DISE survey to pump up education facilities
Kusum Arora/TNS

Jalandhar, November 18
The Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) authorities have started collecting information in association with the department of school education under the SSA programme for a district information on school education (DISE) survey. The survey, to be conducted every year on September 30, would include various details about the school.

In a letter issued by the DSE, the authorities claimed that the primary aim behind this was to prepare annual plans of all the schools in a desired manner.

The secretary to government of Punjab, DSE, K.B.S. Sidhu, sent directions to all private schools - both recognised as well as unrecognised and government-aided private schools - to provide the information in the DISE format whenever required by the DSE within the stipulated period.

District project coordinator of SSA Rajiv Kumar Joshi said, “There are a large number of private, recognised, unrecognised and government-aided private schools in the state. Most of the times the authorities do not provide required information about their schools to the competent authority in the department of school education to prepare annual plans. This creates problem in assessing the total amount of funds to be released for these schools for future plans.” The information would be used to prepare the annual plans to be submitted to the government of India under the SSA programme.

With this initiative, the authorities concerned expect to get their due share from the government of India.

Till date, the SSA has gathered information about as many as 2,600 schools in the district. And to accomplish this project the SSA conducted training for block resource persons (BRPs) and teachers through Edusat so that the problems pertaining to infrastructure and administration of the school can be brought to fore.Through DISE, the SSA authorities would be able to keep a tab on the required furniture, number of classrooms, total students, blackboards and much more. “The DISE will also focus on the number of teachers and their qualification in the school,” added Joshi.



Kapurthala focal point 
Industrialists seek preference in plot allotment 
Dharmendra Joshi/TNS

Phagwara, November 18
Welcoming the decision of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to set up an industrial focal point at Jhal Theikriwal village, near Subhanpur, in Kapurthala district, industrialists have sought preferential share in the proposed focal point.

Senior vice-president of the Punjab Chamber of Small Exporter (PCSE) A.K. Kohli demanded that industries of Phagwara should be given preference while providing industrial plots at the proposed focal point as Phagwara was the main industrial hub and revenue generating centre of Kapurthala district.

Besides, almost all the revenue heads and more than 55 banks have their presence in Phagwara. More than 1,000 MSME units are functioning in different localities of Phagwara and they are eagerly looking for their expansion and growth.

This proposed focal point can also help and facilitate the expansion and rehabilitation of small and growing industrial units of Phagwara, Kohli added.

Kohli further said contrary to these facts, no meeting was held at Phagwara either by the principal secretary, industries, or the director, industries and commerce, Punjab, for the purpose of awareness, guidance or feeling the pulse of MSME units of Phagwara.

The purpose of setting up the industrial focal point can achieve 100 per cent success, if a high-level meeting of department concerned is held at Phagwara before finalisation of the project, he said, demanding that at least 40 per cent reservation and preference should be given to the 100 per cent export units, engineers, technocrats, industrialists as well as entrepreneurs of Kapurthala district.

However, it seems from the present circumstances that industrial units from Jalandhar city and nearby areas would be more fortunate and would be much benefited from this proposed industrial focal point, he added.



When art meets atoms
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 18
She reflects a rare combination of an upcoming Kathak danseuse and a budding technocrat. A second-year B.Tech student of the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, Asmita Puri has recently made a mark by winning the first prize in the classical dance competition at the PTU’s inter-zonal youth festival.

She now has been selected to participate in the inter-university (north zone) youth festival to be held next month on the Panjab University campus.

To top this all, Asmita is the granddaughter of Shobha Koser, who has been a leading Kathak exponent of Jaipur Gharana and founder of the Pracheen Kala Kendra 
in Chandigarh. Almost her entire family is into classical dancing.

“My ‘nani’ was certainly a renowned figure in the field. I have formally been her ‘shishya’ for four years. My ‘nanu’ M.L.Koser, ‘mamu’, ‘mami’, mom and my younger sister are all into Kathak. We have all even danced together once on the stage at Tagore Theatre almost two years back. My ‘nani’ calls it the ‘kutumb parampara’. It still is perhaps the most fondly remembered event for our entire family, for we all thoroughly enjoyed it. This is why when people remark that it seems that dancing is in your blood. I tell them that they are very correct.”

Asmita hails from Ludhiana and her mother Purva Puri runs the zonal office of the Pracheen Kala Kendra in Ludhiana and also the Shobhanya Kala Kendra, which she has established in the memory of Asmita’s grandmother (nani).

