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Medicinal plants can enhance income, farmers told
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 4
A senior agronomist of the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhaina, S.S.Saini, has advocated cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants to enhance farm income.

He was addressing a gathering of farmers at a state-level meeting of the Punjab Kisan Club.

He said precision farming of this kind could ameliorate the small farmer's economic condition. Information regarding this could be obtained from the Department of Agronomy, Agrometeorology and Forestry, PAU.

Avtar Singh of the same department gave tips on right cultivation of paddy. K.K. Vashisht, another scientist, explained that water could be saved by cultivating cotton on beds.

He also apprised of the water needs of maize in different climates depending on the soil type. About moong, he said watering should be done 25 days after sowing.

Narinder Pal Singh, business manager of PAU, highlighted the significance of farm literature for agricultural and rural development.

Pavitar Pal Singh Pangli, president, Punjab Kisan Club, informed about the future plans of the club. He asked the farmers to shun conservative attitude and to adopt scientific agriculture.



From Schools
BCM holds annual meeting of principals
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 4
The annual meeting of principals of various CBSE Sahodaya schools of Ludhiana was held at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, here today. The meeting not only discussed the latest developments and changes introduced by the CBSE, but also enabled principals to contribute significantly to revamp school education with a clear thrust on excellence.

Nearly 35 principals of schools in and around Ludhiana attended the meeting. All major components at the school stage in terms of academic standards, physical components and financial aspects laying down minimum level of learning, infrastructural inputs, innovative programmes, qualitative improvement in curriculum and evaluation system were discussed.

The fixtures for all forthcoming Sahodaya school competitions were also discussed and finalised during the meeting.

Annual function

Kendriya Vidyalaya, Baddowal Cantonment, celebrated the annual day of the school here yesterday. Col Rajive Thakur, Deputy Commandant, 17 FAD, was the chief guest.

Sunita Thakur gave away prizes to the winners. Principal Nisha Yaday read the annual report.

The programme began with “Saraswati vandana,” followed by a welcome song. A “birthday party” was held by tiny tots. “Krishna Ras” was the main attraction of the function.

English and Hindi one-act plays entertained the audience. Bhangra was performed, in which the chief guest also participated.



GADVASU seeks more funds for research
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 4
The Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVDASU) has demanded adequate funds for strengthening teaching and research in the university.

The demand was raised by the vice-chancellor, V.K. Taneja, during his meeting with S.C. Aggarwal, financial commissioner, animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries, who was on a visit to the university today.

Taneja stressed on the need of more funds for strengthening teaching, research, diagnosis and other facilities for students and livestock owners. Various problems being faced by different departments were also raised at the meeting.

Aggarwal and other members of the team visited the departments of Veterinary Medicine, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Parasitology, Microbiology, Pathology, Anatomy and Histology of the College of Veterinary Science and took note of various facilities available for teaching and research.

They also visited the units of veterinary clinics and Radio-Immuno Assay(RIA) Laboratory and were made aware about different facilities being provided for the diagnosis and treatment of animals. The team also visited the dairy farm, rabbit farm and Livestock Product Technology Laboratory.



Posts in govt polytechnics to be filled: Minister
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 4
Minister for technical education, industrial training and social security Chaudhary Swarna Ram has disclosed that all vacant posts of teacher/instructor in government polytechnics in the state would be filled after the Budget session to improve the quality of education in these organisations.

He was addressing students at the prize distribution function of the Government Polytechnic for Girls, Maharishi Nagar, here, today.

The minister called upon the student to acquire excellence to get placements in the corporate sector. He said the government had decided to revamp the technical education system to make it relevant to the needs of the advancing technology in the industrial sector, so that the trained youth could capture their share from the enormous job opportunities created at the global level.

He said now it was the right time to review the technical training programme in consultation with corporate sectors, so that the youth could be given training as per the needs of the industry and service sector.

The minster exhorted the youth to acquire excellence in their respective vocations, so that they could compete with their counterparts from all over the world.

He warned that the tendency of absence from the institutions would not be tolerated and he would make surprise checking in the institutions in various districts.

Appreciating the achievements of the students of the institution, he said sports was an essential ingredient for channelising the energies of the youth, which make them stout and healthy to face all kind of challenges and competition in life. He said that the sports and cultural activities improve discipline among the society and our cultural heritage was extremely rich with the moral and social values.

He said without creating strict discipline, it was not possible for the country to make fast advances. The role of teachers was of a model for the students and they should perform their duties of creating a healthy society by inculcate moral values, spirit of patriotism, sacrifices and service among the students and appealed the students to accord full respect to the teachers, who enlighten their lives with education and knowledge.

H. K .Toor, principal of the institution, highlighted the achievements of the students.



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