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April 16, 2008


New policy for admission to Colleges of Education and Law Colleges

APRIL 16, 2008

The Punjab Government has notified its policy for admission to Colleges of Education and Law Colleges. This was stated by Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Education, Civil Aviation, Vigilance & Justice Minister, Punjab here today. The entrance test for B.Ed. shall be held by Punjabi University, Patiala on 1st June 2008 which will cover 163 Colleges of Education affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab University, Chandigarh and Punjabi University, Patiala. A total number of 20220 seats in these colleges shall be filled up through the entrance test for which counseling will be held in two rounds between 8th July to 15th August and 15th August to 15th September 2008. 85% of the seats shall be filled out of applicants belonging to Punjab State and 15% on All India basis.

Admission to B.A.LL.B, LLB and B.A.LL.B (Honours) shall also be held on the basis of entrance test to be conducted by Punjabi University, Patiala at Abohar, Bathinda, Amritsar, Sangrur, Patiala, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Muktsar, Chandigarh and at other places to be notified by the Punjabi University, Patiala besides Ambala Cantt, Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Pune, Secunderabad and Kolkatta. This entrance test will cover 22 law colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab University, Chandigarh and Punjabi University, Patiala with a total intake of 3048 seats. The counseling shall take place in two phases. The dates of counseling shall also be notified by the Punjabi University, Patiala.

The Education Minister while talking to press said that Indian Institute of Science Education and Research has started functioning from Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Chandigarh. The land for the Institute has been provided by Punjab Government at knowledge city Mohali where the institute shall construct its own campus. She further briefed that Punjab Vidhan Sabha has passed Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University Act-2008. Under the act SGPC shall established the proposed Sri Guru Granth World University at Fatehgarh Sahib with 9 schools in different areas of sciences, social sciences and emerging technologies. She further briefed that a Premier Management Institute is being set-up at knowledge city Mohali in public private participation mode. She also said that Rupees 8 crores has been released to Govt. Colleges for up-gradation and strengthening of infrastructure. Two new multi-faculty colleges are being set-up at Sardulgarh in Distt. Mansa and Village Mithra in Distt. Kapurthala.

The Education Minister told the media persons that the Govt. will being out an ordinance to amend the Punjab Official Languages Act to make Punjabi official language in all school, colleges and universities as also the courts subordinate to the Punjab & Haryana High Court in the State of Punjab.



In a significant move to strengthen the education infrastructure at the grass root levels in the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today dedicated Mata Jaswant Kaur Memorial Primary School to the people with a view to imparting quality education to the underprivileged children to enable them to compete at par with the students of the public schools.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Mr.Badal said that this school in the memory of his mother Smt. Jaswant Kaur and another upcoming 10+2 senior secondary school at Badal would be named after his father Late Sardar Raghuraj Singh as a tribute to his parent who made an outstanding contribution in his life. He said that today he was delighted to inaugurate this school because it would offer an ideal platform to the children deprived of means of education to excel in their career.

The Chief Minister said that he had a passion for education and the opening of this school was a step towards his missionary zeal to spread education in every nook and corner of the state. He lamented that the children of the affluent section of the society had far more resources than the poor and needy who could not even afford to teach their children in the government schools. He appealed the key players of the corporate sectors to come forward to take up such noble ventures to impart quality education free of cost to the children who had almost no resources at their end.

Mr.Badal pointed out that the building of the school had been planned after detailed deliberations with the eminent architects and educationists from abroad and with in the country. He said that he had personally visited the USA and other places like Delhi and Chandigarh to incorporate the latest features and aspects of the design and architectural in the building of this school to give a serene look and to provide congenial atmosphere to both teacher and taught. He also mentioned that the selection of the teachers had been made strictly in accordance with the merit by the management of the school run by the Ch.Devi Lal Memorial Trust. He said that all the students admitted to this school would be provided free education including facilities of books, meals, uniforms and even transport.

The Chief Minister also stated that the Punjab government was committed to provide quality education in the state through opening Adarsh Schools and up-gradation of 351 government senior secondary schools at a cost of Rs.142 crore. He said that education was the only factor for the development of human resources and the economic growth of any state or country because it was education solely which could turn the fortunes of poor students and some of them could even adore the highest positions in the society.

Earlier, after the Bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib and the Ardas ceremony, Mr.Badal alongwith his wife and Chairpersons Hospital Welfare Section Punjab Sardarni Surinder Kaur Badal and his brother and former member parliament Mr.Gurdas Singh Badal dedicated the school to the public.

Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Vice Chancellor of Panjab University Prof.RC Sobti, former Minister Surjit Sigh Rakhra, President SGPC Jathedar Avtar Singh, Mr.Narotam Singh Dhillon who donated land for the school, Principal of the School BS Malik, General Secretary Youth
Akali Dal Mr.Tajinder Singh Middukhera and Mr.Avtar Sigh Vanwala besides the senior leaders, party workers of SAD and the principals of the eminent educational institutions.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced that village Badal would be soon developed as a hub of quality educational institutions right from primary to post graduate level in the diverse curriculum encompassing arts, humanities, science, commerce, nursing and biotechnology.

In his presidential address on the first annual convocation held here at Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Mr.Badal said; "Dasmesh Educational Institutions equipped with modern infrastructure started its journey in a humble way in mid eighties which were now heading towards an educational revolution in the region by imparting quality education especially to the women in the remote rural areas". He said that today he was extremely delighted as he had almost spent the entire day in scripting new chapters in the field of education – a subject which was probably close to his heart. He said that the 60% of the students who had passed out from this college had been appointed as teachers either in government or private schools.