Asmita’s first Kathak performance on stage dates back to the time when she was a playschool student.

“That was when I dressed up as Radha for some Janmashtami celebrations,” she adds. Since then, there have been numerous events. She has been the winner of the Bal Shree award. She has participated in a number of events, including Sahodya School dance contests and DAV youth festivals.

The talented young dancer aims MBA after her graduation. “I aim to balance my studies with dance. I plan to take up both the avenues side by side. I cannot afford to leave either of the two,” she exclaims.

Asmita is also into canvas painting. She recently dabbled in dramatics as an on-stage narrator for her college play, “Ma Sadke”, which again won the first prize in the inter-zonal PTU youth festival.



80 pc respiratory diseases due to smoking: Experts
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 18
World COPD Day was observed by health experts here today. Experts claimed that the disease was largely caused by smoking or consumption of tobacco. According to the Indian National Family Health Survey, the smoking prevalence in India is close to 30 per cent among males and 2.5 per cent in females. Smoking cause 80 per cent of the COPD cases.

According to Dr H.J. Singh, the chronic obstructive respiratory diseases (COPD) is a condition in which the airways get narrowed and blocked with secretions. Over a period of time the ling tissue gets permanently damaged.

More than 13 million Indians have been suffering from the COPD. Nearly 62 per cent of the COPD patients were men, while the rest include women and children. In India, as in the rest of the world, COPD continues to be a disease that is undergoing diagnosed too late, thus forcing millions of the patients to live in a near-morbid state.

Heavy exposure to occupational dusts, chemicals and air pollution, both indoor and outdoor, are the main factors that help the disease to develop much rapidly. In rural areas, exposure to hearth (chullah) smoke is a very important factor, especially for women.

Early symptoms of the disease include coughing, bringing up sputum and getting out of breath during exercise. The disease also affects the heart, muscles and can lead to problems like depression, the experts said.



Sampla to lead poll campaign team
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 18
Punjab Khadi Board chairman Vijay Sampla will lead workers going for campaigning for party candidates in Jammu and Kashmir from Jalandhar.

Party sources said that the duties were chalked out at a meeting of the party held in Chandigarh today. Other issues discussed include new mandal formations as per the delimitation process and starting a primary membership drive.

In addition to Jalandhar, leaders and workers from Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Amritsar have also been asked to go to Jammu and Kashmir. They have been asked to remain there during the second round of campaigning that is to be held on November 24.

Similarly, leaders and workers from Ludhiana have been asked to work for the success of party candidates in Delhi while those from Bathinda and surrounding areas have been asked to go to Rajasthan for campaigning, the sources added.



Young World
Workshop to boost job prospects
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 18
Lovely Professional University hosted an industry-academia interactive workshop “Enhancing employability” with collaborative efforts of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Aspire on Tuesday. Various representatives from the industry, the government and the CII were present on the occasion, including Punjab Infotech managing director R.K. Verma, CII director Col I.S. Gahlaut, Wipro BPO vice-president Alok Jain and Aspire Human Capital Management CEO Amit Bhatia. The programme aimed at finding practical ways to bridge the gap between the availability of human resources and employment avenues available so that proper utilisation of human resources can be ensured for greater inputs by the industry so as to enhance the curriculum as per the industrial requirements.

Verma from Punjab Infotech highlighted the need of sprucing the IT scene citing an excess of computer professionals over job opportunities available in the state. He said, “In Punjab, we have some of the brightest IT professionals. But because of lack of an entrepreneurship sense, coupled with absence of a more dispersed presence of IT companies in the state, the students are forced to pack their bags for southern destinations. If the trend can be reversed, we would see huge gains on the front of industrial growth and financial resurgence of the state.” On the same line, Col Gahlaut said that the CII was working with the government and the industry to bring the state on the map of industrial development of the country, and the educational institutes and universities should gear themselves for the new opportunities that were to come their way in the next three to five years.

DAVIET lifts trophy

Almost 500 students from 28 colleges of Punjab, affiliated to Punjab Technical University, took part in the PTU’s inter-zonal youth festival. Nearly 25 events, including cultural, fine arts and literary categories were organised. The DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, Jalandhar, lifted the winner trophy for the seventh consecutive year. The team from Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College, Fatehgarh Sahib, ended up as the first runners-up. Hilarious skits brought laughter to everyone’s face and at the same time spread strong messages. The exuberance and vitality of the Punjabi girls was vigorously displayed in giddha. The traditional “boliyaan” were presented with such zeal as the energetic feet of the people were spontaneously set in. Performances by comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi and singer Teji Sandhu were perfect icing on the cake.

