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Winter school on apparel design begins at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
Textiles department can play a pivotal role by training graduates as per the emerging needs of the apparel industry and for the growth and betterment of this sector in the global market. This was stated by dean, postgraduate studies, PAU, S. K. Mann, during the inauguration of a 21-day winter school on “developing competitive skills in apparel design, production and marketing” sponsored by ICAR in the department of clothing and textiles, College of Home Science, here yesterday.

Mann said the Indian apparel industry accounts for nearly 4 per cent of the overall world export. There is Rs 20,000 crore domestic markets as well, only 5 per cent of which is being catered to by branded apparel. On relative terms, globally, Indian apparel industry is more competitive than any other industry.

Vision 2010 formulated by the Government of India aims to increase the Indian share in the world market to 8 per cent by 2010, creating nearly 12 million new jobs. Currently, after IT, textile and apparel industry is the largest employer of skilled manpower. Despite its strong raw material base and large production capacities, a severe paucity of technical manpower is envisaged.

Former dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities and Chairman, Synetic Business School, M. A. Zahir, in his keynote address on “Employability issues in apparel industry” emphasized the importance of quality parameters i.e. quality of material, specifications design, shades/colours, packaging and timely delivery of apparel goods for the competitive growth of this industry in the near future.

Giving details of the winter School, professor and head, Department of Clothing and Textiles, and director, Winter School, N.Grewal, said 15 participants from various agricultural universities of Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh Rajasthan, Meghalaya, Uttrakhand and Punjab were attending the course.

Grewal revealed that the existing educational programmes (including diplomas) bring out nearly 2,000 students annually, which is grossly insufficient for ushering in the technological changes in this sector. Indian firms invest very little in training its existing workforce. Therefore, an acute shortage of skilled manpower is going to be the real bottleneck in the growth of this sector.

In such a scenario, clothing and textiles departments can play an important role by training their graduates as per the emerging needs of the industry, Grewal added. Though, the ICAR has been constantly striving to tailor the curriculum in state agricultural universities as per needs of the stakeholders, teachers training to teach such highly-technical curriculum is essential for quality delivery of curriculum and producing competent graduates. 

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Seminar at GGNIMT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The GGN Institute for Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a seminar on career counselling for the students of MBA, here today. The team of ICICI prudential had come to guide the students towards brighter careers. Atul Dutta, area manager, sales , ICICI Priority Circle, delivered an audio-video presentation on ambition, success and achievement. This was followed by an interaction on career in general and insurance sector in particular.

Gagandeep Kalsi, manager channel development , ICICI, introduced the concept of “Earn while you learn” to the students. He made the students aware about the scope in the insurance sector.

Kalsi advised the students to be associated with the live projects as the experience gained from these projects could be a major value addition towards a successful corporate career. He further highlighted the benefit of being associated with a corporate while pursuing MBA.

Kuldip Singh, director, GGNIMT, and Gunwant Singh Dua, co-ordinator, GGNIMT were also present on the occasion. Kuldip Singh thanked the guests for sharing their views with the students.

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Neha Jain is NSUI vice-president
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The local unit of the NSUI has nominated Neha Jain as vice-president (women’s’ wing) and in charge of women colleges. This was stated by state unit of the NSUI’s coordination committee member Jaspreet Singh Ahluwalia while talking to media persons here today.

"These colleges must have a representative of the union so that they could voice their concern”, he said adding that the ban on students’ elections in state should be lifted which was imposed in 1984.

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GADVASU Notes
Bajwa chief of varsity teachers’ union
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 20
The executive committee of the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Teachers Association has been elected unanimously.

Dr H.S. Sandhu, returning officer, and Dr S. Rampal, assistant returning officer, stated in a press note today the team was elected unanimously. Dr Iqbal Singh Bajwa has been elected as president of the association.

The other team members are: Dr N.S. Sharma - vice-president; Dr Sawaran Singh Randhawa - general secretary; Dr J.S. Bhattia - joint secretary; and Dr B.K. Bansal - treasurer. The executive members are Dr Shashi Nayyar, Dr Manish Chatli and Dr P.K. Patil.

Seminar

A lecture was delivered by Dr Rachhpal Singh Bajwa, technical member, board of management of the university, here on Thursday on “Developments in livestock sector in the USA vis-a-vis Punjab”.

Dr Bajwa discussed in detail about the veterinary profession in the USA. He said in the USA there are nearly 28,000 jobs up to 2012 which the young veterinarians from Punjab could grab easily. Nearly 70,000 veterinarians are already working there. 

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A.S. school management poll on Sept 23
Manish Sirhindi
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, September 20
With a few days left for the elections of the management committee of the A.S. High School Trust and Educational Society, Congress and BJP-supported candidates are making plans for the elections to be held on September 23.

Accompanied by supporters, candidates are meeting voters. The contest has been going on every third year for the past 90 years. The society is running four educational institutions, A.S. College for Boys, A.S. College for Women, A.S. Senior Secondary School and A.S. Modern School.

Forty-two candidates have filed their nomination papers. Out of these 20 would be elected to the committee.

At present, there are nearly 5,000 registered voters. The candidates who have filed their nominations are some of the prominent citizens. They include advocates, businessmen and politicians who are either backed by the Congress or the BJP.

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