Students hooked on to net; parents, colleges concerned
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10
Uninterrupted access to the internet has become a serious issue not only for the parents of students but also for the administration of various professional colleges here.

In fact, the authorities of the colleges offering IT courses are so sick of the net addiction among students that they are looking for ways to allow a controlled exposure of the students to the internet while also making it a point that these restrictions do not hinder their learning process in any way.

While the students of the Dr BR Ambedkar National Institute of Technology (NIT) had an access to the internet through PCs provided in the hostel till the last session, the provision is likely to be withdrawn this time. The staff of the institute pointed out that the students were getting hooked to the net as they surfed various sites till early in the morning.

“As a result, they fail to turn up during the first few morning lectures and reach late or feel sleepy and unattentive during the entire day,” said Dr Moin Uddin, director, adding that from this session onwards, the PCs would be shifted from individual rooms to the common hall which would be closed after midnight.

Chancellor of Lovely Professional University Ashok Mittal said since there were over 3,000 wi-fi enabled systems on the campus placed in libraries and other sections, it is impossible for the authorities to supervise the functioning on each one of them.

“We have installed firewalls which hinder access to any vulgar site. We allow heavy downloads only at night. We advise them to go off to sleep after giving a command for downloads so that they return to classes next morning fresh. Since we are very strict on attendance, the students also prefer to wind up early,” he said.

Director of DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology C.L. Kochher, however, said he had not faced any problem of the sort till date. “Our campus is wi-fi enabled and laptop is compulsory for all students. The students have a choice to use net in their hostel, common rooms or even the lawn. But we have control in our hands since we can always switch off the main server if need be,” he said.



IMA demands ordinance on security of medicos
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10
In the wake of rising incidents of violence and assaults on doctors, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab, has demanded an ordinance on the protection of lives and property of the medical practitioners.

Members of the IMA said Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had announced an ordinance for the security of medicos within a month after an attack on a Jalandhar-based hospital a couple of month ago, but nothing had been done sos far.

Talking to The Tribune, IMA senior vice-president Dr Rakesh Vig claimed that the association had time and again apprised the government of this vital issue of assault on doctors, but to no avail.

Recalling the incidents of attacks on doctors at Samana, Amritsar and Jalandhar, Punjab IMP president Dr Yesh Sharma said the miscreants not only damaged valuable equipment but also looted these medical institutions of medicines and other machinery, besides creating an atmosphere of insecurity among other patients.

The association condemned the attacks and expressed solidarity with the affected medicos.



Plot turns into pond
Old man seeks action against culprits
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10
A septuagenarian, Harbhajan Singh, resident of Khambran village here, has been running from pillar to post since the past few months pleading for action against those who have broken a drain leading to discharge of village sewer waste into his vacant plot, but to no avail.

The elderly man says while no effort has been made to apprehend the mischievous persons, the officials have even failed to stop the discharge of foul, smelly water into his vacant plot.

The man, who is blinded in the right eye, has cataract in the left one, partially lost his sense of hearing and is able to walk very slowly, said he had made repeated rounds to the offices of the BDPO, DDPO, ADC (D), SHO, Lambran, and even the SSP in the last three months, but his requests had failed to bear fruits.

Harbhajan Singh says he wanted to sell off his 28 marla land worth Rs 50 lakh but all buyers returned as they found the plot converted into a pond.

He said he had written to the ADC pleading that he was being made to suffer physical and mental harassment and monetary loss due to inordinate delay in draining water from the plot.

He said no action was being taken despite the fact that a young village boy had accidentally drowned in the pond in his car in December, 2007, as he failed to notice the diversion of the pond water.

He said the letter was marked to the DDPO, who had in turn written to the BDPO asking him to check up the matter urgently. He said while these reports pertained to April 28, no action had come even two and a half months later.

He said at that time he had also approached the SSP who in turn had asked the SHO, Lambran, to inquire into the matter.

