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Have tie-up with ICAR, farm varsities told
K S Chawla

Ludhiana, Mach 5
The Deans Committee of the state agricultural universities has strongly recommended that it should be made mandatory for each state agricultural university to have linkages with at least one ICAR institute for formal research guidance. Facilities available at ICAR institutes should be extended to research scholars and scientists taken on SAU faculty after accreditation. The development grant should be linked with adoption of this reform.

The report of the Deans Committee of agricultural education in India was discussed at the annual conference of the vice chancellors of the agricultural universities held in Delhi last week.

Dr K S Aulakh, vice-chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, who attended the conference told the reporter here today that the Deans Committee had also recommended integration of teaching, research and extension education at university level.

The committee has proposed a coordination committee and organisation structure to over the integration of teaching, research and extension education.

The committee, while emphasising on the need for having quality faculty, has recommended the continuance of NET as mandatory requirement for initial recruitment (assistant professor and equivalent). Recruitment of 15 per cent of the posts at entry level be made mandatory on the basis of open national selection from outside the state to reduce inbreeding and promote national integration.

Management positions be filled by lateral entry on the basis of national selection for a tenure of five years extendable for two more terms based on performance assessment. Service rights of person joining from outside should be protected. All agricultural universities need to adopt a policy of normally not recruiting faculty having all degree from same university.

While participating in the deliberations Dr K S Aulakh said PAU had a plan to set up soil and water testing labs at all the krishi vigyan kendras and micro-nutrient analysis labs at some inview of the micronutrient deficiencies rampant in different crops in the state.

Dr Aulakh stressed that emphasis was required to be given for achieving higher productivity and income of farmers in both crop and noncrop area.

The Deans Committee felt that efficient governance in state agricultural universities hold key to accelerate quality improvement. Presently certain vital provisions of the SAU act in many universities are at variance to the ICAR model act, 1994 that is hampering the effective coordination between institutions and programmes.

Further with the changing priorities and new demands as a result of globalisation, there is a need to revisit the ICAR model act, 1994, for bringing integration and increased efficiency.

The committee also recommended that for quality education in the country, ICAR should be vested with statutory powers for regulating higher agricultural education. This will ensure effective coordination and development of agricultural education.

The committee has strongly recommended increasing development assistance to the state agricultural universities by ICAR to the extent of 20 percent of its budget.

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Engrossing show by tiny tots
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
Beautiful back drop, colourful dresses, music, and to top it all, little, cute, adorable kids of pre-nursery and nursery classes of Pumpkin School stole the show with their stellar performances at the annual function held on Saturday.

The children performed on nursery rhymes in gorgeous dresses.

Their synchronised steps and actions mesmerised the audience. The children presented nursery rhymes dressed up as Red Indians. The Haryanvi dance, Arabian world, a play based on cartoon characters, were well presented. The performance provided the audience interesting and lighter moments.

Pre-nursery kids acted very well and provided an excellent evening of entertainment.

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Mother tongue best for teaching English: British experts
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 5
Terming mother tongue to be the best tool for teaching English and other subjects, a team of British teachers called upon the educators here to make the subject as simple as possible.

Andrew Harvey, head of department of English, Guru Nanak Sikh School Hayes, London, during his interaction with the Indian teachers at Anand Isher Senior Secondary School, claimed that the basic concepts could not be understood without the help of mother tongue. He called upon the teachers to converse with their students in their mother tongue while teaching fundamentals of English.

According to principal Kartar Singh, Andrew and his associates Deryn Harvey and Gavin Dykes had earlier given tips of language teaching to teachers at a workshop held at school premises on Wednesday. They distributed books published by the Hounslow Education Centre and gave practical lessons to teachers and students.

Referring to information given by the team leader, Kartar Singh disclosed the innovation department of the HEC would open an extension centre at Anand Isher School soon. “And once it is opened students and teachers from rural belt, after receiving coaching. will be able to compete with their urban counterparts,” said Kartar Singh. Rajinder Singh Sandhu, in charge, Guru Nanak Sikh School Hayes, accompanied the British delegation. 

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HCL shortlists  30 students 
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh, March 5
HCL company conducted a training and placement workshop for MCA and B.Tech students on the campus of Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences yesterday. Brijesh, centre manager, Ashish Trivedi, senior manager, and Archana, business development executive, from HCL were the key speakers.

