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Rural upliftment: PAU scientists form NGO
K S Chawla

Ludhiana, May 28
The retired scientists of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have decided to share their know-how with the farmers through the internet.

For this purpose, an NGO called Centre for Agricultural Research and Rural Development (CARRD) has been formed by the scientists in association with the website www.freeweb.com /carrd. Retired professor and head, Department of Economics, Dr Joginder Singh, soil scientist Dr V K Nayyar and biotechnologist Dr J S Sidhu have been elected president, vice-president and secretary of the organisation.

Dr Joginder Singh and Dr J S Sidhu said here today that the main purpose of the organisation was to address various problems faced by the farming community and to work for sustained agricultural and environmental development.

They said they would work hard for the betterment of the rural community. They said CARRD would also be conducting research and trials to find solutions for problems faced by the rural population.

The first technical meeting of the organisation discussed in detail the process of marketing fruits and vegetables. A strong need for farmers’ organisations for marketing the produce was felt at the meeting. They also discussed how the produce should be graded and sold according to the consumer’ s pockets to get maximum sales.

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PAU announces entrance test schedule
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana May 28
In a communiqué issued by Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, the dates of entrance tests and interviews for various under graduate and post graduate programmes have been announced.

The Common Entrance Test for B.Sc. Agri. (Hons.) will be conducted by PAU on June 20, 2007 where as CET for B.Tech. Agricultural Engineering is to be conducted by Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar on a date communicated by PTU.

The interviews for Diploma in Agriculture and for Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Journalism and Mass Communication will be held on June 29 and July 5, respectively. The counselling for B. Ed. will take place on July 4.

For post graduate programmes, MET-Agriculture will be conducted on June 27 for M.Sc. in agronomy, extension education, entomology, plant pathology, pomology, vegetable crops, floriculture and landscaping, plant breeding and genetics, soils, food technology, forestry, agro-meteorology, agricultural economics and sociology. The MET-Agribusiness for admission to MBA Agribusiness will be held on June 5.

The communiqué also notified that there shall be negative marking for wrong answers for objective type questions in the entrance tests. Also, there shall be no re-evaluation of scripts.

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Advances in computer technology discussed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
The GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a national conference on "Advances In Computer Technology and Applications."

Dr R.C Sobti, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Hardeep Singh, Professor and HoD of computers department, GNDU, Dr R.S Kaler, Professor and HoD of electronics and communication department, Thapar University, Dr M.S Sikri, HoD of computer science and engineering department, Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology, were among the eminent personalities, who graced the occasion.

As many as 50 delegates from Delhi, Gurgaon, Haryana, Chandigarh, Patiala, Jalandhar, Amritsar and Ludhiana contributed their papers in the conference, out of which 20 papers were presented during the two technical sessions of the conference.

Dr R.S Kaler chaired the first technical session. He talked about the emerging trends in information and communication technology. He said technology needs to be explored perfectly to understand its true relevance. He also highlighted that how well one explores a technology, is the basic challenge in the IT industry today.

Dr Hardeep Singh and Dr M.S Sikri chaired the second technical session. Dr Hardeep said recent spurt in the growth of computer power has forced everyone to be computer literate. He remarked that with a click of few buttons one can get hold of any information from across the world. He, however, added that we should not forget that information security is everyone's responsibility and we should not try to access unauthorised information.

Dr M.S Sikri, chaired the valedictory session and summed up the discussion by explaining that the computer science is transforming several of the basic and applied sciences, including biological physical, and cognitive sciences. He said all this had been made possible by rapid and continuous advancement in different fields of computing.

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Management book released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
The Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) released a book titled Modern Marketing Management. The book has been co-authored by reader, Department of Business Management, P P Singh and management consultant from New Delhi, J N Jain. This is the 11th book the college has released.

The book was released by chairman, Punjab Management Education Trust, Wg Cdr (Retd) H S Gill, here recently.

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From Schools
Kundanites match step with folk tradition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
A week long Indian folk dance workshop is being organised at Kundan Vidya Mandir. The workshop began on May 25 and would conclude on May 30.

The school Principal S.C Saxena said such workshops not only open new vistas of learning for the students but were also a useful way of keeping them busy during summer break. The workshop is being conducted by Nila Kalbailia, a renowned folk dancer from Rajasthan along with her team of musicians comprising Ustad Anwar Khan, Shemath, Pappakhan.

