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Poultry conference to focus on rural employment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
The Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, will host the 14th conference and national symposium of the Indian Poultry Science Association (IPSA) from April 25 to 27. As many as 300 scientists from state veterinary universities, veterinary colleges and institutes related to poultry production and health from all over the country will participate in the conference. .

The theme of the conference is “Poultry production for rural employment and nutritional security.” The conference is expected to provide a platform for discussion on the technical and practical issues related to the poultry farmers.

A ‘farmer-industry-scientist-interaction’ session will be held on April 25. As many as 200 progressive poultry farmers from north India are expected to participate.

The conference will have 11 technical sessions, consisting of breeding, genetics, biotechnology, feeding strategies, economics, marketing and processing.

The conference will be inaugurated by A.L Chaudhary, president of the Veterinary Council of India. 

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Chefs in demand Down Under, says Randhawa
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, April 17
“There has been a great demand of chefs in Australia and this is perhaps the major reason why Indian students were opting for hospitality industry”, Param Randhawa, a manager of International Business Development, Box Hill Institute, Melbourne, Australia, said here today. Randhawa was part of an Australian Trade Commission delegation, which organised a day-long vocational education and training exhibition in the city in collaboration with the International Development Programme (IDP), India.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Randhawa said their Institute had a strength of 37,000 students, and out of which 2,000 were students from 57 countries. The hospitality courses, including hospitality (supervision), advanced diploma of hospitality management, commercial cookery, patisserie, baking and kitchen operations were in great demand with Indian students. “Besides, the institute offered courses in accounting, human resources, international business, marketing, office administration, public relations, sport management, motor mechanics, floristry, hair dressing etc”, said Randhawa.

Indian students also preferred the health and community services. He further added that Australia, the UK and the USA attracted the students the most. “As far as the cost is concerned, Australia is cheaper and a more tolerant country. The people from other countries fit in society easily and there are less problems”, claimed the representative of Box Hill Institute.

Anita Abbi, a manager of the IDP, Chandigarh, said the organisation was holding education exhibitions in India for the past 13 years. She said this event attracted students, who were looking for courses in areas like nursing, cookery, horticulture, community welfare, engineering, information technology, accounting, automotive and many more, which had a major demand in not only Australia but also all across the world. She said the IDP Education, Australia, was the largest recruiter of foreign students for Australian educational institutions.

Abbi said the IDP was focused on south India in its first phase and now it was focusing on the northern region. She added that under the new immigration plans, students who graduated from Australian institutions would now be able to apply for temporary work visas in Australia.

A group of 20 educational institutions from Australia specialised in vocational education and training participated in today’s student recruitment exhibition. The institutes that participated included the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, the University of Ballarat, the Charles Darwin University, Hotel School, Sydney, the Education Access Australia, the La Trobe University, the Education Group, the Austech Institute for Further Education etc. The exhibition generated a good response.

Arpita, a Class XI student of Sacred Heart School, said many of her doubts regarding education in Australia were cleared on the spot. Such exhibitions must be organised on a regular basis, she added.

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Decades-old feud ends; parcharak sabha reconstituted
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Services

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 17
The unanimous reconstitution of the management committee of the Ahmedgarh Vidya Parcharak Sabha today, running three major educational institutes in the town, brought an end to a decades-old political rivalry among two factions led by Ravinder Puri and Rajnish Sharma Guddoo, a Congress leader and former OSD to a former Chief Minister.

The unanimity was possible due to the persistent efforts of Mann Singh Garcha, a senior SAD leader and brother of former minister Jagdish Singh Garcha.

Terming the development as a milestone in the rejuvenation of development progress in the town, leaders of various social and educational organisations welcomed the move that ended the decade-old bitter feud.

Rajnish Sharma Guddoo was elected president of the committee led by Ravinder Puri, a former councillor. Mahesh Sharma was elected secretary while Kedar Nath Kapila was elected manager. Kailash Sharma (vice-president), Surinder Tayal (cashier) and Abhay Jain (auditor) were also declared elected unopposed.

Mangat Rai Jain, Amrit Lal , Vijay Kakria, Ravinder Puri and Mahesh Sharma had earlier submitted their resignations from the posts of president, secretary, manager, vice- president and auditor, respectively.

This had paved way for the reconstitution of the committee unanimously, thus bringing an end to decades long factionalism in the organisation and other constitutional and political organisations.

The sabha runs MGMN Senior Secondary School, Janta College for Women and Lal Bahadur Shastri Public School. About 3,500 life members of the sabha elected 11 members of the management committee after five years.

The factionalism had earlier forced both groups to waste energy and money in legal battles. The Supreme Court had to intervene in a case and an election was conducted under the supervision of an observer appointed by the apex court.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Garcha appreciated cooperation extended by local leaders, who according to him, were fed up with the long physical and psychological ordeal. He called upon office-bearers of various social and education organisations to felicitate the working of the committee and the continuance of development projects started by earlier committees.

Hargurchet Singh Dhaliwal, a former chairman of the committee, Rameshwar Dass Sharma, a former manager, Surinder Sharma, a former patron, Pardeep Sharda, principal, Chiter Rekha Sharma, councillor and managing director of Janta College, and Surinder Kaur, principal, were among those who welcomed the development.

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From Schools
Sacred Heart students win prizes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 17
Students of Jesus Sacred Heart School, south city, bagged the consolation prize and the best costume prize at the inter-school bhangra and giddha competitions held in Mohali recently. This added colour to the Baisakhi celebrations held in the school yesterday. Displaying talent, the students depicted the rich cultural heritage of Punjab, spreading the message of universal love and brotherhood. All participated with great zeal and fervour.

Ambedkar jayanti celebrated

Lord’s Divine International School, Noorwala Road, held a function to celebrate Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s jayanti here on Monday. The function took off with the lighting of a lamp, which was followed by singing of ‘Vande Matram’. School principal H.C.Gupta presided over the function. The vice-captains of four houses, Newton House, Einstein House, Galileo House and Aryabhatta House, read out papers on the life of Dr Ambedkar.

An inter-house paper reading contest based on the life and achievements of Dr Ambedkar was also held. Radhika (Newton House) stood first, while Sonam (Galileo House) and Gargi (Einstein House) came second and third, respectively.

The principal gave away prizes to all winners. He spoke briefly about the life of Dr Ambedkar. The function ended with the recital of the National Anthem.

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