Sunday, December 22, 2013

Events: Grand Baby Show at Mother's Pride, Ludhiana

More than 200 babies participated      Sun, Dec 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM
Ludhiana22 December 2013: (Education Screen Bureu)
A Grand Baby Show was organized at Mother’s Pride, Ludhiana on Sunday 22nd December, 2013.
A show that showcased baby’s most spell binding antics and qualities. Children were evaluated under different age groups i.e. 0 - 6 months, 7 - 12 months, 1 -2 years & 2-3years. Ramp walk was done by participants with their family members that turned their little heroes into megastars and superheroes. Family fashion show added a massive attraction. Be it a mesmerizing smile or a flittering expression in the eyes, there were several titles like Most Active Baby, Most Attractive Baby, Friendliest Baby, Most Sparkling Eyes & Sunniest Smile along with grand prizes. Titles & gifts were also given to parents like the Most Aware Parent & Best Dressed Family. Surprise gifts were given to all the participants. Title of ALL ROUND SUPER BABY was also given to the child securing the highest scores in all the categories.
The Baby Show received huge response from the premium segment of Ludhianvies as more than 200 babies participated in the show. Great energy can be seen in the participants, who surely had a fulfilled Sunday with lots of pomp and show. It was a moment of great celebration. Almost 70 participants received prizes in different age categories under different titles. The participants were evaluated not only on their cute quotient but also on the health and activeness by the renowned doctors of the city i.e. Dr. Rama Sofat, Dr. Anurag Jain, Dr. Sunaina & Dr. Deepak. Winners were given the title of Most Healthy Baby. 
It was not only a health educative session, but also provided abundant parenting knowledge to the parents. 
The Director of the School, Shobhan Soi told the parents about the importance of Parenting and Nurturing children in the right manner.
Grand Baby Show at Mother's Pride, Ludhiana

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Merry Christmas Celebration, 2013

College of Nursing+CMCH Wishing U a Merry Xmas 
 Ludhiana, 13th December, 2013: (Shalu Arora+Rector Kathuria): Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a blessed experience. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy and to re-dedicate our own lives. College of Nursing, CMC, Ludhiana celebrated Christmas on 13.12.2013. The programme began with a welcome speech by Principal, Prof.(Mrs.) Ponnamma R. Singh, after which all the dignitaries, guests, teachers and students joined the college choir to sing the congregational hymn.
The opening prayer and the Christmas message was given by Rev. Rogers. The whole gathering was then enlightened with the message from the Director Dr. Abraham G. Thomas. He wished all that the Christmas fill their hearts with warmth, peace and joy! And to have a blessed Christmas and graceful New Year. The soulful and pleasant carols by students mesmerized all and filled the whole air.
Continuing with the Christmas merriment College of Nursing students presented the Christmas play “The Wonderful Star” which showed God’s love for mankind by sending His only begotten Son for our salvation and this love has to be reflected in all of us and then came the most awaited moment i.e. “Arrival of Santa” who had a merry time with the gathering and distributed gifts among students. At the end all enjoyed the fellowship & relished the banquet together as a family in the beautifully decorated College of Nursing.
Christmas Celebration, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Role of a clinical microbiologist in the present era

Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM
Dr. Aroma Oberoi spoke in the CME at CMC Ldh

Ludhiana, 7th December, 2013: (Rector Kathuria//Punjab Screen): A continuing medical education (CME) programme on Infectious diseases was conducted in Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC), Ludhiana on December 7. The CME was jointly organized by the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology of CMC, Ludhiana. Dr. Abraham G Thomas, Director of CMC was the Chief Guest. Along with him, Dr. Karamveer Goyal, President of Local Indian Medical Association, Dr. S.M. Bhatti, Principal of CMC, Dr. Kanwal Masih, Medical Superintendant, CMC, Dr. Kim J Mammen, Associate Director, CMC inaugurated the CME officially. A total of 170 delegates from different parts of Punjab attended the meeting.

The participants in this CME included distinguished faculty members from different medical colleges, specialists in district hospital and other government hospitals, medical officers and private practitioners from the state of Punjab. The aim of this update was to improve the understanding of common infectious diseases relevant to clinical practice and interpretation of microbiological results. The meeting was accredited with two hours by the Punjab Medical Council.
Dr. Aroma Oberoi, Head of the Department of Microbiology spoke on the topic “Role of a clinical microbiologist in the present era of pan drug resistant bugs and no drugs”. She mentioned the importance of clinical microbiologists in tackling the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. Mrs. Shereen Rachel Varghese from the department of Microbiology educated the audience on the various mechanisms of drug resistance.

