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  • Plato prize for professor
  • Mail bonding
  • Fellowship awarded


One held with cannabis:
The police arrested a person and seized 1.8 kg of cannabis from his possession at Chalet village of Una district police sources today said. The consignment was seized from a person identified as Narender Kumar during routine check in the village. The sources said cannabis was concealed in a plastic bag.


Regional potpourri

Plato prize for professor

Dr Ved Pal Singh
Dr Ved Pal Singh

A noted agronomist of Haryana, Dr Ved Pal Singh, has won the prestigious Plato Award given by the International Biographical Centre (IBC), Cambridge, in recognition of his contribution to society as a teacher.

The IBC has declared 2007 as the Global Year of Learning and named the award after one of history’s most acclaimed teachers whose theorems and philosophies have been handed down the ages. The Plato Award is a part of the year-long celebrations which the IBC will organise in different parts of the world. The IBC has identified around 50 teachers from different countries for this award.

The award, consisting of a Plato Medal of Honour and the Plato Certificate of High Achievement, will be presented to Dr Ved Pal Singh at a ceremony to be held in Washington later this year.

He has been associated with the Department of Agronomy, Haryana Agricultural University, for the past 28 years, and has taught as visiting professor for two years in Mexico.

As many as 120 of his research papers have been published in national and international agronomy research journals.

A prolific writer, Dr Ved Pal Singh has also authored 12 books and been given the Best Teacher Award for 2001-02 by HAU. He served as Vice-President of the Indian Society of Agronomy from 1995 to 1998.

Mail bonding

Subhash Chander Taneja
Subhash Chander Taneja

Journalism teachers usually initiate their students into writing by telling them to write letters to the editors of reputed newspapers.

Subhash Chander Taneja, a resident of Dogran Mohalla in Hisar, is one person who made a foray into the world of writing with editor’s mails. Till date, he has got as many as 1,250 letters published in The Tribune. His first letter, titled “Jingle of Coins,” appeared in the ‘Letters to the Editor' column of the newspaper on April 22, 1978.

“At that time, I was working at Kurukshetra University. Later, I shifted to Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) at Rohtak, but continued to write letters,” says Taneja.

He has maintained a record of his letters from the very beginning to date. Taneja believes that the letters column provides a good platform to the newspaper readers to express their views.

Being a lover of games and having represented the cricket teams of his school and college, he writes mostly about sports. For instance, his 100th letter was published in 1980 under the title “Think of Asiad”. In his 1000th letter published in January, 2000, he congratulated Mathew Sinclair on making a double century in his debut against the West Indies.

Taneja, who is at present serving as a Superintendent at the MDU, says he is indebted to The Tribune for giving him a continuing platform to share his views with the people.

Fellowship awarded

Dr Rakesh Bhardwaj
Dr Rakesh Bhardwaj

Dr Rakesh Bhardwaj, senior Lecturer of Chemistry at Dyal Singh College, Karnal, has been awarded the INSA (Indian National Science Academy) fellowship for 2006-07. Under this fellowship from one of the oldest academies of the country, he will carry out research work in Hungary for three months.

Dr Bhardwaj, the first Haryana college teacher to be honoured by the INSA, is scheduled to work at Debrecen University with Prof. Emre Toth, a renowned scientist working in the field of analytical chemistry and environmental science.

Dr Rakesh says that he will do research on the physico-chemical and spectroscopic studies of liquid mixtures and study the interaction of complex solvents (CO2 mixing with natural waters) in a complex environment under extreme condition of temperature and pressure.

The various techniques for the molecular simulation of the physicochemical properties for the liquid mixture will be tried out during the project.

Contributed by Raman Mohan, Sunit Dhawan and Vishal Joshi

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