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Field day at PAU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 22
Agricultural sustainability in Punjab is greatly dependent on measures taken to strengthen resource conservation, particularly water and soil, and means adopted for promoting agricultural diversification.

Keeping this in mind, the PAU department of farm power and machinery will hold a field day on “Resource conservation and diversification machinery technology and farm safety” near Gate No.4 of the university on October 25.

The objective of the programme is to share the know-how about farm machinery and relevant technology to not only help sustain agriculture but also conserve and improve ecology.

According to information given by Dr Sewak Singh Ahuja, head of the department, they plan to demonstrate machines like happy seeder, straw chopper, laser leveller and straw management system (SMS) for resource conservation and paddy straw management.

Further, they will hold demonstrations on diversification machinery like maize de-husker-cum- thresher, groundnut-digger, groundnut-thresher, self-propelled sprayer and weeder, etc. for different crops.

The technologies will help save water and address various other problems faced by farmers, said Dr Ahuja. He added that progressive farmers and farm machinery manufacturers of the state and other extension agencies were invited to the event.

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Preparatory engineering test on October 27
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 22
Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET) will organise a "Preparatory Engineering Entrance Test-I" for the first time at its campus. A number of academicians and experts, who have framed the test, felt the need to organise such preparatory tests, so as to help the students especially from lower income groups who cannot afford for tuitions etc.

The test will be conducted on the pattern of IIT-JEE/AIEEE/CET and would be three hours. This test aims at preparing the students of 12th standard for the Common Entrance Test for admission to various engineering courses.

The test will be held on October 27, to evaluate the talent of the students of 10+2 (Non-Medical) to crack the Engineering Entrance Examinations. A number of schools from the city and around have confirmed their participation realising the benefit, which students will be getting out of it. LCET will provide transport facility from various demarcated areas in the city to the college campus for the convenience of students and teachers accompanying them.

LCET, director, Dr J.S. Sohal and principal, Dr Pawan Kumar said the students will definitely benefit from this preparatory engineering and are looking forward for the participation of different schools in this event.

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Reform internal assessment system: Students
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 22
Taking serious note of failure of internal assessment system at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, the faculty and students of many colleges in the city feel that the system should be made transparent, foolproof and reoriented in order to make it successful. The faculty feels that mere 20 marks did not make much difference, as students did not take it seriously.

It is learnt that the concept of internal system was introduced to make students, especially those studying in city colleges, more responsible toward classroom teaching. For commerce undergraduates, it is 20 per cent while in arts and science streams; it has been reduced to just 10 per cent. The 10 per cent internal assessment of arts and science students is based on their performance in the house examinations while for commerce students, 10 per cent assessment is given on performance in house-tests while remaining 10 per cent is based on assignments and projects.

According to teachers in the government colleges, the main reason for the failure of internal assessment was that managements of private colleges had started “misusing” it by giving marks in bulk to even the average and below average students. “In written tests, the students failed while in practicals they got 48 out of 50 marks. This made the mockery of the system. The university, too decided to reduce the internal assessment marks in all the streams because there was no transparency”, said a faculty member.

Many students feel that the entire process either should be reoriented or scrapped for the benefit of students.

The faculty is of the view that instead of scrapping it, the whole system should be reformed. They suggested that daily monitoring of the students by the class teacher played an important role.

Dr Jagrup Singh one of the retired teachers said the old model of examination system, which relied more on external evaluation, had also failed miserably to give concrete results. Evaluation of students on the basis of external final examination was in vogue in all the institutions. Under this system, it often happened that the subject was taught by one person, the question paper was set by another and the student’s answer scripts were evaluated by a third person. “In many cases, the students had to suffer because of fault of teachers. If the internal assessment becomes popular, there are less chances of students to suffer”, he said. 

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