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CM to inaugurate Kisan Mela today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is all set to receive thousands of farmers during the two-day Kisan Mela scheduled to begin tomorrow at its sprawling campus at Ludhiana. It is a major event of the university where agricultural knowledge is disseminated to farmers.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will inaugurate the mela while minister of agriculture, Uttar Pradesh, Laxmi Narayan will be the guest of honour.

According to Dr N.S. Malhi, director of extension education, PAU, this year the display of latest technology on Rabi crops will be the main stress of the mela.

The department of horticulture will display information on different aspects of orchards including the correct method of digging and filling pits for fruit plants, drip irrigation to save water, bed preparation for nursery raising, new methods of propagation of fruit plants like disease-free kinnow, ber in polythene bags etc.

The Department of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology will hold field demonstrations of successful Kharif crops including recommended varieties of fodder crops, newly released varieties of Rice (PAU 201), Desi Cotton (PAU 626 H), Mungbean (PAU 911), Arhar (PAU 881) etc.

Exhibition of fresh and dry flowers, ornamental plants as well as live field demonstrations on Kharif trees will also be held. The entomologists of PAU will guide farmers about saving the produce by controlling insects and pests through biocontrol agents and integrated pest management and demonstrate the safe use of pesticides to avoid accidents.

Machines to be put up at the agro industrial exhibition by the Department of Farm Power and Machinery include laser leveller, rotavator, multicrop planter, zero-till drill, strip-till drill, dehusker-cum-maize thresher, vegetable seed extraction machine, Happy seeder etc.

Farmers will also be trained in use of farm yard manure and green manure in calcareous soils and on stopping paddy straw burning. The College of Home Science will display information about different ways to control environment as control of indoor pollution, use of natural dyes, water purification at the household level.

A question-answer session will also be organised on the first day of the mela where experts of various disciplines will answer queries of the farmers on the spot.

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Workshops on employment skills
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 12
The department of soft skills, SCD Government College, has initiated a series of workshops on employment skills for the benefit of college students. Separate workshops were also organised for B.A / B.SC and B.Com and evening college students for upgrading their skills to make them fit for employment.

Addressing B.Com students during a workshop, Malkiat Singh, principal, said today that 95 per cent of the jobs were in the private sector and the government was no longer principal employer. The private sector, specially services sector, needs specific skills for each job for which students were to be upgraded, he said effective communication and interpersonal skills were crucial to increase employment opportunities and to compete successfully in the business environment.

Malkiat Singh further added that "Real key to the effectiveness of professionals is their ability to put their knowledge into effective practice". He said the state government was conscious about this issue and programmes were chalked out to upgrade the skills of the students.

While making the presentation, nodal officer of the PTOSS programme of the Punjab government, Ashwani Bhalla, said employers were not just interested in formal qualifications when they were recruiting somebody for a job. Employer needed specific soft skills for exercising and fulfilling various responsibilities of the job. He outlined various soft skills like problem solving, communication, numeric, information technology and ability to work in group as the core skills needed by employers. He said the soft skills development programme of the Punjab government had been chalked out to develop effective communication skills, presentation skills, interpersonal skills, leadership skills and team management skills.

He said the programme had been developed in two parts like PTOSS-skill check battery and PTOSS behavioral assessment battery which would include customer orientation, problem solving, interpersonal and stress tolerance.

While speaking on the occasion Indra Bhatia said the training programmes were meant to upgrade the skill set of youth in state for global work professionals.

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Delay in results upsets students

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 12
A group of candidates for posts of B.Ed teachers have urged the Punjab governor to impress upon authorities in GND University, to declare the result of MA II (English) so that their highest qualification could be considered for preparing merit at the time of selection.

In a communiqué addressed to the governor, a group of candidates led by Dimple Kaushal and Seema Jain have stated that they had appeared in MA II (English ) examination conduced by the university in May this year. But the result for the said examination had not been declared so far.

Claiming that result was supposed to be declared in the month of August, the students have now urged the governor to impress upon the concerned authorities to declare the result immediately so that their applications could reach the department by September 17, the last date for the purpose.

“In case the authorities fail to announce the result before September 15, the selection committee should be asked to consider marks obtained by them in post graduation,” they said. — OC

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PAUTA seeks Central status for varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
The Punjab Agricultural University Teacher’s Association (PAUTA) is keen on getting the Central university status for the university. As the Central government plans to create 16 more Central universities in the country, out of which one will be allotted to Punjab, the association members are trying hard to seek this status.

PAUTA president M.S.Mahal while talking to Ludhiana Tribune said the university had provided and upgraded knowledge on agriculture not only to Punjab farmers but those of neighbouring states also. “Unfortunately, the university, which played a pivotal role in ushering in the Green Revolution, is in financial crunch these days. For its past achievements and future challenges, it rightly deserves the Central university status. If given, it will further boost the Punjab agriculture”, Mahal added.

He further added that if granted it would help the university to tide over its tight financial position as sufficient funds would be generated for research and development to meet the new challenges faced by the state agriculture.

The president said the PAUTA executive had recently met MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and urged him to take up the matter with the Central government.

Dhillon was also apprised of the benefits to state agriculture if the university gets this status.

He suggested that adequate funds, greater autonomy and a host of other benefits associated with the Central university should definitely increase the efficiency, output and it status.

The university continues to reel under severe financial crunch even after finance minister Manpreet Badal assured full support to the university.

Badal during his budget speech had announced Rs 100-crore grant for the university, about Rs 20 crore more than it got during the previous year. To clear the backlog, university is demanding Rs 30 to 35 crore more from the state government.

However, Manpreet told Ludhiana Tribune over telephone today that the university would get Rs 100 crore as already announced in the budget. 

