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Farmers accuse Markfed of duping them 
Supply of diseased Basmati seeds
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana September 29
A lot of hue and cry has been raised by the farmers in the region, who were provided "substandard diseased seeds" of Basmati by Markfed. The farmers alleged that under the name of contact farming, they were being "duped" by the agencies. Terming the diversification and contract farming as "failure", the affected farmers have demanded compensation for their damaged crop.

Nirankar Singh, Joint Director, Agriculture, Chandigarh, said during his recent visit to the city, he was told about the "diseased seeds" provided to them by a large number of farmers. The farmers from Haryana even showed the bags, in which the seeds (PUSSA 1121 variety) were bought by them.

"We have taken a strong notice of the complaint and have asked the farmers to bring their bills. Chief agricultural officer, Ludhiana, Yadwinder Singh, has been asked to initiate an inquiry and submit the report within a few days. On one hand farmers are told to adopt contract farming while on other hand, such material is supplied to them. How can they survive when government agencies start supplying substandard seeds?" Nirankar Singh asked while adding that they will fight for the rights of farmers.

Another farmer Nirmal Singh said he had complained about the damaged crop to the Markfed officials, but he was told that he must have made an error during the sowing process, otherwise no such complaint was received from any other farmer.

Balbir Singh Rajjewal, president, BKU (Rajjewal) said it was unfortunate that the charge of contract farming was given to agencies, which had no technical knowledge or experience. He said not only Basmati, the crop of mustard and maize had also been damaged at many places. "The agencies are there to sell the seeds, they hardly take any responsibility of the crops or produce of the farmers. It may be contract farming or diversification, it is the farmer who is suffering everywhere", he complained.

Meanwhile, Markfed MD G.S.Grewal, when contacted, said he had received complaints regarding Basmati seeds and had already initiated an inquiry into the matter. "We are hopeful to get the report in the next five to six days and definitely take corrective measures, wherever needed", he added.

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9 teachers honoured at ‘Koshish 2007’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) conducted a survey of 700 students of first year MBA/ MCA/ BBA/ BCA/ BSc (ATH)/ BPharm/BHMCT classes to find out who was the best teacher in their life till now.

The data collected was analysed to spot out the teachers securing the maximum number of votes. On the basis of the survey, the selected nine teachers were honoured for their tremendous efforts, professional skills, and achievements in ‘Koshish 2007’ here today.

Jaspreet Singh Minhas, additional commissioner, Income Tax, honoured the teachers with the ‘Best Teacher Award’.

Minhas said, “PCTE is holding this ceremony for the past three years and till now, it has honoured 25 teachers of various institutions not only from Ludhiana but also from Jagraon, Mullanpur, Dakha etc. It gives me immense pleasure to honour the teachers who are the building blocks of our nation.”

Rupinderjit Kaur from GGN Public School, Rohit Joshi from R.S. Model Senior Secondary School, Ramnik Kaur from Government Senior Secondary School, Threeke, Meenu from Minds The Gap, Manju Bharadwaj from Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Dakha, Kamal Sharma from Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Jasbir Kaur Ahluwalia from Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Harmandeep Singh and Davinder Jain from Tagore Public School were honoured on this occasion.

Dr K.N.S. Kang, while congratulating the teachers, said, “The students were asked to write down the reasons to validate why they considered the teacher the best. The reasons specified by the students were based on the teacher’s style, behaviour, relationship with the students, professional skills, etc. It is the third time in a row that Rohit Joshi of R.S. Model School has been awarded the best teacher award and Jasbir kaur Ahluwalia of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School has been honoured for the second time. This ceremony is conducted not only to widen the facet of good teaching but also to encourage the morale of the teachers who put in so much of hard work and efforts.”

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ICAR deputy DG visits vet varsity 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Deputy Director General (Animal Science), Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), K.M.Bujarbaruah, visited Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) here today. The veterinary hospital complex and dairy, poultry and fisheries farms were shown to the visiting dignitary. He was also briefed about various research, teaching and extension activities under taken by faculty and students.

