Tardy work makes MC last choice 
Devp projects: MLAs give preference to PWD, JIT
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 11
Slow process of getting approvals for development projects through the municipal corporation, lengthy process of issuing tenders and delays in allotment of work to a contractor are now perhaps driving the MLAs to choose other civic bodies for allocation of work in their areas.

There are numerous projects in the city which are now being handed over to the PWD or the Jalandhar Improvement Trust ( JIT) for planning and execution. The construction of several roads, railway overbridges and flyovers in the otherwise MC domain are being undertaken by these bodies.

Several roads in the Model Town area are being constructed by the PWD. The construction of ROB across the Lyallpur Khalsa College level crossing is also with the PWD. There is a proposal to hand over construction of the proposed flyover across BMC Chowk to the improvement trust. Councillors of the areas concerned are, however, happy with the move. Most of them rue that even getting a small patch of road repaired through the MC is a cumbersome job. “The whole process takes at least five months, even that too after the officials concerned are repeatedly urged to get the work expedited. There is a possibility of a project getting lingered on for years despite the availability of grants,” they voiced a common resentment.

Aruna Arora, a councillor of the Model Town area, said she was happy that MLA Jagbir Brar had recently released a grant for road construction falling in her ward through the PWD. “He has recently doled out funds to the tune of Rs 1.5 lakh for Satkartar Nagar, Rs 1.5 lakh for Latifpura, Rs 1 lakh for Shankar Garden, Rs 1.5 lakh for Lal Nagar and Rs 1.5 lakh for repair of footpaths in Model Town. We are surprised to see the projects even getting started. People in my ward are naturally happy with the move.”

Brar is said to have released Rs 10 lakh to the municipal corporation 10 months ago for relaying of roads in the Model Town area but to no avail. The amount included Rs 5 lakh for Guru Nanak Nagar, Rs 2 lakh for Parkash Nagar and Rs 2 lakh for Latifpura.

Asked about his preference for the PWD this time, Brar did not clearly cite any reason. Mayor Rakesh Rathore said he could not do anything about the lengthy procedure. “That is part of the MC Act which we cannot bypass,” he opined.

Regarding allocating of major works to other civic bodies, he said, “We feel that other bodies have funds to execute them and we cannot ourselves undertake every project. We already are doing projects worth hundreds of crores of rupees.”



Colony count: 86 legal, 179 illegal 
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 11
In what may be termed as inaction and inefficiency of the government machinery, the number of illegal colonies in Jalandhar and its surrounding areas is more than double than the number of legal ones.

As many as 179 colonies are illegal in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of the Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA). This is the official figure provided by JDA member Parveen Kumar. What is more surprising is that the number of legal colonies falling under JDA is just 86.

While the JDA member could not give any satisfactory reply as to why the government machinery had failed to check these illegal colonies at their inception, he said legal action had been initiated against 82 illegal colonies and cases against them were pending in different courts.

The required documents were being collected to file cases against the remaining 97 illegal colonies, he added.

Denying any political pressure in checking illegal colonies, the member said the JDA was preparing a master plan for the development of areas falling under its jurisdiction - Jalandhar and four municipal committees of Alwalpur, Adampur, Kartarpur, Phagwara and the surrounding 260 villages.

The district town planners of Jalandhar and Kapurthala were already working to prepare the master plan with the help of satellite remote sensing centre, PAU, Ludhiana. The draft of the master plan was likely to be published by April 30 next, following which suggestions would be invited from the general public.

After making the required changes following suggestions, the draft of the master plan would be sent to the Punjab government for final approval.

Hoping that the final master plan will be out by July next year, the JDA member said the planned development of the areas falling under the JDA would start after that.



Deported Lehmber reaches village

Jalandhar, November 11
Lehmber Singh, a paralysed refugee in Canada, who fought a lone battle with the Canadian authorities to get political asylum and then avoid his deportation by taking shelter in a gurdwara, was finally deported. He reached his ancestral home last week.

A resident of Sohal Khalsa village, near here, Lehmber was given a warm see-off at Vancouver international airport by a number of supporters. Sitting quietly on a wheelchair in his small house, Lehmber witnessed many ups and downs during his stay in Canada.

While talking to The Tribune, Singh said after losing a battle of political asylum, he took shelter in a gurdwara in Cabana where he earned support from the Punjabi community. “They not only helped me in dodging my deportation but also extended monetary help for treatment as well,” he said.

Lehmber had reached Canada in 2003 using false documents, saying he had been wrongly accused of being involved with a Sikh militant group and he would face torture by the Punjab police if deported to India. He suffered aneurysm last year and since then he is bed-ridden. — TNS



Young World
Book exhibition to boost reading habits
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 11
BD Arya Girls College, Jalandhar cantonment, organised a two-day book exhibition to inculcate reading habits among students. The exhibition had books on mass communication, computer and English literature.

