Overbridge plan at BMC Chowk gets govt’s nod
The Chief Minister releases Rs 20 crore for the purpose
Amarjit Thind
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 15
Decks have been cleared for the construction of an overbridge at BMC Chowk and funds worth Rs 20 crore have been released to the local municipal 

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who was in the city to lay the foundation stone of the Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT), reiterated that all round development of the state was his priority and in this context he released Rs 100 crore for various developmental works being undertaken by the civic body a few days ago.

Similarly, he also handed over a cheque of Rs 20 crore to the mayor for various schemes. A sum of Rs 8 crore was also released for improving the infrastructure at the focal point.

Badal said Jalandhar was the hub of leather goods and this institute would provide an opportunity to the youth to get top of the line training and seeking employment in the local units. Similarly, sports goods were another area where the expertise of 
the pass outs from the institute could be used, he pointed out.

Flaying the Congress for getting the Bhatinda refinery closed, he said he had got the scheme revived that would provide employment to hundreds of unemployed youngsters directly and indirectly. Our government has also taken steps to generate power and four thermal plants have been set up.

Presently the institute would function from rented premises but would shift to the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Avenue when the building is completed.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Industries Minister Manoranjan Kalia, Improvement Trust Chairman Baljeet Singh Neela Mahal and party’s parliamentary candidate Hans Raj Hans.



Campus Notes
PTU witnesses change in work atmosphere
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 15
There is a major change in the work atmosphere of Punjab Technical University - the first one being because of the change in the location almost 15 km away from the previous site and the second because of the change of guard.

As the process of shifting to the new site is on, the staff seem to be still adjusting with the new surroundings, transportation problem, new spacious seating arrangements and unavailability of food variety.

The university staff that had been almost functioning without a head over the past seven months is also now getting acquainted with the style of functioning of the new vice-chancellor, Dr Rajnish Arora. Since the new vice-chancellor is still learning the existing system of working of every branch, day-long meetings with the staff have also become a common practice.

Since the meetings sometimes continue from morning till late in evening, the staff which is also burdened with record-keeping in the new setup, finds little time for their individual day-to-day work, including clearing innumerable files coming to their offices daily.

To hold council meeting

For the first time since its inception, Punjab Technical University would be conducting an academic council meeting and convocation function on its campus.

Hitherto the university affairs were being run from a small, rented building on Ladowali Road here, the campuses of the affiliated colleges, especially the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, were primarily being used for conducting such functions.

The university’s new campus on Kapurthala Road has huge halls as well as open space for conducting bigger functions. The academic council meeting was scheduled for January 21 and convocation would be held on February 13. Earlier the host colleges made sure that all the arrangements were in place for the functions, this time PTU officials were burdened with the task of doing everything by their own, including getting furniture, tents, catering and other requirements.


Even the visitors, primarily the students, are finding it difficult to reach the new campus. Once inside, they seem to get completely lost in the maze for there are no signboards for directions anywhere inside the four-storey complex.

The final seating plan has also not been finalised. The token system for the students is also yet to get restarted there.

Advanced technology

The handling of university affairs seems to have become more technologically advanced.

For the first time since the inception of the university, the agenda for the academic council meeting has been put on the university website, that too at least six days in advance, claimed the new VC.

All circulars are also being sent online to various colleges using the group ID technique. Even the registration of the students this time has been done through online method, said registrar Sarojini Gautam Sharda.

“We got a new software prepared and we have sent it to the colleges who are simply uploading it back to us with complete details of every enrolled student filled up,” she added.

High expenses

In the new campus, the expenditure of the university is increasing manifold each day. Without a power connection, the entire building is running on a generator the day through. Landscaping, private security, housekeeping, purchase of furniture and furnishing material and transportation are all proving to be a costly affair.



Jalandhar doesn’t get DEO (secondary)
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 15
Although 15 days have passed since the post of the district education officer (secondary) fell vacant, the education department is yet to finalise an officer for the post.

Lobbying for this crucial post, which fell vacant on December 31, 2008, started even before the retirement of Harinder Sahni, but a decision in this regard is still awaited.

It is learnt that some of the candidates for the post are close to education minister Upinderjit Kaur.

According to information, as least seven officials are in the fray for the position.

They are district education officer (elementary) Joginder Dass, the deputy district education officer of Jalandhar, Nehru Garden Senior Secondary School principal Harbans Kaur, Kapurthala district education officer Roop Lal, in-service training centre principal Prithpal Singh, the principal of a senior secondary school in Jalandhar and the principal of a junior model school.

Sources in the education department maintain that with the final examinations of the students round the corner, the department should take the decision as soon as possible.

“Jalandhar is one of the most significant education centres in the state. And with a majority of the administrative work depending on this post, the decision for the appointment needs to be speeded up,” said a source.



Know Your Artiste
Punjab has a ‘Waris’
Aparna Banerji
Tribune News Service

Manmohan Waris.
Manmohan Waris. Photo: Suryakant

Jalandhar, January 15
“Tere dil vich jad vi meriyan
yaadan fere paun giyan,
sutti payi nu hichkiyan aungiyan”.

Riding on the lips of the Punjabi youth, these immortal lines sung in ‘his’ soothing, liquid voice became quite a reference point for the lovelorn “gabrus” who sought a poetic refuge in the song - a cult hit - to poetically get back at the beautiful dames who had forsaken (but not forgotten) them.

For a place like Punjab where music and love have been loved since times immemorial, a musician like Manmohan Waris is made to order. His addictive, melancholic takes on love, celebratory strains on Punjabi culture, solemn criticism of social evils and musical tributes to the Punjabi literature have all left the “desi” and “parvasi” masses craving for more.

