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Teachers exhorted to adopt scientific temper
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 26
Calling upon the teaching community to adopt scientific temper in their profession, dean of the Faculty of Languages in Panjab University Deepak Manmohan Singh optimised that ideal education would facilitate students reign the world.

Enhancing infrastructure was not enough to improve education standard until the teachers were trained well, he maintained.

While talking to the Ludhiana Tribune after interacting with students of Bhutta Education College, near here, Deepak Manmohan Singh claimed that a radical change in the attitude of the teaching community was required to achieve desired goal in education.

"Gone are the days when we used to accept whatever our teachers told while teaching. What, why and how; is to be answered at all cost now," said Singh recollecting that teachers used to narrate impractical and unbelievable stories three decades ago.

Singh asserted that teaching aids were equally significant for illustrating various phenomenon which otherwise were difficult. With the passage of time prerequisites for all professions were changing.

"Blackboard and chalk are no more the only symbols of a classroom. Rather it (classroom) should be equipped with models, charts and projectors so that the students should feel closers to objects being taught to them," argued Singh adding coming to the level of the modern world was the need of hour.

Showing concern over declining standard of teaching languages at the school level, Singh apprehended that the trend if not checked would affect the outcome in other subjects at a higher level. 

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Infosys selects 28 KCW students 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
As many as 28 students of various academic streams of Khalsa College for Women have been selected by Infosys, Bangalore, in the joint campus placement programme conducted at the college campus and at CT college, Jalandhar, recently.

Out of 28 students, seven have been selected as junior software engineers in Infosys Technology and 21 have been selected as Executive Operations in Infosys Progeon.

The campus placement drive was a part of the ‘Infosys brand ambassador programme’ under which Ramneek Kukreja of BBA-3rd year was earlier selected as a ‘Brand Ambassador’ for Punjab.

This was the first joint campus placement programme where local colleges PCTE Baddowal, KMIT, SCD government college, KLSD college etc were also invited for placements.

Ms Pooja Chatley, Placement Officer, welcomed the team and introduced the executives to the students. A pre-placement talk was given by the team, headed by Mr Richard and Ms Shruti regarding the remuneration , benefits , career prospects and other requirements of the company.

The presentation was followed by an aptitude test in which 40 students were short-listed and appeared for the interview.

Principal Varinder Kaur Thind applauded the efforts of the placement cell and congratulated the selected students.

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Student educators exhibit skills
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
The Malwa Central College of Education for Women organised Panjab University Inter-Zonal 'Skill-in-teaching' and 'On-the-spot preparation of teaching aids' competitions under the guidance of principal of the college Dr Ravinder Kaur here yesterday. More than 150 students and 32 B.Ed colleges from four zones i.e. Moga, Muktsar, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur affiliated to Panjab University participated in the day-long competitions under the observation of Dr H.S. Gosal, fellow, PU and principal G.N. College, Narangwal.

The students exhibited their skills in teaching of English, Hindi, Punjabi, mathematics and science. Besides this, students prepared models on various topics like pollution, village heritage, Punjabi culture, rural life-styles were appreciated by all.

Principal Khalsa College for Women Varinder Kaur Thind was the chief guest. She appreciated the students' performance and encouraged students to adopt these modes of teaching when they actually join various schools as teachers.

Principal of the host college honoured the chief guest and the observer with mementoes. Vice-principal Davinder Sandhu proposed a vote of thanks. The competitions were organised by Tarlok Bandhu.

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From Schools
A novel experience
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 26
Kite Flying Day was organised at Chanda Mama School, here, today. Since the kids were too young, it was not possible for them to fly kites like adults, so the principal came out with a brilliant idea. The gas-filled balloons were tied up with doors and children were thrilled to fly the balloons like kites. The novel experience proved to be a great hit with the children.

Shoes distributed

The Sanjeevani Welfare Society distributed shoes among the 60 needy students of Government High School, Salem Tabri, here, today. Member Amarpal Singh, president, Ashwani Lamba, vice- president and other members were present. Principal Ranjeet Singh thanked the members of the society.

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Conference on inclusive education 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 26
A one-day national conference sponsored by Panjab University, Chandigarh, was organised at the BCM College of Education, Chandigarh Road, here, on Saturday. The subject of the conference was "Inclusive education- a developmental approach" under the millennium development goal of “Education for All.”

Dr H.S. Soch, former vice-chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, was the chief guest. The major lectures of the conference included “Overcoming exclusion through inclusive curriculum approaches in Education” delivered by Dr Raj Gupta, chairperson, Department of Education, PU, Chandigarh, “Technical and vocational education for the disabled persons” by Prof J.S. Saini, chairman, Centre for Physically Challenged Persons, NITTT, Chandigarh, and “Inclusion in conventional higher education courses- research and development” by Dr Kulwinder Singh, reader, Department of Education, Punjabi University, Patiala.

