Is your kid taking a risky ride?
Deepkamal Kaur/TNS

Jalandhar, November 29
Throwing road safety laws to the wind, overloading of vehicles plying students from schools and colleges is a common scene every morning and afternoon.

While the district police is busy tightening the noose around eve teasers outside the campuses of educational institutions, they seem to have forgotten about those violating its own orders regarding loading of vehicles by more than 1.5 time of their capacity. School and college buses, vans and auto rickshaws are often seen stuffed well above their capacity. Not only the administration and the police, even parents of the children do not seem to be worried about the risks involved.

Overloading of buses of Lovely Professional University plying on the city roads is a common site. Most students can also be seen sitting on the roof tops of the university buses plying across the highways and busy roads in the city. The rash auto rickshaw drivers are perhaps the worse. The school students are often seen sitting on the narrow seat created on one side from where they keep on leaning on the outer side and thus face a serious accidental risk.

Residents point out that strict action should be taken against those flouting the norms. Gurbaksh Singh, a senior citizen says, “If temples of learning resort to such acts and play with young lives, I wonder how they can teach their students road safety and moral values.”

SP traffic, Rakesh Kaushal, said a regular drive was carried out against school vehicles and over 100 vehicles were challaned and impounded. He said he had asked school authorities to improve their conveyance system since they were charging transportation fee from parents. They had been asked to have more vehicles in case the student strength was high. Even the auto rickshaw unions had been asked to rectify their system and had been asked for a month’s time to improve, he added. After a month challaning and impounding would continue, he added.



From what a waste to wow you did it
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 29
Students from 20 districts across the state made the best use of their knowledge in science and mathematics to display working and non-working models of new environment-friendly items that can be put to use in our daily lives.

The event was a state-level science exhibition organised by State Institute of Science Education at Sain Dass A.S. Senior Secondary School here. Almost all the models prepared by the students were low-budget, made out of waste articles. Majority of the participants were students from rural backgrounds, whose creative models had been adjudged the best in their respective categories in the district-level exhibitions held earlier.

Jaipreet of government elementary school at Muktsar designed an overhead projector out of waste cardboards, mirror pieces and lenses that he bought for just Rs 150. Kamal from government school at Kansala village in Mohali came up with a simple slide projector all for Rs 300 that would have otherwise cost him Rs 5,000.

Sachin of Government Senior Secondary School Mohinder Ganj, Patiala, designed a novel technique of purifying water used in tanneries and recovering the hazardous chrome from it for re-use in treatment of animal hides. “I have procured Azolla plant from Punjabi University and packed it up in tubes. The waste water is run through these tubes and chrome-free water comes out. Almost 1 kg of the plant can be used to biologically treat 1,000 tonnes of discharged water. The plant after treating that much amount of water is burnt. Chrome does not get destroyed in burning. It can be recovered and re-used in tanneries”, Sachin explained.

Mona Virk of Kirpal Sagar Academy displayed the working of a low-cost refrigerator that works without electricity. “Coal pieces are stuffed up on all its sides. Water, when poured from the pores on the top is absorbed by the coal pieces. These pieces then dry up slowly to produce a cooling effect”, she explained.

Gurjot and Navneet designed pollution-free AC that had air pipes coming from under the soil, a fan and a chimney as an outlet for hot air.

Gurwinder of Chandu Majra village in Patiala designed a crane, churner, merry-go-round and tullu pump out of waste items. Vijay Singh of government model senior secondary school Kharar designed a scare crow that had reflecting mirrors, sirens and lights. Gurjant Singh and Harpreet Singh of Patiala demonstrated the working of flour mill using 
solar power.

Harpreet Kaur of government elementary school, Behdali in Ropar, showed the technique of treating sewage water for use in irrigation.

Students came up with yet very novel ideas as they displayed working of automatic water tanks that checks overflow and draws water on its own when the level gets low. They explained Nalgonda technique of removing harmful fluorides from water by using lime, bleaching powder and alum. Talking of rising population and land shortage, the students even came up with unique model of a “Floating city”. Teachers too were not far behind. They used their creativity for simplifying various mathematical theorems and formulas as they put up a show of their teaching aids. As many as 329 teachers and 309 students from 186 schools of the state participated in the event. Chief parliamentary secretary, education, Mahinder Kaur Josh, presided over the event.



