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PAU students return from Moscow

Ludhiana, June 13
A group of six students, Karanveer Singh, Jaskaran Dhiman, Amanpreet Singh, Dipanshu Arora, Kapil Sharma and Vikas Garg, led by Dr Ashok Kumar, teacher in charge-cum-coordinator of training, visited Moscow State Agro-Engineering University (MSAU) from May 28 to June 9.

It was the first-ever visit of PAU students to MSAU. During the training, the students were apprised of ongoing research and teaching programmes at MSAU.

Ashok Kumar also got a memorandum of understanding and an agreement on cooperation between education, research and technology between MSAU and PAU signed by the Rector of MSAU. The agreement is signed for three years. TNS

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Dental council looks to bridge quality education gap
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, June 13
The Dental Council of India (DCI) has embarked upon an ambitious programme, aimed at the improvement of skills of dental professionals and raising the standards of dental education and treatment in the country.

Steps initiated by the DCI in this direction include signing of an MoU with the US-based Tufft's University, accreditation of dental colleges in India from the American Dental Board, launching a post-graduate certification course for practising dental graduates, proposal for moratorium on opening of new dental colleges and several other activities in academic and clinical areas.

This was stated by Dr Vikas Jindal, a city-based dental surgeon and a member of DCI, who returned to the city yesterday after attending a two-day general body meeting of the council, held at Shimla on June 10 and 11.

Dr Jindal told Ludhiana Tribune that the DCI had signed an MoU with the Tufft's University of Dental Medicine, USA, under which Indian dental institutions, which are recognised for excellence, shall be identified for different areas of collaboration. Besides initiating a student exchange programme, the DCI would also take up the issue of India dental schools receiving accreditation from the American Dental Board (ADB) through this university.

"Once the Indian dental institutions receive this accreditation, the dental degrees awarded in India shall automatically be considered valid all over the world."

According to Dr Jindal, the DCI had finalised a plan to start a post-graduate certificate course for practising dental surgeons, which would benefit nearly 40,000 private practitioners across the country. The certification course would be offered in implantology and endodontics, in collaboration with IGNOU through its distance education programme.

The yearlong course will have a 400-hour programme, with substantial time devoted to hands-on training in various institutions of the country. Further, the DCI has decided to introduce Diplomate of National Board (DNB) courses for nine specialties for the graduates from next year in all the government and railway institutions.

According to Dr Jindal, DCI president Dr Anil Kohli had disclosed in the meeting that the matter of acute shortage of teaching staff in the dental colleges in the country had been taken up with the respective governments of the states of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh to impose a moratorium on opening of new dental colleges. 

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Reschedule study hours, say ETT students
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 13
Accusing the administration of showing indifferent attitude towards their demands, ETT students of the area have urged the authorities to reschedule their study hours in view of scorching heat.

Justifying the demand raised by the students, Joginder Singh Aulakh, principal, DIET, Jagraon, claimed that he had already recommended rescheduling of the study hours at the institute.

According to Ricky Sood, a resident of the local Chand Cinema Road, the ETT students had to attend classes in scorching heat while all other educational institutes had been closed. Even when these institutes were open for studies, the administrative officers of various districts had restricted working hours according to recommendations of doctors and experts.

"We fail to understand why the authorities were not concerned about our health," said Sood demanding that the DIET institutes should be either closed for vacation or the study hours should be curtailed.

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Chetan out on bail
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 13
Chetan Gutpa, a Delhi businsessman arrested in the City Centre Scam, was today released from the Central Jail on bail at around 6 p.m. He was arrested by Vigilance Bureau sleuths from Delhi on May 17.

He was granted bail by Special Judge Gurbir Singh yesterday. Due to paucity of time, the bail bonds were not furnished and he could not be released from the jail yesterday.

Today, his family members furnished surety bonds before the court to the tune of Rs 25 lakh. Thereafter, the judge directed the jail superintendent to release him.

He remained in the police custody for a week and, thereafter, he was remanded to the judicial custody. 

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