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Water-saving tips for farmers
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The tensiometer-based irrigation schedule in rice can save water to the extent of 25-30 per cent more than that with the intermittent irrigation at an interval of two days.

Disclosing this here today, Dr G.S.Hira from Department of Soils, Punjab Agricultural University, said rice crop occupied 26.1 lakh hectare area in Punjab and consumed about two-thirds of total irrigation water.

Most of this water requirement (79 per cent) was met through ground water resources with the result that it led to a decline in the state's water table.

Dr A.S.Sidhu said commercially available tensiometers, though suitable for research, could not be used for mass application owing to their high cost.

PAU scientists redesigned this instrument that had high sensitivity, low sophistication and, above all, suited the farmer's pocket. Dr Sidhu said the PAU-designed tensiometer costs only one-tenth of that available in the market.

On the working of the instrument, Dr Sidhu explained that tensiometer, when inserted in soil, measured the soil water status in terms of ‘'soil metric tension’'.

This was, in common parlance, determining soil water status in relation to atmospheric ‘'evaporativity’' and soil texture, he said.

Speaking on the principle of tensiometer, Dr S.S.Kukal of Soils Department said the water in inner tube of the instrument equilibrated with surrounding soil with the result that its level shot up or fell with the increase or decrease in soil water content.

The irrigation for rice was recommended when the water level in the inner tube reached the bottom of green strip and entered the yellow zone marked on the tensiometer.

Dr Kukal also informed that this technique was applicable under all soil texture classes.

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Restructuring of education system
must: Educationists
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The educationists of the city feel that restructuring of the education system was must for better results.

In order to make the education system purposeful, there was an emergent need to bring major reforms by all concerned.

They stress that once infrastructure was upgraded in schools and colleges and regular quality staff was appointed, the state government must fix the responsibility on teachers to show good results.

Prof Arvind Malhotra, member of the Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, said that for standard education, both the state and central governments needed to invest at least 6 per cent of GDP on improving the infrastructure specially in schools, filling the posts of teachers lying vacant for a long time, revising the syllabus on regular basis, emphasising on project work and activities etc.

He said teaching of english should be made mandatory in all schools from standards 1 to 10.

He stressed on improving the conditions of government schools and private-aided schools situated in rural areas.

“They are in a sorry state in absence of proper infrastructure, quality teachers and basic educational equipment. It is because of this reason that schools are lagging behind and are unable to produce good results”, he said.

The teaching community feels that the mushrooming of sub-standard public schools had further deteriorated the education system.

Tarlochan Singh, principal of a government school here, said the state government must focus on providing quality education to students of the weaker sections. For a progressive and welfare state like Punjab, the economically poor students must get free education upto secondary level.

K. Bal, president, PhD, M.Phil Teachers’ Association, Punjab, said it was unfortunate that almost 2 lakh students of middle class could not make it to class 9 this year. She said the teachers alone could not be held responsible for this poor performance.

“Board must streamline the education system. Books should be provided on time and technological aids like computer, internet, projectors and other necessary tools and equipments must be provided by the state government in order to bring overall efficiency”, she said.

Meanwhile, a seminar under the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan programme of the state government on the topic “Major Reforms required in Education System” was also organised at Government Senior Secondary School, Dehlon, today. Principal Balwinder Singh, in a press statement, said the seminar was attended by 150 trained graduate and post-graduate teachers.

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GCW girls excel in B.Com II
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Three students of Government College for Women here have secured 3rd, 4th and 5th positions in Panjab University in B.Com II examinations, the results which were declared here today.

Mamta Surana secured the 3rd position in the university and the first in the district by scoring 83.5 per cent marks. Kamaldeep Kaur secured 4th position in university and 2nd in district by getting 83.4 per cent marks and Daisy stood fifth with 82.5 per cent marks. Six students of the college secured more than 80 per cent marks.

Manpreet Kaur topped in Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women securing 78.78 per cent marks followed by Gurpreet Kaur with 77.3 per cent and Aanchal Garg with 76.7 per cent marks. College pass percentage is 99 per cent.

Students of Kamla Lohtia S.D.College also brought laurels to college by scoring good marks. Puneet Kedia of B.Com 11 secured Ist position in college by getting 75.56 per cent marks.

Manish Arora of SCD Government College stood first in the college with 76.69 per cent marks followed by Anand Oberoi and Abhinav Jain with 76.52 and 75.48 per cent marks.

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From Schools
Summer workshops at BVM end
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
BVM, Kitchlu Nagar, organised summer workshops in which students from KG to 10+2 participated with enthusiasm. About 650 students participated in various hobby classes. These hobby classes helped the students to bring out their hidden talent. The workshops concluded here today.

