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PU fails to send admit cards
Compartment students feel harassed
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
A large number of undergraduate and postgraduate compartment students who appeared for their english examination today had to face a lot of harassment due to the "callousness" on the part of Panjab University, Chandigarh. In the absence of proper information regarding their respective centres, a few students even made rounds at two to three centres today morning.

The students alleged that college authorities told them that the university would be sending admit cards at their place. “Every time we enquired about it from the staff we were told to wait and have patience. Our English paper happens to be today but we were not aware of our centres. We raised hue and cry at the college, after which they asked us to take our exam in a separate room", said Anuj, a BA III year student.

Another student disclosed that her mother went to the university yesterday to know about the centre. "To her surprise, she was told that I had to appear for my reappear test at Sector 11 GCG, Chandigarh. She asked the university authorities how it was possible as the student belonged to Ludhiana. They felt sorry and asked her to send me to MTS College here for taking my exam”, said Kajal (name changed), a student of Government College for Women here adding that a few of her classmates were allowed to take exam half-an-hour later because of this.

One of the faculty members, on duty at one of the centres,said these were “stray cases”. He said since it was not students' fault, colleges accommodated a large number of them.

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PAU board approves new appointments
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
Punjab Agricultural University’s board of management has approved new appointments in a meeting held at Mohali under the chairmanship of vice-chancellor M.S.Kang today.

Giving details, registrar V.K.Sharma informed that R.K.Mahey, Head, Department of Agronomy, would succeed him as registrar on September 30. Similarly, A.S.Binning, an agricultural engineer in the USA, has been appointed as dean, College of Agricultural Engineering. M.S.Aulakh, a senior soil scientist, will be the additional director (research) while J.S.Dhiman, a plant pathologist, will hold the position of the additional director (communication) and H.S.Rewal will head department of plant pathology,he added.

Fresh applications will be invited for the posts of dean, College of Home Science and comptroller. The post of comptroller will fall vacant as A.C.Rana has expressed his desire to return to his parent department. No change has been made in the eligibility criteria for these posts.

Sharma further said the decision to transfer 26 acres in Jodhpur Rumana under the regional research station, Bathinda, to the sports department, Punjab, stands approved. The issue of compensation in lieu of this land would be taken up with the state government. Similarly, the matter of transferring the space of home science college to Panjab University, Chandigarh, had also been approved.

The meeting was also attended by the newly-appointed members of the board of management R.S.Sandhu (IAS), financial commissioner (development) J.P.Mishra, assistant director general (ICAR) and H.S.Gajnipur.

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Aussie scientists visit PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
An international collaborative research project entitled, “Zero-tillage rice establishment and crop weed dynamics in rice and wheat cropping systems in India and Australia” funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research is operating in the department of agronomy, PAU, Ludhiana, with Dr U.S.Walia, senior agronomist as principal investigator.

Dr Gurjeet Gill, team leader and head, school of agriculture, food and wine, and Sam Kleemann from the university of Adelaide, Australia, are on a visit to PAU, Ludhiana, from September 26 to September 28. The aim of the visit is to monitor the direct seeded experiments on rice at the departmental research farm and at university seed farms at Kapurthala, Naraingarh and Ladhowal.

They will also visit farmers’ fields at Kolahr village where the farmers have cultivated direct-seeded rice successfully. The team, along with Dr Raj Kumar Mahey, head of department of agronomy, also met the vice-chancellor.

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From Schools & Colleges
Campaign against female foeticide
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
In memory of more than one-crore female population that India has lost owing to female foeticide over the last two decades, students of BNSM College of Technical Education, Alamgir, organised a seminar to voice their concern over the skewed male-female ratio in the country here recently.

The students and faculty members participated in the seminar and pledged their support to put an end to the practise of sex-selective abortions. A poster-making competition was held to depict the alarming trend of fewer number of females compared to their male counterparts. The president of the college, Surinderpal Singh, said such events will help to exhort the society to join the movement against this evil. Talent search competition

Talent hunt

A “Talent Search Competition” was hosted in the Partap College of Education here yesterday to enhance the spirit of the brilliant students. The function was presided over by Dr Ramesh Inder Kaur Bal, finance secretary, and prof K K Bhatia.

The students presented a cultural programme. The performance was adjudged by Bal and prof Bhatia.

Bal, in her address, encouraged the students and congratulated all for presenting such a wonderful talent show. She also gave tips how talent could be embellished. She emphasised on the strength and power of voice. At the conclusion of the function, principal Dr Balwant Singh congratulated the participants and urged them not only to be good students but also ideal and disciplined citizens.

Food quiz

The ‘Maggie Good food quiz competition’, sponsored by Nestle India Limited, was held in Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, Sherpur, here yesterday, in which all students from class IV to VI participated. Six teams, consisting of two members each, were selected amongst the toppers from the objective-type written test. The Director and founder principal Avinash Kaur Walia and principal Sandeep Raikhi jointly gave attractive gift hampers to the winners and congratulated them for their excellent performance.

Academic excellence

The students of the GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) excelled in the BCA- fourth semester examinations, conducted by Punjab Technical University (PTU). Vinay Jain topped the institute with 86.14 per cent marks, Preet Raj Singh bagged the second position with 83.14 per cent marks while Rishabh Dua was placed at the third position with 82.14 per cent marks. The director and coordinator of the institute congratulated the students for their excellent performance.

NSS camp

Five days NSS camp will begin at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College from tomorrow. The camp will start with the celebration and remembrance of great martyr Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Pankaj Bhambri said a rally will be organised by all NSS volunteers. Various seminars on sehajyoga medication, subtle system, health benefits, stress management and personality development will be organised in the rest of the camp schedule.

Martyr remembered

The centenary celebration of birth anniversary of Shaheed-e-Azam, Bhagat Singh, was celebrated with a great zeal and fervour by the students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Chandigarh road, here today. Shaheed Rajguru and Sukhdev were also remembered on this occasion.

Principal of the school, Ranjeet Kaur, paid floral tributes to the martyrs and she explained in detail the meaning and importance of freedom and slavery to the students. She inspired the students to remember the martyrs and derive inspiration of patriotism. Another teacher threw light on the life of Bhagat Singh and the various incidents relating to the freedom fight.

On this occasion, the students presented various poems, patriotic songs, skits and group songs etc. The students took oath to die for the unity and integration of the country. They also paid their homage in front of these martyrs.

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Dilawari is controller of exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 27
V.K.Dilawari, professor of entomology, has been appointed controller of examination, Punjab Agricultural University. This was stated by registrar V.K.Sharma, here today.

Dilawari is a renowned entomologist. The post had fallen vacant on account of S.S.Chahal’s retirement.

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