Bujarbaruah was taken to the fields in the rural areas of the state to apprise him of problems faced by farmers and type of animals reared by them. He also went around the dairy, sheep, goat, pig farms in the Doaba and Majha areas.

Vice-chancellor V.K. Taneja dwelled on various activities undertaken by the centre which include education and training of livestock and fish farmers, supply of good germplasm and technical guidance in feeding, housing, health management, fodder production and conservation, mineral mixture supply and value addition etc.

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Students given tips on research methodology
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
A one-day workshop on ‘Identification of Research Problem and Formation of Research Proposal’ was organised by BCM College of Education here today. The objective of the workshop was to provide an opportunity to research students of MEd to interact with experts and enrich their skills and upgrade their knowledge on research methodology.

Dr Kulwinder Singh, reader, department of education, Punjabi University, Patiala, was the resource person.

Principal Dr Khushvinder Kumar, while delivering the welcome address, emphasised on the need of holding such workshops and urged the resource person and participants to deliberate upon scientific methodology to harness best results from research.

Dr Kulwinder Singh discussed the significant steps in preparing a good research proposal and emphasised the importance of using internet, a goldmine of information, which can effectively be used for finding the latest developments in various fields.

He stressed on the point that a researcher should focus on a small area in which he has thorough knowledge. Apart from selecting a problem and finding a suitable design, interpretation of results and report writing were some other factors that a researcher should be careful about.

He urged the teachers to train young researchers and inculcate values like sincerity, sense of responsibility and hard work. He also provided some useful tips for finding a research problem.

S.K. Metha, in his presidential remarks, said learning was a never-ending process.

Principal Dr Khushvinder Kumar, gave away participation certificates and distributed prizes. He motivated the students for an all-round development.

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Inter-school talent hunt at SIFT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
Sportking Institute of Fashion Technology (SIFT) organised an inter-school talent hunt competition here today.

Students from various city schools participated in the hunt and displayed their creativity in various events like drawing and painting, doll dress design competition, caption and declamation contests.

Paramjot Walia, on behalf of the management and faculty, welcomed the chief guests, students and teachers of various schools.

Navroop of KVM School won the first prize in declamation, Aastha of Guru Nanak Public School stood second while Rachita of Sacred Heart Convent School was declared third in declamation. In the caption contest, all the three prizes were bagged by Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School. The winners were Swastika, Nimrata Bajaj, Harmohit Singh Toor.

Manreet Kaur Sodhi of Sacred Heart, BRS Nagar, won the first prize in doll dress design, Ramandeep Basram of Sacred Heart, BRS Nagar, was second, Pallavi Jindal stood third. Cynthia of CFC won the first prize in drawing and painting while Rashi of KVM was declared second and Anupam of Sacred Heart Convent School won the third prize.

Director of the institute Dr Rohit Uppal appreciated the hard work put in by the students and thanked the staff members to make this event successful. Finally, he concluded the event with a vote of thanks.

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From Colleges
Remembering Bhagat Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 29
To mark the 100th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the staff and students of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, organised a function to pay tributes to the icon of the Indian freedom struggle here yesterday.

SELECTED: Twelve students of GP College, Alour, will represent Punjab University, Chandigarh, at a national-level camp, on Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy, to be held at Yashwantrao Chavan Open University, Nasik, Maharashtra, from October 9 to 15. Profs Amit Narula and Davinder Kaur will accompany the students to the camp. Meanwhile, the college has added another feather in its cap. The University Grants Commission, New Delhi, has granted recognition to the college under Section 2 (f). With this, the college has been enlisted with the UGC and its name has been included in the list of those institutions that fulfill the national standards of education.

NSS CAMP: A 10-day NSS camp was inaugurated at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, by holding a ‘Chetna March’ to mark the birth centenary celebrations of Shaheed Bhagat Singh here yesterday. The march was flagged off by principal Dr Manju Chawla. A slogan writing competition was also organised on the occasion.

CAMP: The NSS units I and II of SDP College for Women inaugurated a 10-day NSS camp on the theme ‘Healthy Youth for Healthy India’ here today. Dr Geeta Bhandari, principal of the college, was the chief guest on the occasion. 

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