The Chief Minister also appreciated the role of the management of the college in securing top positions not only in academics but also in the extra curricular activities. He pointed out that few students of this college had done proud to Punjab through their outstanding contribution in the fields of sports. On the occasion Mr.Badal announced a cash prize of Rs.50000 for the overall topper of the college in the university examinations and Rs.25000 each to the students securing second and third position. Mr.Badal gave a way these prizes to the students of sessions 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Vice Chairman of the Bharti Enterprises who was the guest of the honour announced five Bharti scholarships of Rs.35000 each to the deserving students of B.ed College to promote education amongst the women. He also assured the Chief Minister that Bharti Group in its pursuit of excellence in education would set up 100 primary schools in Punjab out of 500 to be set up in India. Likewise the Bharti Group would set up 10 Adarsh Schools in the state as per the terms and conditions of the state government.

Earlier, Mr.Badal presented the degrees to the 105 students of B.ed for the academic session 2005-06 and 2006-07.

On the occasion, Principal of the College Mr.SS Sangha read the annual report for the year 2005-06 and 2006-07 briefly outlining the major achievements of the college in the field of academics and co-curricular activities.

Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Panjab University Senate member Dr.Deepak Manmohan Singh, Principal of Dasmesh Girls College Mrs.Kuldeep Kaur Mann, Vice Principal of the Dasmesh Girls Education College Ms.Vaneeta, Principal Dasmesh Girls Public Sr. Secondary School Mrs.Jagdish Kaur Sidhu, Principal Jagroop Singh Sidhu member of the Dasmesh Girls College Local Managing Society, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister KJS Cheema and Deputy Commissioner Muktsar Vikas Garg


Chandigarh, April 16, 2008

Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs), of Homoeopathy, Ayurveda and Allopathic issuing advertisements and promising assured treatment of various ailments including sexual ailments are in for trouble, as Punjab Government has decided to tighten noose on them.

Secretary Medical Education & Research Mr. Jagjit Puri today issued directions to initiate action against all those doctors who are advertising through various media including print, broadcast and outdoor media. Mr. Puri took a meeting of various Heads of Councils and Boards working under the department and directed them to start a campaign to stop advertisements by Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs), as it was violation of guidelines of Medical Council of India, IMA and other affiliating bodies.

Mr. Puri said that it was unfortunate that some of the leading medical practitioners dealing in Homoeopathy, Ayurveda and Allopathic are giving advertisements and putting hoardings in different parts of the State claiming total rejuvenation especially in matter of sexual problems, assuring the birth of male child etc. He said that these advertisements were against provisions of various acts.

He reminded them that Sh. Teekshan Sood, Medical Education & Research Minister has also issued directions that these RMPs are alluring innocent people by giving misleading advertisements and turning the pious medical profession as a money minting profession. He said that it was unethical as well as illegal for a doctor to advertise and any doctor issuing advertisements would be issued show cause notice by the affiliating body and proceedings would be launched for cancellation of his licence.

Mr. Puri said that Local Government Department and Transport Department were also being approached to remove the hoardings of advertisements by such doctors from municipal limits and also from buses of Transport Department.

Mr. Puri said that it was the duty of the government to ensure that medical professional does not fall in the hands of profiteers. He warned that if effective steps are not taken by the RMPs themselves then Govt. would be forced to book the erring practitioners.

Panchayat Samitis and the Zila Parishads shall be held by 15th May, 2008
and the general elections to Gram Panchayats be held by 31st May, 2008.


Chandigarh April 16, 2008

The Government of Punjab has notified that the general elections to the Panchayat Samitis and the Zila Parishads shall be held by 15th May, 2008 and the general elections to Gram Panchayats be held by 31st May, 2008. Earlier, the State Government had recommended that the general elections to all the three Panchayati Raj Institutions be held simultaneously. However, based upon the reports of the Deputy Commissioners, the State Government has now recommended that conduct of elections to all the three Panchayati Raj Institutions on the same day shall pose serious operational problems. Casting of three ballot papers by each voter shall involve considerable time and even the extended polling hours from 8 AM to 5 PM shall not be adequate for this purpose and this may in some places even result in a law and order problem. Some Deputy Commissioners are also facing problems in the appointment of requisite number of poll personnel for the conduct of the three elections simultaneously. Accordingly, the State Government has recommended that the General Elections to the three Panchayati Raj Institutions may be held in two phases. The State Election Commission has considered the problems posed by the Deputy Commissioners and accepted the recommendation of the State Government. Accordingly, the poll for General Election to the Panchayat Samitis and the Zila Parishads shall be held on 12th May 2008. Detailed date-wise schedule for this purpose shall be issued separately. However, the Model Code of Conduct comes into force immediately. The poll for general election to the Gram Panchayats shall be held in the last week of May, 2008 and the date of poll and detailed schedule shall be announced separately.




The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational irrigation Programme for the Kharif Season through Canal water from 19 April to 26 April, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on priority basis from Bhatinda Branch, Bist Doab Canal, Sidhwan Branch, Patiala feeder and Abohar Branch respectively.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Irrigation department said that direct distributaries of Bhakra Main Line, in Group 'A' being in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance water supplies would be utilised in Ghaggar link and its off taking channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' respectively.

The spokesman further said that the Punjab channels off taking from Harika and Ferozepur Head Works & Branches i.e. all the direct distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in-group "A" being in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance water supplies would be utilised in Abohar Branch off taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries/minors in-group "B".

The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from upper Bari Doab Canal i.e. Lahore Branch with its distributaries being in first Preference would run to their indent. Balance Surplus water available would be utilised in Main Branch Lower, Kasur Branch Lower and Sabraon Branch with its distributaries.




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