The resource persons were of the view that achieving the ‘Right to Education’ for persons with disabilities was a challenging task, but was entirely necessary to achieve the millennium development goal by the target year 2015. The goal will only be achieved when all states recognise this universal right.

It is the duty of teacher educators world over to think of competencies of existing teachers to handle the children with special needs in their classes. "To achieve inclusion we need to think and work together and collaborate with each other. This seminar is conceptualised to bring forth the educationists to a common forum which may be helpful to prepare well-defined strategic plans to meet the challenges in context of inclusive education," said Dr Soch.

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Students bid adieu to seniors
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 26
Students of New Secondary School, Civil Lines, organised a farewell party for outgoing Class XII here today. The function was presided over by principal, V.L. Patel. Director Ashok Setia and members of the school management and attended the function. The function started with lighting of a lamp followed by Saraswati vandana. After that, there was fun and frolic.

The principal in her message asked the students to have a broad outlook in life, build strong character with qualities of head and heart and have a sense of patriotism.

Meanwhile, a farewell party was also organised at BIS (N) Senior Secondary School, here, today to bid adieu to the students of Class XII. The programme started with recitation of a shabad. Thereafter, Class XI students welcomed their seniors and offered each one of them a rose bud.

They presented a cultural programme for their seniors. Principal Aneeta Kundra wished them good luck for their forthcoming examinations.

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Dazzling Founder’s Day at Doraha college
Tribune News Service

Doraha, February 26
The Doraha College of Education celebrated its Founder's Day in the memory of Sant Kartar Singh Ji Kamaliawale with great zeal, fervour and devotion. Sant Kartar Singh Ji settled in Patiala after the Partition and dedicated his entire life to the service of humanity, education and Sikh religion.

The function started with 'shabad kirtan' by Bhai Kirpal Singh Ji, Hazoori Ragi, Sri Darbar Sahib. College students then presented a shabad 'Jap man Jagannath' in the stipulated raag.

The Director of the college, Amrit K. Gurm, welcomed the guest of honour, Prof Amarjit Singh Dua, Panjab University Senator and former Dean, GNDU, and other guests who included Tejparkash Singh Kotli, Dr A.S. Bansal, Director, Bhutta College of Engg and Tech, Dr H.S. Gurm, Vice-Chairman, Bhaddal Institute of Engineering, Dr Chandermohini, Principal, Satyam College of Education, Harnam Kaur, President, Municipal Council, Doraha, and Mrs Umal Kaur, Director, Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha.

The Principal of the college, Jagjit Kiran Gera, read out the annual report of the college highlighting the achievements of the students in different fields.

She also highlighted the efforts of the college in bringing the college closer to the community by adopting Doraha village for community and social work.

The co-operation of schools in which students went for their teaching practice was also appreciated. D.S. Gosain, Principal, Sarswati Senior Secondary School, Manjula Vinayak, headmistress, Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School among others were presented with a token of appreciation by the college.

Prof A.S. Dua also honoured students for their achievements in the inter-college competitions , Punjab University.

In skill-in-teaching competition, zonal-Level, held by Panjab University, Jaspreet got the first prize for commerce while Shalini Sidhu Bagged the second prize for Maths.

In teaching-aid preparation competition, Kuljit Kaur got the first prize for commerce, Nidhi got the second prize for Maths and Ruchi got the third for English.

Students who won prizes in Panjab University youth festival and the running trophy at Satyam college of Education, Moga, were also honoured.

Prof A.S. Dua appreciated the efforts done in the direction of higher education for the girl child. In his address, he congratulated students for their academic and cultural achievements.

He exhorted the students to follow the path laid down by the founder Sant Kartar Singh Ji, the path of honesty, sincerity, hard work and dedication. 

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328 students felicitated
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 26
As many as 328 students of Guru Harkrishan Girls College and Collegiate School, Phallewal, were felicitated at the annual function organized on the college campus on Sunday.

The function was presided over by Mr Labh Singh Ahluwalia, chairman, while Devinder Singh Garcha, president, Indian Overseas Congress (Canada) was 
the chief guest.

According to Amarjit Singh Sidhu, managing director of the trust, the students were felicitated for their outstanding performance in academics, sports, extra curricular activities, NCC and NSS.

An elaborate cultural programme was presented by the students on the occasion. Songs, poems and skits highlighting effects of social evils, including female foeticide, dowry and addiction were appreciated by all. Malwai giddha by boys and bhangra by girls thrilled the spectators.

Impressed by the performance of the students, Garcha made a monetary donation to the cultural society of the college and school.

Dr Sujata and Rachna Sidhu, principals, Sukhdev Singh Walia, president, Truck Operators Union, and Harjinder Singh Nathumajra applauded the prize winners. 

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