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Stress laid on parent, teacher interaction
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 1
More than 100 students of the local Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School were yesterday felicitated for their outstanding achievements in academic and extracurricular fields during the past academic year.

K D Sharma, director of the Data Ram Memorial Educational Trust presided over the function and members of the Parent Teacher Association gave away prizes to the winners.

Exhorting students to adopt moral values and ethics as their life styles, speakers stressed that formal education without morality was lame.

They said that interaction of parents and teachers was must. "While the mindset of students may not always be conceivable for learning process, interaction of parents and teachers is sure to fetch desired results,"they said.

Palak Gupta, Baby, Jaspreet Kaur, Neha Bhakkoo, Aman Vir Kaur, Shahbaz, Singh, Navneet Kaur, Iqbal Singh , Sandeep Kaur, Sachin Yadav, Mehak Gupta, Anshul Gupta, Manpreet Kaur, Punit Goyal, Jaskirat Singh, Deepak Kumar, Avan Preet Singh, Gagan Deep Kaur, Kirandeep Singh, Ahsas Dhand, Japinder Kaur, Simranpreet Kaur, Bhavika Maudgill, Harash Goyal, Ajit Singh and Gagan Vir Kaur were among the prize winners.



Investment by FIIs needs monitoring: Study
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana April 1
“When the Finance Ministry is celebrating the growth of foreign institutional investors (FIIs) and investments in the Indian stock market, various doubts have emerged on the role of these FIIs, which need monitoring and evaluation of policies at regular interval.”

This has been stated in the working paper prepared by Prof Ashwani Bhalla of SCD Government College recently. The paper has raised concerns about some of the negative effects of such investments.

The working paper has accepted the premise that India is looked as brand investment destination today with remarkable GDP growth rate of 8 per cent to 9 per cent where as world GDP growth rate was about 4 to 5 per cent.

Foreign institutional investors were showing keen interest and the Finance Ministry was expecting further increase.

In 2006, registration of the FIIs with SEBI had gone up by 27 per cent and the figure rose to 1077 in 2006 as compared to 813 in 2005. Infosys topped the list with investments worth around Rs 42,000 crore (or $9.5 billion). It was followed RIL with Rs 37,413 crore ($8.5 billion) and Bharti Airtel with Rs 32,489 crore ($7.3 billion).

The study has shown that it was not the solid performance of the economy only, which was responsible for hike in the FII interest. There were certain other factors too.

Lack of enough growth opportunities elsewhere and a weakening US dollar (owing to the super power's burgeoning current account deficit) has also been prompting foreign investors to invest in non-dollar assets, which was partially responsible for FII money flowing into emerging markets.

However, any signs of reversal in any of these fronts would be viewed negatively and investors must remain alert, as this reversal would force FIIs to reallocate to better opportunities.

The study has raised many questions regarding the stability of these investments and its absorption in the economy because trend had shown that FII investments were the hot money which, if not given proper returns may create chaos in the economy. The Mexican crisis and the East Asian crisis were classic examples of the damage.

The paper has cautioned to look this issue with proper care. Prof Bhalla stressed:" We should understand the political situation of our country and also the position and sensitivity of political scene in the states. We should not forget that we are living in a democratic country where representative government incorporates the people-friendly policies. In such a situation any capitalistic move may disturb the whole political scene of the country".

Prof Bhalla further added that if we want to become a big power then we need to cultivate a global strategy encompassing investments and politics.

It was high time the government looked at security, of foreign flows and foreign affairs in an integral fashion and constitutes inter-ministerial groupings. Perhaps, experts could develop a geo-strategic approach to our investments abroad and other investments here, said Prof Bhalla.



SDM lays stress on importance of education
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 1
Terming education to be inseparable component of human personality, Dr Indu, SDM, Ludhiana (West) called upon the leaders of various social and educational institutes to impress upon the residents of their area by providing a congenial atmosphere for the learning process of their wards.

While addressing a gathering at an annual prize distribution of Green Valley Public School at local Jandali Road, Dr Indu maintained that learned people were wealthier than otherwise richer but uneducated persons. “While all other physical riches are perishable, knowledge gained through teaching and learning can not be snatched from the master. Anybody trying to do so should first learn how to separate ocean waves from water,” said Dr Indu.

Showing concern over the westernisation of Indian education system Dr Indu recalled that a section of western learners had exhibited inclination towards traditional Vedic and Indian school of thought. “The fact that a large number of European and American people have started attending religious and cultural mega shows in India; should be enough to enlighten us about the significance of yoga, meditation and Vedic teaching,” argued the bureaucrat.

She hoped that investment in the education industry would transform desert of ignorance into greener land of knowledge in the times to come.

The organisers of the school felicitated her for distinguished contribution in various fields during her stay as the administrator in the sub-division of Malerkotla.

Students of the school presented an elaborate cultural program on the occasion. Outstanding performers and academic toppers from various classes were given prizes.

Executive Magistrate Mukesh Sharma, MC president Jatinder Bhola, and Bhushan also spoke on the occasion.



B.Ed students organises quiz
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 1
Students of the Bhutta College of Education (BCED) organised an innovative quiz contest on science and maths.

The quiz was conducted by the Bhutta Science Club and Aryabhatta Mathematics Club using audio-visual aids.

Manjit Singh and Lalit, B.Ed students, were the anchors of the contest.

Various rounds comprised questions from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and general awareness.

The last round comprised questions from the field of entertainment, in which songs were played for the contestants to identify the singers, artistes, music directors etc.

The team of Jasmeen Kaur and Poonam won the first prize, defeating their nearest rival team of Jeevanpreet Singh and Ashwinder Kaur.

The third prize went to Gurinder Singh and Vimal Singh.

Principal Rakesh Chander, while distributing the prizes, said such events improved the general aptitude of the students and their reading habits.



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