm Mechanisation for Diversification of Agriculture".

Agricultural engineers of the country who attended the convention included Dr M.C. Gowda, Chairman, Agricultural Engineers Division Board, and Er Surendra Singh, Chairman, Institute of Engineers.

An agro-industrial exhibition was also held on this occasion in which several farm machinery manufacturers displayed their products.



From Schools
Impressive show by students
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
The fourth annual prize distribution function was held at Sutlej Public Senior Secondary School here today. Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar, Guru Nanak Dev University, was the chief guest.

The function, which began with a shabad by students, included patriotic songs, skits and dances.

The programme ended with bhangra.

The hilarious Hindi skit had the audience in splits. Ms Satwinder Kaur read out the annual report.

The kho-kho, football and badminton teams, winners at the district level, were congratulated.

Jaspreet Kaur, the best athlete, was also praised for her efforts. Dr H.S. Cheema presented a vote of thanks.

ELT workshop

A workshop was conducted by Oxford University Press.

Ms Shafali Ray, an experienced ELT expert, was the resource person. Also a member of the penal for the development of functional English in CBSE, Ms Ray encouraged the teachers to consider children as a resource.

Mastery of the language, development of the language skills, extension of LSRW into communication skills, development of study skills and inculcation of literary skills were stressed upon through various activities.

The resource person emphasised the need for giving freedom of expression to the learners to bring out creativity and make learning a joyful experience.

During the workshop, teachers were given activities to enable them to get the feel of the classroom situation. Stress was laid on phonetics, teaching of poetry and spoken English.

Story telling contest

An inter-house story telling competition was organised at Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur, Khanna, today. Students from all four houses - Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore and Tilak - narrated stories.

The Principal, Ms S. George, appreciated and encouraged the participants.

One of the judges, Mrs Monika Shahi, gave her expert comments on the proceedings of the day and told the students that poetry recitation is also an art, so they should inculcate the right style of recitation with proper intonation and rhythm.



Students look for career options at education fair
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 20
The two-day 63rd education fair by Global Events and Expositions started here today.

Students and professionals thronged the venue. Educational institutions like Overseas Education Consultants for Australia, Canada and United States, CIIS Mohali, Apollo Medversity Online and the IAF are providing information on various careers.

Sq Leader Praveen Jha from Air Force Station Halwara said youngsters showed keenness towards the IAF. He said earlier people preferred Merchant Navy and the Army to the IAF, but the trend has changed recently, with more and more youngsters wishing to join the IAF now.

Mr Ajay Sukhwani of Edwise Overseas Education Consultants said getting information on overseas studies had become very easy in the era of globalisation.

Mr Siddharatha Jain, chief marketing operations, Global Events, said 28 educational institutions had participated in the two-day event. Some of the prominent institutions participating include Koge Business College, Denmark, Spain Inn Group, Barcelona, British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce, Planet Education, Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi, Worldwide Education Consultancy, The Legends English village etc.

He said the company got many enquiries from Punjab. "The fair is organised twice at Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Amritsar etc, as parents and students are able to get a lot of information under one roof. "They are directly linked with representatives of the institutions to collect first- hand information and answers to their various queries," said Mr Jain.

Anigha, a class XII student, said this was the right time to choose the profession. "Though we get a lot of information through the Internet, such fairs can provide the real picture.”



Doraha cadets shine in camp at Frour
Our Correspondent

Doraha, January 20
The 19 Pb BN NC, Ludhiana, held the Combined Annual Training Camp (CATC) at Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya, Frour, under the command of Col S.S. Saini, Commanding Officer, 19 PB BN NCC, Ludhiana.

Prof Williamjit Singh, in charge NCC, GNN College, Doraha, said 25 cadets of his college attended the camp in which around 400 cadets of various colleges and schools participated.

He added that Under Officer Harjit Singh of GNN College, Doraha, was appointed Camp Senior. The cadet got gold medal as he was declared best cadet in “Drill for Best in Turn Out”.

On the concluding day, a cultural show was organised in which Col S.K. Barni was the chief guest.

A guard of honour was presented to Colonel Barni. Four out of eight cadets were of Doraha.

Two cadets of the college - Sgt Gurjit Singh and Cpl Harpreet Singh - have been selected for Republic Day Parade at New Delhi for 2007.

College Principal Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu, College Managing Committee general secretary Prof B.S. Pangli and College Director Jaswant Singh Gill congratulated the students and Prof Williamjit Singh for their achievements.



1,700 students showcase talent
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
A Republic Day special inter-school drawing and painting competition was organised by Pidilite Industries Limited, Mumbai, on the premises of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, to promote art and craft among students. As many as 1,700 students showcased their talent. Apart from 1,100 students from BVM Kitchlu Nagar, 600 students from BCM Shastri Nagar, Joseph School Dugri, Guru Har Krishan School Dugri, Bhartiya Vidya Mandir and Udham Singh Nagar also participated in the contest. The participants were divided into seven groups. The results will be announced later.



Bandhu brothers give scintillating performance
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 20
"Music has been God's gift and blessing to me. I honed the God-given talent by training under maestros like Ustad Ashif Ali Khan of Kirana Gharana and learnt 'Sufi music from 'Haji Id Ali Chisti, Raipur. My five brothers and sometimes one of my sons or my daughter accompany us for rendition of 'Kabir Doha Wani' ",said Swami GCD Bharati Bhandu, leader of Bharati Banndhu troupe .

His other brothers G. Vivekananda, G. Yogesh Nand Bharati , G. Punit Krishan Bharati and V. Pawasa Nanad Bharati ably supported the leader of the troupe. They have given 5,000 performances all over India and with their mastery on the Kabir's couplets and bhajans have enraptured the audience at all their concerts, just the way they did today.

Their music effectively revealed the mysticism of Kabir's poetry and his true devotion to God. SPIC MACAY is itself seeking to conserve and promote an awareness of our rich cultural tapestry among the youth of the country through focus on classical arts, music, dance and craft.

The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music , Art and Culture among Youth (SPIC MACAY) had arranged the programme in the Government College for Women here today as a part of its test series for it is celebrating 30 years of its inception.

When asked as to why he chose to sing Kabir's dohas , talking to Ludhiana Tribune , he said," Kabir tells in a very simple way how to reach God without any pretensions. He has great spirituality which is evident from his 'doha'." when asked which was his favourite doha he said as a parent one cannot say who is his favourite child, similarly, all are his favourites as they spell great wisdom in simple language.

He set the ball rolling by asking the students to recite some of the couplets of Kabir and then involved the audience by asking them to sing along with him. The audience was in raptures.

The function was presided over by the college Principal and additional principal, Ms Prabjot Kaur and Narinder Sekhon, respectively. The audience is indebted to Ms Nilam Kapoor, Mr Atul Talwar , Mr P.R. Talwar, Ms Sapna Nihar , members of Ludhiana Chapter of SPIC MACAY for bringing these great artists. Dr Vijay Ashdhir, principal of Kamla Lohtia SD College was also present on the occasion.



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