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Renovation of govt degree college begins
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 2
A government degree college that was opened 38 years ago in a spacious building and adjoining land donated by the founder of Gurdwara Rara Sahib after being ignored by successive governments, is now again being renovated by the management of the religious organisation.

The condition of a major portion of the building constructed more than 50 years ago had become fragile. We requested Baba Teja Singh to extend financial help for the construction of new rooms and repair and renovation of those which had become inhabitable. The work was started under his supervision and about Rs 8 lakh had already been spent

Despite spending more than Rs 10 lakh on its renovation, Baba Teja Singh Bhore Wale, with the help of staff led by Darbara Singh Grewal, principal of the college, motivated students to do kar seva on the campus.

Residents of the area, besides demanding funds for the further maintenance, have urged the Chief Minister of Punjab to depute sufficient staff and start postgraduate courses at least in languages,including Punjabi.

Despite all financial constraints and the state’s apathy, the college has been standing high in academic and extracurricular fields during past decades.

“The condition of a major portion of the building constructed more than 50 years ago had become fragile. We requested Baba Teja Singh to extend financial help for the construction of new rooms and repair and renovation of those which had become inhabitable. The work was started under his supervision and about Rs 8 lakh had already been spent,” said Grewal, adding that meagre funds were received from the government.

Construction of Baba Isher Singh Water Works, Guru Nanak Chetna Marg, Sant Isher Singh Vidya Marag, Khed Marag and partial completion of Open Air Theatre were counted as major projects, some of which had been completed.

Recognising the contributions made by Baba Teja Singh, students and staff have also contributed their share. While some staff members, including the principal, have been coming to the college on holidays to supervise construction work, the students came forward to perform kar seva on occasions.



Students coping with cut-throat competition
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana July 2
High cut-off percentage during admission in colleges has shattered dreams of many students. Despite performing well in the exams a large number of students are not able to get through their desired colleges giving a set back to their moral.

The professional courses like BCA, BBA, engineering and medical are becoming dream courses these days. One of the reason for this frustration is that students stepping out of 10+2 don’t have orientation regarding what they wanted to do or what other options are available for them.

Dr Aditi Satija, a psychologist from Psychology Department of Khalsa College for Women (KCW), talking to Ludhiana Tribune said Students seeking admission to various courses are usually under great stress at the time of admission.

"They do not think of other alternatives available. It’s unfortunate that the students as well as the parents are prepared for just one option,” Dr Satija points out the problem.

Advising students to not get fixated on one particular profession, for example there are many job-oriented courses in BA itself, she said. “Like a student getting higher education in psychology will never be jobless whether in India or abroad. A psychologist can teach you to manage stress in todays’ hectic lifestyle. Beyond this, he can be a good child psychologist in a school or a counsellor at a hospital. So, there is no dearth of jobs", pointed out Dr Satija.

Talking about the popular subjects now-a-days, Sumeet Brar, a lecturer in English said many students adopt functional english to improve their language skills. "They feel that if they have command over the language, they could get jobs in media houses. Some of our pass-outs have started grooming and etiquette classes and are earning handsomely," she added.

It may be mentioned that admission to various classes started today at city colleges. In SCD Government College, the cut-off for B.Com I was 84.2 per cent for general category. At Khalsa College for Women, the cut-off for BCA was 78 per cent. At GCW, in B.Com I, it was 89.4 per cent (without maths) and 85.4 per cent (with maths) respectively. In B.Sc non-medical the cut-off was 77.4 per cent while in B.Sc (medical) it was 76 per cent.

Vandana Maini, Principal, DD Jain College here said competition in all the streams had become tough. Speaking of the cut throat competition nowdays she said: “I feel bad when students, after scoring good percentage are not able to get admission in their desired courses. But they should realise that it is not the end of world," said Maini. 



Her kurtis are big attraction
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 2
Anu Patel's kurtis, short tops ,embroidered in typical Kutch style in bright mirror work, dainty beads work, and vibrant colours is attracting a large number of people at the ongoing exhibition organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Dastka Samiti at Nehru Sidhant Kender.

Anu Patel is the president of the Bhagwati Mahila Utkarsh Mandal, an NGO based in Ahemdabad.

Anu Patel gets her rich stock of colourful kurtis with fresh designs and new colours that she brings out every season. The flavour of the season is big mirror work on kurtis that she exports to countries like Israel ,the USA & Canada. She said," I am quite hopeful that I would be in Canada next month with my display of kurtis, bedcovers and dining table mats". The winner of the Best Craft Award for her display at Shilp Bazaar, Gandhi Nagar and All- India Women's Social Welfare Award given to her by the Handicrafts Board , Anu is a picture of confidence and cheerfulness as she attends to her numerous customers at the exhibition , but she was a totally shattered person in the year 2002 when she obtained a divorce from her husband.

A girl with two masters degrees , a law degree and aspiring to become an IPS officer did not know that fate would give her such a hard knock . She left her native city Ahmedabad and headed for the Kutch area for she had heard that women were good at embroidery. She trained women in villages to produce that kind of work that would be saleable. Anu says that she trained about 10,00 women in the villages and joined the NGO of which she is presently the president.

Now, she is trying to expand her network and for this she was able to get loans for 120 women in Kutch from the Handicrafts Board.

Her participation in the International Trade Fair held in Pragati Maiden every year has helped her cross the frontiers of her country and reach out to other countries.



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