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GGSSC adopts village to spread farm technology
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 14
Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Model Town Extension, has adopted Landha village of Ludhiana district for transfer of agriculture technology to the village through retired experts of the Department of Agriculture, PAU.

Dr Iqbal Singh, director of Social Empowerment and Economic Development, has arranged experts like Dr S. S. Sokhi, Dr Mohinder Singh, Dr Amarjit Kaur, Dr Jaswant Singh, Dr Daler Singh and Dr Baldev Singh.

Bayer India will participate in this programme.

Experts will discuss rice technology, processing of agriculture produce, insect pests and diseases and agriculture policies.

The farmers will learn water-saving technique through ridge-furrow cultivation in rice plantation.

Farmers of the village are forming a club to share their problems. GGSSC will be the patron of the club.



NRI farmer does well in Canada
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 14
Like many other Punjabi youths, he had to do petty jobs when he landed in Canada after surrendering graduation at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College two decades ago, but he is now the proud owner of agricultural farms spread in 2500 acres of land (including hired farms spread in 1400 acres) and dairy farms (400 cows), poultry farms (60,000 birds) and piggery farms (6000 animals) in Canada and the USA.

“Don’t feel ashamed of doing labour and count only your value and not that of your parents and relatives is the key to my success,” he says.

Navtej Singh Gill, son of LBP chief, Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, felt no hesitation in disclosing that he had to do petty jobs in Canada when he had reached there after doing BA (I) at SCD Government College Ludhiana about two decades ago.

“When father who is now a globally known statesman, did not feel shame in distributing letters for a postman at our native village, during his school times to earn a meager amount of Rs 20 why should have I hesitated to do routine jobs to establish myself in a country thousands of miles away from homeland,” justified Gill, claiming that he had never tried to harvest his father’s political position.

Terming traditional agricultural practices of Punjab as non-remunerative, Gill called upon the farmers of the state to adopt animal husbandry as the main profession instead of a supplementary profession. Citing many examples, he claimed that a substantial number of Punjabi farmers here and in Canada, who had earlier gone bankrupt due to imbalance between input and output in traditional agriculture had later revived their economic position by adopting animal husbandry as the main occupation.

Gill pointed out that lack of latest occupational knowledge was another cause of failure. “Though we have succeeding in rearing cows yielding 100 litres of milk daily, we do not feel contented as the average comes out to be around 50 litres per day. I devote two to three hours daily on reading scientific papers and journals in the subject so that the latest technology could be implemented at our farms,” said Gill, adding that Punjabi farmers should also try to acquire maximum knowledge in their field. 



From Schools 
20 SDP school students attend 1857-Uprising function 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 14
As many as 20 students from SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal, along with their programme officer Rajesh Kapoor participated in a programme titled ‘Jang-e-Azadi’ held in New Delhi.

The programme was organised by the ministry of youth affairs and sports.

The function was held to commemorate 150 years of the First Freedom Struggle of India. The march culminated at Red Fort. The President and Prime Minister addressed the students, who had come from all parts of India, on the occasion. Mr Manishankar Aiyer, minister for youth affairs and sports met the students and asked questions about the development of their district.

Fun week

The fun and activity week celebrations concluded at Cherry Fields School here today with a prize distribution function.

Throughout the week children took part in colour day, fruit and vegetable day and computer day activities. On colour day the students wore different colours, on vegetable day the teachers made attractive sandwiches using colourful vegetables.

The following were the winners of different contests organised during the week: Ravneet , Jasleen, Sukhman, Gursharan, Risabh , Harshita, Karamvir, Manmeet , Radhika and Eshika.


An ‘Art of Living’ seminar for teachers of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Shaheed Udham Singh Nagar, was organised today. It was organised by a team comprising Sumit Mahajan and Anil Mehta. The teachers were given tips how to handle students in the class, to bring about emotional development of teenagers and to deal with corruption prevailing in the society .

Mother’s Day

Mothers Day was celebrated at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Dugri, Phase 1, here on Sunday.S. Verma, director of all the schools and colleges being run by the SDP Sabha, was present on the occasion.

Mothers were invited on the occasion and were showered with love and affection by their children. The Head Girl of the school Akriti, a student of Class V, read out the history of Mother’s Day and other students read out quotes to express their love, respect and fondness for their mothers. Action song by nursery and KG students was appreciated by all. 



From Colleges
3 LCET students get campus jobs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 14
Three mechanical engineering students of the Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET), Katani Kalan, were selected for jobs by Hero Cycles today. The students are Micheal Sawhney, Sahij Paul and Sumit Sharma.

Y.N.Gupta, senior vice-president (R&D)of Hero Cycles, Amit Bhatia, and J.C. Verma conducted the rigorous selection process at the campus. The shortlisted students were called for the final round of interview at the Hero Cycles campus. The selected candidates would be appointed as trainees for six months at a salary package of 1.4 lakh per annum.

Workshop for students

Sanmeet Sidhu, zonal manager, IMS, held a CAT awareness workshop today. More than 150 students were made aware about different exam patterns and the changes that were introduced every year to judge the students’ competence, capability and time and stress management skills. Students were introduced to the IMS-ICAP advantage course.

The workshop was followed by a question-answer session with the experts.

Career management

To ensure smooth transition of a student into a successful entrepreneur or an executive, the career management centre of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management was established this year. Special workshops on self-assessment, resume writing, interview skills and building corporate and interpersonal skills had been conducted from time to time to help the students.

The career management centre had also facilitated campus recruitment. DELL Computers, Cholamandlam Insurance Company, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, Ujjas Advertisers and New Modern Steel Industries had shortlisted 23 candidates as executives. 