Science story to get bigger
6 more coaches for spl train
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 29
Already getting a tremendous response from the public, especially students, at different stations, the science express exhibition train will now have more to offer as six more coaches will be attached with it. The train presently has only seven exhibition coaches.

The train already arrived at the rail coach factory (RCF) in Kapurthala on Wednesday from Jalandhar to get seven more coaches attached to it. Earlier, it was made available to visitors on Wednesday and Thursday in the RCF premises where an encouraging response was received from the schools of Kapurthala as over 5,000 students visited the train there.

Before reaching Haridwar in Uttranchal on December 2, the rail coach factory will fit six more coaches, increasing the number of coaches to 13 besides a few others for power house and other purposes.

According to Project Coordinator of Vikrama Sarabhai Community Science Centre, Ramesh Uttam, the train is showcasing many science and technology related discoveries and India’s legacy in all spheres.

Manned by a staff of 33 people, the exhibition, till now was displayed in seven air-conditioned coaches made by RCF.

The train received an enthusiastic response at different railway stations of the country, including those of Amritsar and Jalandhar, where it was made available for general public for some days. About one lakh people had already visited the exhibition train, the sources said. Besides showcasing the model of ‘Chanderyaan’, an unmanned lunar mission by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), to be launched next year it also exhibits the evolution of the universe, a piece of meteorite which was discovered in 1911 in Australia and a model of the Planck satellite, presently in space, has also been displayed in the exhibition. It is also showcasing a model of a Hydrogen car, which would probably be in the market by next year. The exhibition, which is the result of a partnership in science and technology between India and Germany, is providing a platform to students to understand the wonders of science and technology through audio-visual means and interactive computers. Launched by PM Dr. Manmohan Singh and Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel on October 30 from Delhi, it will cover 57 cities to enrich the scientific knowledge of the people of the country. 



Young World
‘La Spectacle Extraordinare’ leaves audience spellbound
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 29
Mayor World School organised a cultural show ‘Le Spectacle Extraordinare’ on Friday last for the parents of the primary section. The show was a symphony of twinkling stars, sweet melodies and happiness. The proud parents experienced moments of glory as they saw their children trapeze across the stage, dressed in colourful attires. As many as 300 children performed the Sarswati Vandana. There were others who sang French and German songs. Dancers depicting various seasons flitted across the stage bringing colour and vibrance to the show. The pom-pom dance and the “Diya Dance” had everyone tapping their feet and enjoying the rhythm. “Switching of the shoes”, the skit in English, received a huge round of applause. The school principal Neeraj Bhargava, in his address, stressed on the need to make children sensitive and humane before making them global citizens.

Seminar on nutrition

A seminar on ‘Edible oil - latest dietary fat recommendations’ was organised at Kanya Maha Vidyalaya. Dr Sanjeev Sharma, diet and nutrition consultant from A.P.

Organics Pvt Ltd, talked about benefits and drawbacks of various oil brands. He discussed various ways to overcome health problems like hypertension and high cholesterol. Students and faculty from the department of food science and microbiology also had an interactive session with Dr Sharma.

Annual fete

Annual fete was held at PCM SD College for Women and was inaugurated by local bodies minister Manoranjan Kalia. The students danced to the beats of ‘Chak de India’. Principal Kiran Arora gave prizes to the winners of the raffle draw.

Freshers’ party

Students of Social Institute of Management and Technology organised freshers’ party for BCA and BBA students. The students enjoyed the party and danced on the numbers played by the DJ. Antakshri and quiz competitions were also organised.

MSc toppers

Students of MSc (IT) second semester from Apeejay College of Fine Arts secured top ranks in examination conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University. Naneet Kaur stood first by securing 976 marks out of 1200 and Sheenam Khurana came third with 928 marks.

Cadets visit

Nearly 55 cadets from Innocent Hearts School visited the School of Blinds last week. They spent time with the special children trying to mitigate their misery and distributed sweets among them. They also entertained blind students by singing songs.

Teachers’ workshop

A teachers’ training workshop was held at Kanya Maha Vidyalaya last week by Rotary Club South. The aim of the programme was faculty development to help teachers to teach children of labourers and underprivileged families using innovative and creative methods.