Guest lecture

The Youth Red Cross unit of HMV College, Jalandhar, organised a guest lecture on “Adolescent health tribulations”. Chief guest Dr Puneet Pasricha, head of plastic surgery, Pasricha Hospital, and Dr Seema Pasricha, gynaecologist, gave a speech on cosmetic surgery. The students were also told about other procedures like lip surgery, liposuction, blephroplasty, rhinoplasty and otoplasty.

Saraswati pujan

The Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women organised Saraswati pujan on November 7. The students of the Sanskrit and music departments took part in the event. Principal Kiran Arora said the prayer was conducted to inculcate religious, traditional and cultural values among students.

Shabad gayan

On the eve of birth anniversery of Guru Nanak Dev an inter-house shabad gayan competititon was organised at St Soldier Divine Public School, Kapurthala Road, here on Monday. Students Balpreet, Savinder, Sonakshi, Gagan, Harjinder, Ashupreet, Vikram and Navdeep presented shabads. Harjinder Singh of Maharana Partap House stood first, while Harpreet and Vikram of the same house stood second.

Extempore contest

Eklavya School, Jalandhar, organised an English extempore competition on November 8. The competition was held in two groups.

Results: Classes IX& X: Sagari Handa (first), Eklavya School, Shitika Batra (second), Innocent Hearts School and Ashima Rai (third), Police DAV Public School.

Classes XI & XII: Tejasvi Ghai (first), Innocent Hearts School, Ankita Sardana (second), Innocent Hearts School and Jagneet Kaur (third), Police DAV Public School.

Debate competition

Kamla Nehru Public School, Phagwara, organised a Sahodya inter-school debate competition in which Police DAV Public School won the overall trophy.

Youth fest

The Satyam Institute of Management and Technology bagged the first prize in the folk song competition during the youth festival of Ludhiana zone held on November 6 and 7. The song was presented by Amandeep Kaur.

Kala Utsav

The Citizen’s Welfare and Protection Council, Jalandhar cantt, organised Kala Utsav on November 8 and 9. As many as 800 students from 40 schools participated in 15 events, including music, theatre, fine arts, quiz and folk dance. Police DAV Public School bagged the overall trophy, while DAV Public School, Bilga, and LJN Model School were jointly declared first runners-up and Dayanand Model School, Dayanand Nagar, Jalandhar, the second runners-up.

Annual day

Little Champs, a pre-nursery school, organised its second annual day on November 6. The tiny tots participated in fancy dress competition.

Press visit

Students of DIPS Nurmahal were taken to The Tribune press at Bulandpur village on November 8. The students got to know about the printing process.

Council installed

The installation ceremony of the students’ council of HMV College was held on Monday. Ishu Gupta of BSc economics-III was declared the head girl and Navjot Kang of BA-III the hostel head girl. 



CT institute technocrats design a ‘desi monster’
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 11
Four students of the CT Group of Institutions have designed an 800cc bike with their technical skills and creativity. The bike has been designed with technical expertise and unique features of power.

Encouraged by their first-ever attempt at making a bike, the four pass-outs of mechanical engineering, Manpuneet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Surinder Singh and Jaspreet Singh, took the initiative under the guidance of their project in charge and head of department Arvind Birdi. Extremely happy over the success of their endeavour, the students said they worked day and night to complete the project.

“It was a challenge for us to make a bike powered with an 800cc Maruti car engine. The bike runs 25 to 27 km per litre, which definitely speaks loud and clear about its endurance.” Manpuneet Singh said, “The chassis was unstable and the bike was not balanced properly as well. Above all, the bike was difficult to turn since the handle wasn’t properly designed. Even the transmission system needed overhauling. The stability, safety and performance of the bike were the main issues.”

The students specially went to Delhi to gather the necessary material for the bike. Made with a budget of Rs 60,000, the bike has caught the fancy of the youngsters. Earlier too a group of final-year students of B. Tech mechanical engineering (2004 batch) had modified and fabricated an 800cc bike with the help of the faculty and the management.

Chairman of the institution Charanjit Singh Channi said, “The bike was first made by a diploma student from CT Polytechnic. The bike was powered by a Maruti 800cc car engine and was mostly made from the recycled parts of other motorbikes. Initially, when the bike was made, a number of problems surfaced.” Later, the bike was handed over to these students. And the entire bike was redesigned. “As the material used in the previous bike was not durable, many changes had to be made,” said Surinder Singh. “With the structure of the bike getting more stable than earlier, the vibration level was reduced to a great extent. Even the exhaust used earlier was just a pipe but this time we used an exhaust muffler, which we brought from Delhi. This helped in reducing the noise level and was less polluting. The rear tyre was specifically selected for more stability and traction to the road,” maintained Jaspreet Singh, another student. 