Brijesh and other HCL staff listened to and observed presentations made by students. Group discussions of students were also held. Thereafter, general knowledge and aptitude tests were held. They shortlisted 30 students for training and placement in the company. Around 150 students along with their faculty members participated in the workshop, which continued till late in the evening.

Dr Zora Singh, Chairman, Desh Bhagat Group, inaugurated the workshop and Shalini Gupta, director of the institute, presided over it. 

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LDM Public School students Excel
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 5
Students of LDM Public School, Rampur, have achieved merit positions in the divinity examinations organised by Sikh Missionary College, Ludhiana, recently.

A total of 15 students, including Ramandeep Kaur, Ramandeep Kaur Mangat, Navdeep Kaur, Manpreet Singh, Manjinder Kaur, Gurpreet Kaur, Gurminder Singh, Rupinder Singh, Amanpal Singh, Amritpal Singh, Simranjit Kaur, Harsimran Kaur, Lovedeep Kaur and Kiranpreet Kaur, got merit positions.

These meritorious students were awarded mementoes and certificates by the missionary college. The school too achieved the award of honour for its overall best performance. Principal Pardeep Sharma, congratulated the staff and students.

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Refresher course

Ludhiana, March 5
The department of veterinary surgery and radiology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University, conducted an advanced refresher training course on “emerging trends in diagnostic imaging in veterinary practice” under the aegis of Centre of Advanced Studies (ICAR) from February 8 to 28.

Thirteen scientists from eight states participated and 25 lectures on various topics of diagnostic imaging were delivered. — TNS

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Farewell party organised
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana March 5
Students of computer science department of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, bid farewell to their seniors at a party at the college campus here today. The function was presided over by principal Charanjit Mahal and president of Guru Nanak Education Trust Gurbir Singh.

G.S. Bajwa, professor ophthalmology (VRS), DMCH, was the chief guest. He also delivered a lecture on Eye Care and Eye Ailments.

Students also presented an entertaining cultural programme. The function comprised of several dances, skits and songs. The major highlight of the show was modelling by the senior students. The winners of Miss Farewell were selected after two rounds. In the first round, students gave their introduction and in the second round they answered the question asked by judges.

Charanjit Mahal crowned the winners.

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Insurance Co told to pay mediclaim
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, March 5
Terming the repudiation of a mediclaim of Rs 2,40,000 to be unjustified, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the United India Insurance Company to pay the mediclaim to the aggrieved consumer.

The orders were pronounced by the president of the forum A S Narula while deciding the complaint filed by Komal Jain of Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana. The insurance company was also directed to pay the mediclaim along with 9 per cent per annum interest from the day of repudiation.

It was submitted by the consumer that he had obtained mediclaim policy worth Rs 5 lakh for his family members in November 1999. When the mediclaim policy was taken, he had clearly stated in his proposal form that he had already got done a coronary angioplasty in 1997. So, the policy excluded cover for treatment relating to heart and circulating disorders and for consequences attributable thereto.

After a year, the next policy was issued by the company. But no endorsement was made regarding exclusion of any treatment since he had produced a certificate dated December 2, 2000, issued by CMC and Hospital to the effect that he was normal, added the complainant.

On April 8, 2004 he was admitted to CMC hospital due to health problem. Problem was detected in coronary angiography. He paid Rs 28,000 to the hospital. As per advice of doctors, he got himself operated from the Escorts Hospitals in April 22.

He incurred expenses worth Rs 2, 20,000. He lodged the claim, which was referred to Paramount Health Services, authorised for scrutinising the claim on behalf of insurer. In July 2004 his claim was repudiated. He made representation to the insurance company, who requested the Paramount Health Services to reconsider the matter but the claim was not paid, added the complainant.

While the counsel for insurance company vehemently opposed the contentions of the consumer. Apart from taking several legal objections, he stressed that the consumer was having pre-existing disease, which he not disclosed intentionally in proposal form, at the time of taking the policy in 2001 and thereafter.

After appreciating the evidence on record, the consumer forum observed that in December 2000, the CMC hospital had given the report that the consumer was totally symptomatic and was perfectly normal.

Moreover, the letter written by divisional manager of the insurance company requesting the officials of Paramount Health Services clinched the matter. The said letter clearly stated, ‘ we agree with the observations of the insured and are of the view that he(consumer) was leading a perfectly normal life as late as March 5, 2004 and a request was made to reconsider the case’. So, the repudiation of the claim did not withstand the test of legal scrutiny, further observed the forum. 

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