Lambran SHO Harpreet Singh, when contacted, said he had asked the complainant to approach the panchayat officers. He said the villagers wanted to dry the village pond for which they had diverted the pond water into a village common land. He said since a plot of the complainant is situated next to the common land, it got filled up with the water through a broken drain.

He said the BDPO in a communique had recently asked him to identify the persons who had mischievously broken the drain, which he would soon get done.



Panchayat members to take oath today
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10
An oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected panchayat members in the district will be held at the Kartarpur grain market on July 11 at 10 am.

Deputy commissioner Ajeet Singh Pannu said the venue had been shifted from Guru Gobind Singh Stadium to the mandi in view of the inclement weather.

Cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh will administer the oath to the panches at the ceremony.

As many as 5,400 members, including 1,800 women, from 887 panchayats in the district, will take the oath of office on the occasion.

Accompanied by senior officers, the deputy commissioner oversaw all the arrangements on Thursday.



80 pc paddy transplantation over in Punjab
A Correspondent

Jalandhar, July 10
Despite labour crisis in Punjab, 80 per cent transplantation of paddy has been completed till July 8. Director (agriculture) B.S. Sidhu told The Tribune on Wednesday that paddy in around 20 lakh hectares had been transplanted till July 8 in the state.

It was after a long time that Punjabi farmers and labour undertook paddy transplantation themselves as there was an acute shortage of migrant labour this year. The transplantation rates went up to Rs 1,000 per acre this time from Rs 500 last season.

“The area under paddy in Punjab is around 26 lakh hectares and the target area will be completed in the next few days,” said Sidhu.

Earlier the Punjab government had banned the paddy sowing before June 10 to save groundwater and after June 10 enough migrant labour was not available. This made the Punjabi farmers do the transplantation. “We were upset due to shortage of labour but my family worked with me in the fields to overcome the problem,” said Kartar Singh, a farmer. The labour crisis brought a major change in the thinking of Punjabi farmers because they had not been working in the fields for a long time as they were dependent on the labour from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, he added. Sidhu said, “About 10 transplantation machines had been made available to us by the government, but farmers have not used them this year. The entire transplantation has been done manually.”



Banking on kirtan for solace
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10
At a time when society is coping with increased stress levels and the lure of pop music, many youngsters are turning to the solace provided by kirtan, training of which is provided by an academy being run by the Punjab and Sind Bank.

Set up in a spacious accommodation in Urban Estate (Phase I) here, the academy completed its two years a few days ago.

“So far, 1,928 students have passed through its portals,” said bank employee Satbir Singh, who also teaches the nuances of kirtan to the students in the evening.

An accomplished violin player who also has a masters degree in music, Satbir says the academy is the brainchild of former bank chairman K.S. Bains who was of the view that, besides providing banking services to the masses, they should also provide succour to people through devotional music. Hence, no fee is charged from those who wish to learn, he adds.

Starting with a trickle, the number of students has been on the rise and nowadays even aged people come to learn kirtan. I teach the students to play on the harmonium and the tabla. Those who have passed out perform kirtan on all religious occasions, he points out.

Another salient feature of the academy is the archives where a large collection of kirtan is available from noted “kirtankars” of yore like Bhai Samund Singh, Bhai Santa Singh, Bhai Surjan Singh, Bhai Gurpal Singh and Bhai Dharam Singh Zakhmi.

CDs of the recordings from old and rare vinyl records from the 30s and 40s are available which too are provided to the people free of cost.



Taking education to a different level
Shruti Arora

Jalandhar, July 10
The Lovely Institute of Management (LIM) stepped into the field of education in 2001 and became the first private university of Punjab.

As LIM it started as a small institute but transformed itself into a large centre of learning under the name of Lovely Professional University (LPU) where more than 11,000 students presently study. In 2002, the Lovely Institute of Technology (LIT) came into existence. Lovely Professional University (LPU) came into existence in 2005 but was formally granted the university status in 2006.

Students come to study here not only from the northern region but also from other parts of the country. The LPU has started more then 150 professional courses.