Children’s Day

A cultural programme was organised at St Soldier Divine Public School, Mithu Basti and Ladhewali, on Children’s Day. Students of the main branch school, Vanshika, Sakshi, Muskan, Tammana, Bhanu and Kulwinder presented patriotic poems. They also performed giddha and bhangra. Ladhewali students presented cultural items like songs, skits and dances.

Darshan Academy celebrated Children’s Day with great joy and fervour on Senior Wing Kala Sanghia Road, Kot Saddiq. Students participated in fancy dress, folk dance and spoke on the life of Chacha Nehru. The winners were awarded prizes and merit certificates.

Police DAV Public School celebrated Children’s Day. On this occasion the students of Yashaswi House presented a cultural show. The students of class III danced to the tune of a patriotic song.

The Sky Academy organised a dance competition “The Pulse-2008” on Children’s Day. A cultural programme was presented on the occasion.

On Children’s Day students of Manav Sehyog School in association with 92.7 FM participated in “Rahat abhiyaan” and distributed clothes among the needy people.

Tiny-tots of the pre-primary wing of Ambika Modern School participated in different kinds of games, quiz and dance competitions.

Students of CJS Public School celebrated Children’s Day and presented cultural items. The school organised fun games for the children, chairperson of the school Neena Mittal inaugurated play station for tiny-tots and gave away academic and other prizes to the students. Sweets were also distributed among the children.

The Sanskriti KMV School celebrated Children’s Day with grand-parents of the children. On the occasion, a cultural programme was presented. The winners were given away prizes.

World Diabetes Day

The Department of Science of the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, celebrated World Diabetes Day on November 14. A skit was presented on the occasion to depict the causes and preventions from diabetes. Students prepared posters and charts and the best entries were awarded.

Rangoli competition

A CBSE sahodya cluster inter-school rangoli competition was held at Police DAV Public School on November 15. As many as 18 schools participated in the competition.

Annual function

Shiv Bal Vatika Public School organised its annual prize distribution function on November 16. Students were given away prizes for their brilliance in different disciplines, including academics, drawing competition, poetry recitation, 100 per cent attendance and best parents award. Chairman of the Jalandhar improvement trust Baljeet Singh Neelamahal awarded the students.

Alumni meet

The ICFAI National College (INC) organised their alumni meet on November 16. A presentation on personality development was presented by Brig J.K. Gagneja, campus head, INC. On the occasion, a review of the progress of alumni in present jobs was done by the faculty and future career prospects were discussed.

Fete fun

The Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women celebrated its 35th annual fete on November 16. Students presented a cultural programme. Punjab minister for transport Mohan Lal was the chief guest on the occasion.

National Press Day

The mass communication and video production department of BD Arya Girls College, Jalandhar cantonment, celebrated National Press Day on November 15. Local journalists spoke on the need of a free and fair journalism for the welfare of society. An open interaction session was held in which students asked their queries pertaining to media.

Quiz contest

Pardeep Kaur of the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, won laurels for the institution by bagging the second position in the state-level quiz competition conducted by the languages department held at Ludhiana. She was given a silver medal, cash prize and a certificate.

X-Ray Day

World X-Ray Day was celebrated at St Soldier Co-Ed College on Saturday. About 100 students of physiotherapy and pharmacy attended a seminar organised on the occasion. Dr Vijay Kumar addressed students and explained the right way of making use of X-Ray.



Sappers celebrate Corps Day
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 18
The Sappers of Vajra Corps celebrated their 228th Corps Day here on Tuesday. Chief Engineer, Vajra Corps, Brig S.M. Desai, addressed all ranks during the sainik sammelan.

Tracing their roots to the inherited legacy of the Royal Sappers and Miners of the Pre-Independence era, the rechristened Corps of Engineers emerged as a vital combat support arm of the Army.

The corps has been instrumental in executing multifarious tasks, including combat works services, Border Roads Organisation, geo apatial information system, aid to civil authority and performing flood relief operations in Punjab and Bihar.



U-19 soccer tourney
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 18
The 30th under-19 Punjab state soccer championship would be held at Khandoor Sahib, district Tarn Taranm, from November 28 to December 3.

The trials would be held on November 20 at Cantt Board Senior Secondary School for boys, Jalandhar Cantonment, at 1.00 pm. 



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