Teachers sore over postponement of vacations
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 14
Resentment prevails among college lecturers over Panjab University’s decision to relieve teachers of the colleges affiliated to it on May 30 for the summer vacation. The teachers said in the absence of any work in colleges these days, they were just sitting idle for two-three hours. They said both Punjabi University and Guru Nanak Dev University had already relieved the teachers whereas Panjab University had postponed the summer vacation of teachers.

This time is given to teachers for preparing their lectures for the next academic session. Being in the profession for decades now, we are experienced enough to know our duties. We also need a break. 

The classes as well as the examination process is already over in the colleges. The evaluation process of arts and science stream is on but it has nothing to do with the vacation, said the teachers. Prof Ashwani Bhalla, general secretary, Punjab Commerce and Management Association (PCMA), said a majority of lecturers were free at this time. He said evaluation process of commerce courses had already been completed. “But we have to go to college, mark our attendance without any purpose. This time is given to teachers for preparing their lectures for the next academic session. Being in the profession for decades now, we are experienced enough to know our duties. We also need a timely break”, said Prof Bhalla.

Prof Jaipal Singh, president, Punjab Government College Teachers Association (PGCTA), said teachers were always available in case of any requirement. “Results of all classes will be declared by the end of May or the beginning of June. The admission process starts in July-August so right now teachers have absolutely no work in colleges.

In this scorching heat, they go to mark their attendance and chat around. Earlier, university used to relieve us on May 13 but this time they have postponed our vacation for no purpose”, he said.

It may be mentioned that worst affected are the school teachers. They will be relieved on May 30 till June 30. In-between, the school teachers have been asked to attend various seminars under the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan. “Our vacations have been curtailed to just 15 days. Government should understand that we also need a break and rest to be refreshed. The government is treating us as bonded labourers”, said Amarjit Dhaliwal, a primary teacher in a government school at Basti Jodhewal.



Results of all classes by June 20, says Sobti
Our Correspondent

Doraha, May 14
Principals of various rural colleges of Ludhiana district held a meeting with vice-chancellor of Panjab University prof R.C. Sobti at Mata Ganga Khalsa College for girls, Kottan, Ludhiana, today. Prof Sobti was accompanied by principal B.D. Budhiraja, dean, college development council, prof Naval Kishore, and Dr Dinesh Sharma, and Tilak Raj Wadhwa at the meeting.

Around 32 principals of colleges affiliated to Panjab University from Ludhiana district participated in the meeting. Dr Sobti listened to their grievances and assured them of all possible help.

Prof Sobti said results of all Panjab University courses would be made available on the university website. A single window enquiry system was already in existence where students could give their complaints. He further assured that the results of all classes would be declared by June 20.

Keeping in view the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High court, Prof Sobti said the process of the affiliation of the college would be completed by May 15.

He said an examination mela would be organised at Panjab University to solve the problems related to examinations.

The vice-chancellor asked the principals to send their suggestions in writing regarding the growth of private academies.

He assured the principals of all possible help in solving their problems.

Dalmegh Singh, secretary, SGPC, thanked Dr Sobti on his maiden visit to the college. Principal Manjinder Kaur presented the vote of thanks. 



Prof Beating Case
Court reserves orders on bail plea
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 14
The court of additional sessions judge Gurbir Singh today reserved orders on the bail application of a student of Arya College for boys, who is allegedly involved in the much talked about prof Kamal Kishore beating case on the Arya College campus.

After hearing the arguments, the judge reserved the orders on the bail application for May 16.

Seeking the grant of the bail, the lawyer of accused student Gurvinder Singh, alias Gurinder, claimed that his client was innocent.

He argued that his client was in jail for many days and no useful purpose would be served by detaining him behind the bars, as the conclusion of trial would take a long time. Whereas, additional district attorney M.L. Solanki stressed that keeping in view the sensitivity of the case, the accused should not be bailed out.

It may be recalled that a case was registered against four unknown persons at division No. 8 police station on April 28 following an assault on prof Kamal Kishore, who was superintendent of examinations at Arya College. Following injuries, he was hospitalised in the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. The teaching fraternity had strongly condemned the incident. The accused student is behind the bars since May 1.



Contests mark Nurses’ Day celebrations
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 14
Various activities such as panel discussion, quiz, debate and poster-making competitions were held all through the week to mark International Nurses’ Day at SPS Apollo Hospital here. The programme culminated on Sunday with an impressive prize distribution function, followed by dinner for the entire staff.

The concluding function was presided over by Sister Soosamma Varghese, nursing superintendent, who focused on the theme “Quality at Workplaces Leading to Quality Patient Care”.

Earlier, she extended a warm welcome to chief guest of the function and director of the hospital Jugdiep Singh, who lighted the traditional lamp . The nursing staff was administered the traditional “Nurses Pledge”.

Speaking on the occasion, Jugdiep Singh dwelt upon the endeavour of the institution to attract and retain a staff of well qualified nurses and to provide consistent quality care. He said Apollo was striving to become an organisation of choice for the nurses as it encouraged life long learning by supporting professional development and mutual sharing of knowledge.

Dr S.P. Singh, COO, highlighted three factors for positive environment which were a culture of safety for nurses and patients, organisational support for life long learning and leadership.

Director of medical services G.L. Avasthi emphasised the need to make strategies for continuing education and upgrading recognition programmes along with maintaining sufficient equipment and supplies in a safe working environment .

Sandeep Kumar and Sukhwinder Kaur won the first prize in quiz competition and in painting contest Sandeep Kumar got the first prize. In competency assessment Sukhjeet Kaur was awarded the first prize while the whole of medical ICU team got the first prize for hand-washing compliance.



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