Shabad singing

The primary wing of Guru Amar Dass Public School celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev by organising a shabad singing contest and decorating the school premises with streamers and balloons. Vice-principal Maninder Kaur motivated the students to follow the teachings of Guru Nanak.

Youth fest

An open kick-boxing district championship was held at Dayanand Model School on Wednesday in which various local school students participated. Sahil Papneja from CT Public School participated in seven fights in the under-19 category and won six fights. Sahil brought laurels to his school by bagging a silver medal as he was placed on the second position. He is an awardee of the open state karate championship which was held at Amritsar recently. The principal of the school, Lakhvinder Kaur congratulated him.

Placement conclave

Lovely Professional University organised a placement conclave on Friday last. The event was an initiative by LPU to bridge the gap between industry and academia by addressing the issues involved in churning out industry-oriented people. Noted people from HR fraternity of the IT industry, like Oracle, Birla Soft, NIIT, Aspire and Hero Mindmine joined the platform of bringing together the industry, academic visionaries, government officials and other luminaries.

Apeejay annual day

A four-day annual function, “Tawreekh ke pannne” began at Apeejay School, Model Town on Tuesday. During the function, 100 years of India’s struggle for freedom were showcased from the advent of East India Company to the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh and Mahatma Gandhi. The 60 years of independent India and its growth were also staged by the students as they presented the show reflecting patriotic feelings. An LCD presentation on 40 years of Apeejay foundation was also put up for the spectators. Headmistress Priya Singh lauded the efforts of the staff and students.



New Scholarship
More motivation for merit students
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, November 29
Guru Nanak College has instituted Pritam Singh Gandam-Dilbag Singh Gill memorial scholarship with an amount of Rs 25,000. Jaswant Singh Gandam, officiating principal of the college, donated this amount meant for giving scholarships to meritorious students.

The announcement was made at a function held to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak. An inter-class poetical and declamation contest was held on this occasion. Akali stalwart Kuldip Singh Wadala was the chief guest while tehsildar, Amanpal Singh, was the guest of honour at the function.

Prof Jagdish Singh of an NGO, United Sikhs, delivered the keynote address. Prof Piara Singh Bhogal, acting president of college, and an eminent Punjabi writer also addressed students.

Jathedar Wadala, a member of SAD Working Committee and Political Affairs Committee, advocated opening borders between India and Pakistan and reiterated his demand for a corridor for Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib near the Indo-Pak border in Pakistan. Prof Jagdish Singh regretted mental loafing and mob mentality gripping the state.

Terming the modern concept of secularism a fraud, he warned that the state was in a boiling cauldron and was going towards willing devastation. He said the state was a cradle of various religions and could contribute hugely to their perfection. Prof Harbhajan Singh Sohal, a Sikh scholar, highlighted the all-inclusive approach propagated by Guru Nanak.

In the inter-class contests related to Nanak’s life, message and teachings, students Mandeep Singh and Rupali won trophy.



Kathak Utsav from Dec 1
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 29
Kathak Kendra New Delhi will hold a four-day Kathak Utsav at Apeejay College of Fine Arts from December 1 to 4.

Kiron Bhatnagar, director of the Kendra, said emerging Kathak artistes from across India, including ex-students from her training institute, would be participating in the show. Leading exponent in the field, Uma Sharma, will be performing on the last day, she said. She said each day three to four performances would be held in the evening from 6 pm onwards. Bhatnagar said most of the performances would be solo, though there will be some duet ones as well such as by Nalini and Kamalini from Delhi on December 2 and Ravi Shankar Mishra and Mata Prasad Mishra from Varanasi on December 3.



Cruel Winters
Phagwara reeling under power cuts
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, November 29
The city is reeling under power cuts and normal life has been paralysed as people are facing acute shortage of drinking water.

When contacted, Senior XEN Sanjeev Kumar said according to standard schedule, power cut timings sent by PSEB authorities were from 12 am to 12.30 am, 9 am to 10 am, 12 noon to 4 pm and 6.30 pm to 7 pm, but unscheduled power cuts have forced the people to knock the doors of board officials.

Power supply was not available even after 10 am on Thursday and it was switched on at 10.45 am, but was again switched off at 11.05 am, while scheduled power cut timings were from 9 am to 10 am and 12 pm to 4 pm.

During the power cuts Nagar Council Phagwara stopped using water tanks and NC was now depending upon power supply to provide direct water supply to the residents.



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