The programme started with invocation of Goddess Saraswati. The students made a heart-capturing presentation. The audience applauded folk dances like bhangra, dandia while the melodious notes on different musical instruments by the students were appreciated by all. In other hobby classes like mehndi, jhoomar making, fabric painting and block printimg, pot painting, soft-toys making, science and maths models, the students presented beautiful models of their art.

Santosh Mehra, principal, and members of the managing committee praised the efforts of the students. The visitors enjoyed the delicacies like Amritsari naan, dosa, bhelpuri, pizza, muffins, chat and chana. A 10-day yoga classes organised for the benefit of students and teachers were also concluded this morning.

Development programme

Drishti Dr R.C Jain Innovative Public School, Narangwal, near here has been involved in helping teachers, honing up and updating their talent. The second staff development programme began with discussions by Misha Bothra from the faculty of English, H.R College, Mumbai, on interpersonal & presentation skills recently.

Prior to that Dr A.K Sharma (Ex-director, NCERT) and president of the school gave an overview of the school education as given in the National Policy of Education and National Curriculum Framework in an inspiring manner.

The director welcomed these experts and informed the house that each teacher of Drishti underwent 200 hours of training in each academic session.

Workshop ends

The closing ceremony of 10-day summer workshop at Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Sr. Sec. School, Udham Singh Nagar, was celebrated yesterday on the school campus with cultural and artistic presentation by students. Around 500 students learnt music, dance, art & craft, including painting (fabric, block and pot), soft toys, jhoomer and jewellery cookery and spoken english.

During this workshop, a personality development course was also introduced in the school for the first time. Students also made models on various subjects. The exhibition was inaugurated by Principal Sunil Arora. The visitors were left spellbound by these wonderful creations of art by young artists. A cultural programme was also organised in which the musical and dance performances were presented. It included Saraswatl vandana, instrumental music, songs and folk dances.

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Parents demand review of merit list
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 12
Terming the criteria of preparation of the merit list for middle standard examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board as impractical, parents of the meritorious students have urged the higher education authorities to review the list after taking into consideration, marks obtained by students in six major subjects only.

The present system has been adopted to watch the interests of certain public schools, through exceptionally high marks obtained by students in practical examinations of subjects like computer science, tailoring and physical education, alleged the parents.

The decision to exhort the authorities was taken at a meeting of the guardians of some brilliant students of class 8 led by Kuldip Singh, SDO, at the local municipal children park today.

Referring to information received from other parents and their wards, Kuldip Singh alleged that a large number of brilliant students of local schools missed the merit list as the board authorities had taken into account, eight subjects, whereas, the actual fate of the candidates was decided by their scores in six major subjects only.

Citing an example, Kuldip Singh claimed that Gurvir Kaur of Power Colony, Pohir Road, had secured 521 marks in aggregate of Punjabi, Hindi, English, mathematics, social studies and science, but she missed the merit list as she could not achieve 598 (the score of the last candidate in the merit list).

Students with much lower marks in aggregate of these six subjects (roll numbers 575893-504, 570703-506, 577925-507, 677563-511, 518541 and 518542-512) appeared in the merit list as their aggregate score came upto 698, after inclusion of the marks of elective subjects.

The parents further alleged that the present criterion had been adopted to promote certain public schools in the state as the students of these schools manage to get extraordinary marks in practical examinations like those of computer science, physical education and tailoring.

“Moreover, internal assessment is the best tool in the hands of these schools whereby they can ‘support’ the targeted students,” argued Kuldip Singh.

Maintaining that the deserving students were disappointed over the outcome, the parents urged the authorities to reconsider the criteria and prepare the list afresh.

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PAU library to be modernised: VC
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
Dr M.S.Kang, vice-chancellor of PAU, today said he would provide financial and other support required for the automation of Mohinder Singh Randhawa Library during his maiden visit here.

Showing keen interest in the working of various sections of the library, Dr Kang said the university would make efforts to help the Library maintain its status nationally as well as internationally.

Dr S. P. Mehra, university librarian, welcomed Dr Kang and apprised him that the library could not be automated due to paucity of funds and technical personnel.

The library is housed in a magnificent, centrally air-conditioned five-storey building situated at a prime location on the PAU campus.

Besides providing conducive environment for concentration of readers, it is having 39 research carrels and the sitting capacity for 760 readers.

The library has a collection of about 3 lakh books, 1 lakh journals, 20,000 theses and about 1,000 audio-visual documents.

It includes active subscription to 359 journals and 8 databases. About 2,500 members are using this library.

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