Dayanand Model Senior Secondary School win tourney
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 11
“Sahodya cricket,” a CBSE inter-school tournament, was held at the local Delhi Public School from November 6.

The opening match was played between Army Public School (APS) and Delhi Public School (DPS), Jalandhar. DPS won the match by scoring 117 runs in 12 overs, while APS could score only 116 runs in 19 overs.

The first quarterfinal was played between host team Delhi Public School and Ambika Modern School (AMS). Raghav Kocchar of DPS took five wickets and was declared man of the match. Kunwar Pal of DPS scored 42 runs in first 28 balls. DPS won the match by scoring 80 runs in 10.3 overs, while AMS could score 77 runs only.

The first semi-final was played between Dayanand Model Senior Secondary School (DMSSS) and MGN Public School. MGN won the toss and elected to field.

DMSSS won the match by scoring 152 runs in stipulated 20 overs. Vaibhav scored a good 50 runs in the match and DMSSS took five wickets for 21 runs. Vaibhav was declared man of the match.

The second semi-final ended in a nail-biting finish with the host team DPS, Jalandhar, defeating CT Public School by four wickets.

In the final, DMSSS won the toss and decided to bat first and made 187 runs in 20 overs and won the match. Karanpreet was the highest scorer with 60 runs.

Chasing the total of 188 runs DPS began well but scored 148 runs in 20 overs.

City mayor Rakesh Rathore gave away prizes to the winning teams.

Raghav Kochhar of DPS was adjudged the best bowler, Sachin of DMSSS man of the series, Kunwarpal of DPS best batsman and Karanpreet of DMSSS man of the match.



DAVIET clinch volleyball trophy

Jalandhar, November 11
The DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology (DAVIET) has clinched the Punjab Technical University inter-college volleyball (men) tournament for the third consecutive year, gaining the possession of the running trophy.

The three-day tournament that began on November 7 on the premises of the Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology, Amritsar, saw participation of 35 teams in the men’s category and 12 teams in the women’s category. In the final competition, the team defeated Guru Nanak  Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, 3-1. — TNS



Value degradation in education
Pooja Loomba

The concept of values is so deeply embedded in all human actions and thoughts that one should make an effort to implement it. The world at present is passing through a value conflict. This has had a great impact on all the spheres of modern life. The modern society is going back after modernisation which is affected by westernisation. The western culture is somewhat different from the Indian culture. Indians are adopting the western culture and the Indian values are being rooted out by the new generation.

There is no value without education and no education without value. Moral education is the basic foundation for our future races. The inculcation of morals and values is influenced by a complex network of environmental factors such as school, home, campus, media, peer group, community and society at large. Home takes the highest position in the hierarchy followed by school and the first interaction of children, after the parents, is with the teacher. Social, moral, aesthetic and spiritual concerns of the people can be developed by value education and it is most influenced by the informal mode of education. 

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development (1999) observed that it was quite disappointing in the past few decades as it failed to achieve the results for making education as value-oriented one. But the reports of committees and commissions are obvious that there had been a consensus of opinion regarding the inclusion of values in the education system as a whole. In spite of these, values could not be introduced directly in our educational institutions. Thus, it is high time to safeguard the parent set-up of values from further deterioration and degradation of society. The apex educational body, NCERT, recommended national curriculum framework (NCF) and stressed on the qualities like regularity, punctuality, cleanliness, self-control, industriousness, sense of duty, desire to serve, responsibility, enterprise, and creativity, sensitivity to greater equality, democratic 

attitude and sense of obligation to environmental protection in the citizens. Values and discipline are declining in the educational institutions as it has become a threat for the future teachers as well as for the administrators. Students do not pay due respect to their teachers as well as their parents which is the foremost moral duty for the future of the nation. 

It is high time that if such critical situations are not controlled, the ancient culture and civilisation of India will leave no impression for the coming generations. Ancient “Gurukuls” were better than modern schools, colleges as well as universities. As these institutions are degrading the standard of morality. Who is responsible for such moral degradation? Ultimate solution lies in the various ways by which logical strategies may be adopted.

* Students must be involved in such constructive group activities which are to become the members of different associations like lions clubs, eco-clubs, rotary clubs, science clubs, etc. 

n Students must be involved in some projects which are fruitful for the protection of environment such as NSS camps which may be conducted in some slum areas. n Project methods must be the methods of teaching for the students. Various projects to inculcate moral education should be motivated to be taken by the teachers as well as students.

n Inculcating a policy of live and let live must be encouraged for the students. n The various community and co-curricular activities such as competitions, debates, exhibitions, demonstrations and excursions should be organised by the teachers to inculcate values of behavioural interaction.

n Activities such as choreography, skits, dramas, plays as well as short stories should be a part of the school curriculum.

n Multimedia cannot be ignored as it must create positive thinking among the students.



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