B. Tech student from Muradabad Sahil said, “One thing that is really good about the university is that placement level is satisfactory.”

Another B. Tech student Sagar from Orissa is all praise for the atmosphere on the campus. He said, “In the beginning I faced some difficulty to grasp the surroundings and atmosphere but now I find the people around very cooperative and helpful. We got practical training in the very first year which I think other universities do not provide.” BBA student Simi from the UK said, “Initially I came to Punjab to study for three years but now I want to study further here.”

Chancellor Ashok Mittal said many new facilities would come up on the campus in the near future. the sprawling campus with an area of over 300 acres is wi-fi enabled. Besides, digital cards would be launched shortly. An excess centre system and a business incubation centre would also be launched.

Vice-chancellor Dr Vijay Gupta said bringing transparency in the system was the first and foremost aim of the LPU. Every student could place his problems before any teacher, HoD or the dean directly. Students were helped for placements or any other type of job opportunities. More than 80 MNCs have visited the LPU and about 1,000 students have achieved placements in the first session itself.



Young World
St Soldier students top GND varsity exams
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10
Students of BA and BSc (I) of St. Soldier group of colleges bagged the top positions in the Guru Nanak Dev University examinations. Rupinder Kaur and Poonam, both studemts of BA (I) of St. Soldier College, Basti Danishmandan, secured 557 and 545 marks out of 800, respectively.

In BA (II), Vaishali got 597 marks out of 800 and Meenu Sekka secured 589 marks out of 800. Similarly, Navdeep Mattu of BA (II) of St. Soldier Girls College, Khambra, secured the merit position with 71 per cent marks. On the other hand, Sonia of BSc (economics-II) got 74 per cent marks.

AIDS awareness

Students of the Vivek Aggarwal School of Performing Arts organised an AIDS awareness programme in a unique way. The school students, in association with members of the Red Cross Society, organised a show at Red Cross Bhavan on Sunday in which the message was delivered by means of choreography, dance and ballet. Youngsters wearing black and red apparels, with messages written on their dresses, performed during the function.

Summer camp

A month-long summer camp organised at Nach Baliye, a dance academy, concluded here last week. The 80 participants of the camp cut the cake and performed on three dance numbers.



Mango festival opens today
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 10
A 10-day monsoon and mango mania food festival will begin at Hotel President here tomorrow. It will be the seventh consecutive food festival by the hotel management. The festival will conclude on July 20.

F&B manager of Hotel President Amit Vij said at a press conference here today that they had planned some special attractions for visitors to the festival. These include complimentary welcome alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for every visitor, a special mango cuisine, combo meals at economic rates, mango salads and mango desserts. Non-vegetarian dishes included fish mango, chicken mango, etc.

There is special meals for kids. Besides, cold drinks, they would be given sweats and toffees, etc. Surprise gifts would also be distributed among children, Vij said. 



Computer course

Jalandhar, July 10
The District Sainik Welfare Office (DSWO) would begin a one-year computer course approved by the National Council of Vocational Training, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, on August 1.

The screening test of the candidates will take place on July 26 and interview for those selected would be held on July 28. The final selection would be based on the results of the medical examination of the candidates on July 29. Application forms complete in all respects should be submitted by July 25. Ex-servicemen, their widows, wards of ex-servicemen, serving defence personnel, paramilitary forces and SC/ST candidates are eligible for the course. — TNS



5 auto thieves held

Jalandhar, July 10
The Shahkot police claims to have arrested five members of a gang of auto thieves, also involved in cases of robbery and snatching in the area for some time. The police has recovered two motorbikes and some mobile phones from their possession.

According to DSP Daljinder Singh Dhillon, five members of the gang, Tirath Singh, Ramandeep, Buta Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Sodhi, all residents of Billi Charahm village, were arrested from the village. They had also stolen a motorcycle owned by a chemist in Malsian village, the DSP said.

The thieves were also involved in cases of snatching on various link roads in the area, he added. — TNS



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