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PAU starts masters programme
International water management course
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The candidates admitted to masters programmes in soils, soil and water engineering and civil engineering at the PAU will be eligible for the seats for the newly established sandwich degree programme on ‘International water management’.

This information was given by Dr V.K.Sharma, Registrar, PAU.

Elaborating the programme, Dr Sharma said it had been formulated under the US-India Agriculture Knowledge Initiative Project.

The project involves collaboration among six US universities, namely, Iowa State University, University of Illinois, Purdue University, Ohio State University, Cornell University and Texas A & M University and three Indian universities, namely, PAU, Ludhiana, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar and University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.

Dr Sharma said the primary focus of the degree programme is to provide students the needed knowledge and skills to meet the water management challenges of the 21st century in areas of water policy, water economics, water conflicts, water quality and water security.

Detailing the programme of work, Dr Sharma said the selected candidates would study for two semesters in any of the six universities of the USA covered under the project subject to the grant of visa and fulfilling the admission requirements of the US universities and the project.

They will be awarded fellowship worth Rs 5000 per month during their programme in India. They will also be paid travel expenses and other living expenses during their stay in the USA as per rules prescribed under the programme.

However, degree will be awarded in the respective discipline by the PAU, said Dr Sharma.

About appointing co-advisor from the partner university, Dr Sharma said the co-advisor so appointed would interact with the host university through internet for the period the student remains in that university. There is also a possibility that a course under this programme may be taught by one instructor in all institutions through the Internet.

Evaluation of such a course offered by an instructor from other university will be done by a co-instructor from this university.

Under the programme, work on water harvesting for groundwater recharge and bio-drainage for salinity control will be done in one of the projects under the principal investigator, Dr Ramesh Kanwar, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Bio-systems Engineering, Iowa State University.

The project aims to develop collaborative research programmes and network of US and Indian universities for joint research in water management. Dr Sharma also informed that the selected candidates for the sandwich programme will have to fill a bond worth Rs 2 lakh.



PAU campaign for custom hiring
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, organised a one-day awareness campaign for custom hiring operators yesterday.

The programme was organised to educate the custom hiring operators on the scope of providing services of laser leveller, happy seeders, axial flow combines, forage harvesters, aero-blast, walk-behind sprayers and multi-crop threshers for maize, groundnut and moong.

The PAU registrar, Dr V.K. Sharma, said the growth of Agro-Industrial Enterprises and cost-effective farm mechanisation were the important tools for enhancing the productivity and production and for improving the socio-economic plight of the rural population. This was very necessary in view of the fragmenting land holding in the countryside and for providing livelihood to the exploding population in the country.

The government policies and programmes should be initiated to promote farm mechanisation and value-addition activities at the village level through custom hiring and cooperative, respectively, he stressed.

“Need of the hour is to ensure easy availability of farm machinery to all categories of farmers at affordable cost, as it enhances timeliness of operation, improves cropping intensity and promote efficient utilisation of scarce and costly resources,” Sharma said.

The head of the department, Dr S.S. Ahuja, said to meet the emerging challenge of doubling the food output by the year 2020, it was important that farmers having meagre resources at their command should be able to drive benefit of farm machinery through custom hiring for raising farm production.

Village cooperative societies could help to establish a base for primary processing activity for value addition of different agro-based product. This would also help in proper utilisation of skill of rural poor at a low cost and provide employment in rural areas and should retard migration to cities. Funds available under the rural employment guarantee scheme could be properly channelised to provide the needed transformation at rural level, he added.

Ahuja also referred to the need of generating employment at the rural base so that the living conditions of the masses improved.



GGNIMT tech conference today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The computer wing of the GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) will organise national conference on "Advances in Computer Technology and Applications" on May 25.

This conference is an attempt to explore the potential of recent developments in various subfields of computer technology. It also aims at developing a broader understanding of how computer technology will spread in the coming decades.

The co-patron of the conference and coordinator of GGNIMT, Gunwant Singh Dua, told mediapersons that the conference was an endeavour to bring together the current status and the direction of the development in the field of computer science on one common platform.

He said Dr Upinderjit Kaur, minister for education, Punjab, would preside over the function. The inaugural address would be given by the vice-chancellor, Panjab University, Dr R.C.Sobti. Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, GNDU, Dr Karamjit Singh Kahlon, would present the keynote address. 



Mangewal girl tops ICSE exam in HP
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 24
Topper of the ICSE Board in HP Rajnoop Kaur feels that the practical knowledge about the working of the state and local body government acquired during her childhood from her grandfather late Harnek Singh Mangewal, former congress minister, enabled her to get 98 per cent marks in the political science paper of Class XII examinations.

Lass of Mangewal village in Ludhiana district aspires to serve the people of her state by doing IAS and acting as a bridge between the government and people of the state. Rajnoop has secured 95 per cent marks in aggregate

“Contrary to a common belief that atmosphere at a politician’s home is usually adverse for studies, I received ample chances to learn the practical aspects of education in general and political science,” said Rajnoop.