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From Schools & Colleges
PCCTU observes four-period strike
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
The local body of GTB National College, Dakha, observed a four period strike in the college and sat in dharna outside the office of the principal today. The strike and dharna were in response to the call given by the central leadership and is part of the series of such strikes chalked by the Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union (PCCTU) . The union wants to convey its displeasure at the constant delay of the long pending and genuine demands of teachers by successive governments through the strike. Prof Kanwaljit Singh of this college had courted arrest along with 21 teachers of other colleges. The PCCTU lauded prof Kanwaljit Singh for his great sacrifice.

Industrial visit: The GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNMIT) organised an industrial visit for the students of MBA third semester. A total of 55 students, accompanied by two teachers, visited ST Cottex, a 100 EOU Spinning Unit at Machhiwara recently.

The students were acquainted with various manufacturing processes and quality control measures. They were also made familiar with the numerous human resource welfare initiatives taken by the organisation.

Emerging career opportunities: The departments of computer science and commerce of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College arranged a lecture on ‘Emerging Career Opportunities in the accounting and Financial sector’ for the benefit of students here today. The students of B.Com as well as BCA attended the lecture. The resource person was SS Gandhi (area sales head-Punjab, Tally India).

Debate at KCW: The department of sociology of the Khalsa College for Women held a debate on the topic “Should Law give a concession to celebrities?” here today. 11 students took part in the debate.

Four spoke for the motion while seven spoke against it.

Principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind appreciated the efforts of teachers and students.

Classical music competition: The music (vocal) department of the GCW organised a classical music competition under the guidance of prof Nimita Sharma here today. As many as 50 students enthralled the audience with their spellbound performances.

The college principal Prabhjot Kaur was the chief guest while Sushma Gupta presided over the function.

NCC training camp concludes: The combined annual training camp 2007-08 of the NCC held at Police Academy, Phillaur, concluded here on Monday. 22 cadets of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, participated at the camp. Manpreet Singh guided the cadets. It was organised by 4pb air Sqn and NCC Wg Cdr P. Bishnoi was the commanding officer of the camp.

Seven schools and five colleges participated in the camp. Many activities were held during the camp. Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School won the overall trophy. All cadets were awarded certificates of honour.

Placement drive: In the campus placement drive held at the Khalsa College for Women by IBM Daksh, Gurgaon, here yesterday, a total of 57 graduation students have been selected by the company. Out of these 57 students, 34 have been issued "letter of intent" and 23 have been issued "expression of interest" and will undergo a training of 100 hours in their college.

Placement officer Pooja Chatley welcomed the team comprising Varun Sharma, Shikha, Rishi Chawla and Akshit from the Human Resource department of the company.

In the pre-placement talk, Varun discussed about the company and how such companies were contributing to economic growth along with providing good employment opportunities to graduates.

Shikha discussed the expectations of the company from the candidates and how the company would stand by them and help them grow financially and academically.

Varun Sharma, head of the team, commented that they had been to other cities in Punjab in the past one week.

Principal Dr Varinder Kaur Thind congratulated the students who had been selected. He motivated others to make the best of the placement opportunities provided by the college in association with these companies.

Lecture: Dr Jagbir Singh, reader, department of zoology, Punjabi University, Patiala, delivered a lecture on vectors and vector borne diseases to students of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town here today.

He said paddy monoculture in Punjab was not only threatening the declining water table in the state but was also providing a breeding ground for different species of mosquitoes, who were vectors of many fatal diseases. 

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DMCH lecturers top PG nursing exam
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 12
Prabhjot Saini and Nidhi Arora, both lecturers in the College of Nursing at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here, have bagged top honours in the M.Sc (Nursing) examination conducted by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot.

Prabhjot stood first in the university by scoring 78.3 per cent marks in medical (surgical nursing speciality) followed by Nidhi who scored 75.3 marks in obstetric nursing speciality.

Both candidates had completed their PG degree from Christian Medical College and Hospital in the city on seats reserved for the teaching staff.

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MC poll: 3 held, released on bail
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 12
Three persons, including president of the local unit of the Congress party, were arrested and released on bail for allegedly disturbing peace of the area and threatening each other of dire consequences. The police action followed confrontation between two aspirants of civic body elections from ward number 14 here.

Ravinder Kumar, president of the city congress, Rakesh Kumar Gupta and his brother Rajesh Kumar were arrested and released on bail by Jaspal Singh, SDM, Malerkotla.

Ravinder Kumar had accused Rakesh Kumar and Rajesh Kumar of attacking him and threatening him of dire consequences in case he insisted on contesting election to municipal council from ward number 14. Apprehending danger to his life, he sought action against the Gupta brothers. The police arrested them and presented them in court of the SDM yesterday. 

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Court order on ‘supardari’ defied
Cops yet to hand over articles to industrialist
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 12
For over a decade, he fought the might of a Punjab police officer to recover machinery and articles forcibly taken away from his factory. His faith in the law of the land was restored two years ago when a local court directed the police to release the items kept in its custody since 1995.

Today, his belief is shaken again. Over two years have passed since the court ordered the items to be released on “supardari” bond but the industrialist is running from pillar to post to know if at all the machinery and other articles are in safe custody.

It was in 1995, that the factory of Maninder Singh in Focal Point was allegedly grabbed with the connivance of a police official. He was harassed and threatened but he did not budge.

In 2007, additional sessions judge of a fast-track court directed the police to release the articles belonging to the industrialist.

However, the police claimed that the articles were not with it. After much struggle, the police reported that the articles were deposited in the “malkhana”.

When Maninder Singh went to the “malkhana”, a caretaker refused to oblige. The industrialist has now again gone to the court. In his affidavit, he claimed that the caretaker had threatened him with dire consequences instead of releasing the items.

He rued that he had taken orders from some national companies, hoping that the machinery released by the police would be put to use. 

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