The workshop started with the lighting of lamp by Ashwini Kumar, manager of the School Managing Committee. All persons in charge of various sections also graced the occasion. On the opening day the resource person enthralled the audience with her lively performance. The workshop is being attended by about 80 enthusiastic budding dancers/students.

Declamation

Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, conducted an Inter-class declamation contest for students of classes VIII to XII on Saturday.

The declamation contest was organised by "Ved Prachar Mandal." The students expressed their views on different topics in a very enthusiastic and excellent way. There were 19 participants. Smiley of Class XI (Com)bagged the first prize, Sukhjit of Class XII (Science) was declared second and Surbhi of Class XI (Science) won the third prize. An honourable member of Ved Prachar Mandal Roshan Lal Arya, also graced the occasion and appreciated the effort of students and teachers. The winners were awarded trophies by Principal of School Sunil Arora. She congratulated the winners and inspired others to take part in such contests.

Foundation day

Students and staff of Shanti Niketan Adarsh Vidyalaya Benjamin Road celebrated the 56th Foundation Day of the school. The programme started with hawan yajna by the staff and students. This followed by cultural programme by students. Cultural programme started with shabd gayan. Students also presented patrolic songs, folk dances and skits. The school Director Randhir Sharma encouraged the students to participate in all such activities.

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Vedic karma yoga camp at BCM school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
A week-long Vedic karma yoga camp is beingorganised at BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, from May 27 -June 3 for boys, with a view to introducing the students the basic teachings and principles of the glorious Indian culture and the Vedas to inculcate human values as well as to give guidelines to lead a good, stressfree life in the modern world.

The camp was inaugurated by Rajinder Sayal, vice-president of the school managing committee.

The colourful spectrum of the Vedic camp will not only provide a wide variety of activities like yogic exercises, personality grooming, PT, games and artistic skills but also help increase self-confidence, strengthen leadership skills and sharpen the ability to work in teams.

Dr Rajiv Gupta, Dr B.P. Mishra, M R. Mehta and Dr Poonam Choudhary will speak on several issues.

V. Kumar, co-ordinator of the camp, spoke about the unique learning experience which is morally and emotionally fulfilling with its challenges and helps the students devlop into unique personalities.

Campers Yatin Chopra and Gautam thanked the school authorities for providing them a wonderful opportunity for their holistic personality development during the summer break.

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NSS unit introduced at BCM
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
BCM yesterday introduced the National Service Scheme (NSS) by starting a unit with an aim to arouse social consciousness among the youth, with the objective of personality development of the students through community service.

Assistant Director, Youth Services, NSS Deptt, Hridaipal Kaur, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Students were apprised about the importance and activities being undertaken which include tree plantation, construction work in adopted villages and slums, blood donation, adult and non-formal education, health and nutrition

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School felicitates brilliant students
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 28
More than one hundred students of Shaheed Kartar Singh Dukki Government Senior Secondary School were felicitated for their outstanding performances in academics and sports during last year.

The function was presided over by chairman Avtar Singh and Kuldip Kaur, an NRI settled in USA and daughter of Shaheed Kartar Singh Dukki, was the chief guest.

While addressing the gathering after giving away prizes Kuldip Kaur said all Punjabis should recognise the sacrifice of those martyrs who laid down their lives to get us freedom.

"Though successive governments have been trying to perpetuate names of these martyrs, the more prosperous constituents of society including NRIs should associate with the administration so that more people can be involved in functions celebrated to commemorate their days," said Kuldip Kaur, assuring that her family would continue sponsoring student welfare programmes.

A cultural programme was presented by the students on the occasion. Jago and poems on degrading social relations were appreciated by the guests. 

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Seminar on relevance of religion
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, May 28
Chief Secretary of Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Dr Charan Kamal Singh, said in a press statement today that a seminar on 'Dharam ki jaikar' had been organised by the Directorate of Youth Services in six different schools of Ludhiana district. The Director of Youth Services Satnam Singh Sallopuri, while speaking at each seminar conveyed that relinquishing suspicions and misconceptions and remembering God was the only eternal righteousness.

In this scientific era, religion and science were both true and full of research. The research of religion was related to salvation and the research of science was related to the matter. 

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