Born at Halluwall village in a farming family, Waris’s love and aptitude for music was detected at an early age by his father. “At the age of four, I caught hold of an ‘algoza’ from somewhere and started taking out tunes on it, although I had no prior training in music.”

“At 10, I started learning music from Gyani Gurbaksh Singh Dilabar,” says Waris who is a graduate in music from Punjabi University. “But the man to whom I owe my real knowledge in music and the one who is deeply respected by our family is Ustad Jaswant Singh Bhanwra (also known as the father of lok gayaks).”

Waris, along with his family, had moved to Canada at the insistence of his sister in 1990. He and his brothers - singer Kamal (Heer) and music director and lyricist Sangtar - used to make kitchen cabinets but their minds were still set on music. “Our first album ‘Mahiya’ made in Canada in 1992 hadn’t been much of a hit. We had released about 2,000 tapes, out of which 1,000 had been sold off somehow. But the rest of them had to be thrown in the garbage.

“In 1993 we came up with ‘gairan nal peenghan jhootdiye’. We made a conscious effort to keep the stuff commercially viable this time and it worked. There has been no looking back since then.”

Waris, who also sang the classic “Mera rang de basanti chola” in the film “The Legend of Bhagat Singh”, has churned out hits after hits, the journey however wasn’t very easy for him who was discouraged in the beginning by many acquain tances who had asked him to quit music. “But after our album became a hit, there was a complete reversal in the attitude of many of those who earlier discouraged us. It’s part of the game.”

In 2003, Waris started Plasma records along with his brothers, and since then they have been singing for their own label for the most part. “There was a reason for Plasma too. Many of the top guys in record companies themselves don’t have the idea of the pulse of Punjabi music but we are expected to alter stuff and work according to their notions. Now we can do our own stuff without interference.”

He has lately been concentrating on live shows. Every year he performs a show outside India under the banner Punjabi Virsa. His message to aspiring singers, “Learn music first and then think of releasing an album.”



Namesake Saga
One gets bail, other walks free 
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 15
What could even the jail officials do when two persons have same names, same father names, belong to same place and lodged in same cases? It has to be presumed that mistakes may happen if we counter such a situation.

At the local central jail, the officials on Wednesday made this mistake when they released an inmate while his namesake, the actual prisoner, who got a bail from the court, remained waiting for his release inside his barrack.

The inmates, both named Balwinder Singh, were residents of Sultanpur Lodhi, their fathers’ names were Darbara Singh and they were also lodged in same cases under the NDPS Act.

Names of their grandfathers, however, were different — Ranjit Singh and Kishan Singh.

Meanwhile, three jail employees had to face the music for the blunder. Jail superintendent G.S. Sandhu chargesheeted warrant officer Joginder Singh, warrant munshi Sukhwinder Singh and constable Rajinder Singh soon after he came to know about the incident.

The incident occurred when family members of Ranjit Singh, grandfather of Balwinder Singh, visited the jail seeking his release on court orders. The family members had approached the jail officials after a local court granted a bail to Balwinder Singh.

Without verifying all the facts, including names of their grandfathers’, the jail employees released Kishan Singh’s grandson.

They could detect their mistake after family members of the actual inmate approached the official concerned when their lad did not turn up till late in the evening. The jail employees rushed helter-skelter and found actual inmate, to be released, inside this barrack waiting for his release.

Panic gripped the jail officials and employees and police parties were dispatched to trace the Balwinder Singh, grandson of Kishan Singh.

He was finally picked up from his house late last night and re-lodged inside the jail.

The jail superintendent said three employees were chargesheeted for performing their duties negligently. He said a complaint in writing has also been made to senior officials seeking necessary action against the erring employees.



Young World
Central grant for Lyallpur Khalsa College 
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, January 15
The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, has sanctioned a grant of Rs 35 lakh to the Department of Biotechnology, Lyallpur Khalsa College, for the improvement of science and technology infrastructure.

Dr Arun Dev Sharma, head of the department, said his was the only department that had got such a financial support from the DST this year.

He said the grant would be used to strengthen postgraduate education and research in biotechnology areas, purchase of latest equipment and infrastructure for use by the students in the area of research and development, setting up a central computer laboratory with internet facilities and buying new journals.

Counselling held

The ‘Udaan’ Centre for Psychological Counseling and Child Guidance organised a one-day workshop on “Understanding a child with learning disabilities” on January 9 at Eklavya School, Jalandhar.

Resource person Ruchika Sachdev from the Lakshya Centre for Learning Disabilities, Delhi and Gurgaon, spoke at length about dealing with physically challenged children. The workshop was organised with an objective to increasing awareness among people pertaining to problems like dyslexia (learning disabilities).

Painting contest

A painting competition was organised at St Soldier Divine Public School, Nangal Karar Khan. Students from classes I to IX were divided into three groups. Students of the first group made paintings on the theme of “smile like flowers”, the second group on “grow more trees” and the third group made paintings on “avoid pollution, save life”. Rahul stood first in first group, Ropsi in the second group and Himani in the third group. Vice-chairperson Sangeeta Chopra presented the winners with mementoes and certificates.

Lohri celebrations

Innocent Hearts School, Model Town, Jalandhar, celebrated Lohri with great fervour. The tiny tots presented a cultural programme on the occasion. The students of CT Public School also celebrated Lohri with folk dances and songs.

‘Intelligent Punjaban’

The management of KMV College, Jalandhar, honoured Paramveer Kaur, a student of BA-I, for wining the “Most Intelligent Punjaban” award at the recently held Miss Punjaban competition organised by the PTC Punjabi channel.

Student selected

Ruchi Kalia, a student of B.Com (professional)-III of the Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women, has been selected by the Punjab Table Tennis Association for the Punjab team for the 70th national table tennis championship to be held from January 17 to 21 in Surat, Gujarat.



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