Efficient coaching at Auckland House School, Shimla, and inspiration by her parents had fetched her distinction of being the topper in the state and runner-up in the nation, she added.

As her father Kuldeep Singh Mangewal is also a prominent SAD leader, she gets a chance to interact with the various constituents of the political system.

Rajnoop repents over her delayed decision to join a good boarding school.

“Though teaching at schools in Punjab is good, a majority of teachers here do not emphasise on learning and speaking of the English language. As the language is a tool to learn all other subjects, students of Punjab lag behind in national level competitions,” said Rajnoop.

On her future, Rajnoop said she would do graduation from a good college in Delhi and she aspires to serve the people of her native state.



B.Sc in fashion design introduced

Ludhiana, May 24
The Pinnacle Institute of Fashion Technology (PIFT) has introduced a B.Sc. degree course in fashion design in technical collaboration with Sikkim Manipal University (SMU).

The course has started with the V-Sat technology.

The university is recognised by the UGC and Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, incorporated under the State Legislative Act of the Government of Sikkim.

It is one of the professional distance education universities, complying with the V-Sat technology.

The technology helps the students to interact directly with university professors via the V-Sat system with the help of computer/projector/TV, thereby making distance education learning more efficient and practical oriented. — TNS



Beekeeping training programme on at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
An advance Beekeeping Training Course on ‘Bee Diseases, Enemies and Their Management’ is being organised by the Directorate of Extension Education and Department of Entomology, PAU, Ludhiana under the ICAR’s all-India coordinated project on honeybee research and trainings from May 23 to 25.

This course is for extension teachers and scientists of PAU from its KVKs and FASSs in different districts of the Punjab and agriculture and horticulture officers of the State Department of Agriculture and Horticulture.

According to Dr Nachhattar Singh Butter, Head of the Department of Entomology, this training is very timely in the wake of recent Varroa mite and wax moth attack on honeybees and the report of EFB and sacbrood diseases in the bee colonies in the state. This training is directed at providing immediate help and remedy to the beekeepers of the state.

Dr Pardeep Kumar Chhuneja, principal investigator of the ICAR scheme, is the technical coordinator for the training course.

Under this training, the scientists and officers are imparted information on bee diseases and enemies and their management strategies. They are also educated about the causes of the spread of these diseases and enemies. The officer trainees are trained in the techniques of collection of diseased bee/brood samples and their further preparation for dispatch of bee pathology labs for identification/diagnosis.



PAU research projects reviewed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The review team comprising Dr M.R.Thakur, chairman and former vice-chancellor, Dr Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan, Dr C. Singh, Dr S.J. Singh, Dr R.P.Kachru and Dr G.S.Prakash visited Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, to review the progress of work done in the All-India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on tropical fruits.

The head of the Department of Horticulture, Dr J.S.Randhawa, gave the team an overview of citrus research being carried out by PAU and the dominant role being played by citrus cultivation in the diversification of agriculture in Punjab.

Dr H.S.Rattanpal, horticulturist working in the project, informed the team about the overall progress of the project. Dr M.R.Thakur took a keen interest in grapefruit varieties, Ray Ruby and Star Ruby, which seem promising under local conditions. Both these varieties are seedless and have red blush on the skin. Star Ruby fruits have orange skin with dominant red blush and deep crimson flesh.

Dr V.K.Mehan informed the team about the progress made by the disease-free citrus nursery production facility of AICRP on Tropical Fruits. He highlighted the comparative tolerance of Star Ruby grapefruit to dreaded citrus disease Phytophthora.

Dr P.R.Kachru said only plants tested to be virus/disease-free should be sold to farmers and advised the team to develop protocol so that the quality of citrus plants being produced by private nurseries could be monitored.

The team appreciated the efforts of Dr H.S.Rattanpal and Anil Sangwan in introducing new citrus germplasm, who have introduced around 37 new citrus varieties, rootstocks and different strains of rough lemon and rangpur lime from all over India. They also liked the disease and pest management strategies developed by Dr V.K.Mehan and Dr Sandeep Singh.



Ivanna to hold summer workshops
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 24
The Ivanna Institute of Fashion Technology and Hotel Management, affiliated to Punjab Technical University (PTU), today celebrated its fifth foundation day.

Launched in 2002, the institute has been providing value-based education in the fields of hotel management, tourism and fashion technology.

To mark the event, a special get-together was organised for the staff and students.

Director Manmeet Sodhia announced the launch of new programmes in certificate courses of varied streams and durations, special summer workshops and cooking workshops to suit the needs of the school and college passouts.

The institute also announced the launch of its female wear production house under the brand name - Evana.

“Ivanna institute owes its success to the staff and students and I am thankful to all well-wishers, who have stood by us in our endeavours,” he added.



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