Dr. Mary John, Head of the department of Medicine gave a talk on “Antibiotic Stewardship”. In this talk, she stressed on the need to have an antibiotic stewardship programme in the hospitals to prevent the emergence of drug resistance. Dr. Jency Koshy from the Department of Medicine spoke on “Pre-ART work up in HIV infection”, in which she educated the audience on the importance of work up before starting antiretroviral therapy. Dr. Divya Deodhar fom the Department of Medicine talked on “Syndromic approach to Acute Undifferentiated Fevers”. She gave an overview of the clinical diagnosis of undifferentiated fevers.

Dr. Sanjay Rajpal from New Delhi spoke on newer diagnostic methods in Tuberculosis, in which he updated the audience on the newer tests for the diagnosis of Tuberculosis. The delegates actively participated by asking questions to the speakers. The scientific sessions were chaired by eminent Professors from CMC like Dr. Anna Mani, Dr. Nitin Malhotra, Dr.Vandana Berry and Dr. Chanchal Gera. The in-charge of the scientific session was Dr. Vipin Sam Alexander. The Masters of ceremony were Dr. Eshani Dewan and Dr. Chris Baby. The vote of thanks was given by Dr. Sangeetha Mohan from CMC. As per the delegates, the CME was a very enriching and educational feast.
Dr. Aroma Oberoi in “Infectious Diseases Update-2013”

Sunday, November 17, 2013

India is facing the emergence of a “hidden” epidemic:disability

Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Professor Gourie Devi in CME at CMC
Ludhiana, 17th November, 2013: (Shalu Arora  and Rector Kathuria): India, the world’s second most populous country, is facing the emergence of a “hidden” epidemic: disability due to neurologic diseases. The rapid economic, demographic, and social transformation of India in recent decades has already resulted in the double burden of unresolved epidemics of infectious diseases (e.g., malaria, tuberculosis) coupled with rising rates of chronic diseases (e.g., stroke, heart attack). This was stated by Professor Gourie Devi, former Director and Vice-Chancellor of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore in the 31st Dr LH Lobo memorial oration. She said stroke, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injuries due to road traffic accidents are the major causes of disability in India.  She spoke also about the delivery of neurological services at different levels of care in India.

Dr LH Lobo memorial trust, Ludhiana has been organizing the Dr LH Lobo Memorial Oration and Scientific symposium for the last 30 years, in memory of the late Dr LH Lobo, an eminent and renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon and Former Head of Orthopaedic department and Principal of Christian Medical College (CMC), Ludhiana.   This year the 31st Dr LH Lobo Memorial Oration was organised by the department of Neurology, CMC on November 16th in the hospital auditorium. The inaugural function and the oration were conducted by Shri Sukhpat Rai Wadehra, President, Dr LH Lobo Memorial Trust and Dr MK Mahajan, Secretary, Padma Bhushan Prof JS Chopra, from Chandigarh was the Guest of Honour. Dr S Chopra gave the vote of thanks.

After the oration a CME on ”Management of Central Nervous System Infections” was organised by the department of Neurology, CMC Ludhiana. Prof Satishchandra Director and Vice-Chancellor of NIMHANS Bangalore gave a talk on the neurological manifestations in HIV patients.  Dr S Prabhakar, Head of Neurology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, updated the audience on the recent management of Bacterial meningitis. Prof Mathew Alexander HOD, Dept of Neurology, CMC Vellore spoke about the brain infection following measles virus. Prof Gourie Devi discussed about the various types of TB infection that can affect the brain.

Prof Yashpal Singh briefly talked about the common viral infection of the brain called Herpes simplex encephalitis. Prof Gagandeep Singh discussed various treatment options for Neurocysticercosis(tape worm) affecting the brain. Dr Jency Koshy gave a lecture on neurological complications that can occur due to Dengue fever. Dr DivyaDeodhar spoke about the current treatment of TB infection affecting the brain. Dr Vikas Loomba talked about the emerging infection called Scrub Typhus and its neurological manifestations. A PG Quiz on the Neuroinfections was held during the program. More than 200 delegates attended the program. The CME was organised by Dr Jeyaraj D Pandian and Dr Yashpal Singh.        CME at CMC on Neurological Diseases

Saturday, November 16, 2013

21st National Conference of Medical Biochemists

Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 4:41 PM
Event was inaugurated by Sh.Parkash Singh Badal
Ludhiana, 16th November, 2013: (Shalu Arora and Rector Kathuria): The 21st national conference of Association of Medical Biochemists of India was inaugurated today at Hotel Gulmor, Ludhiana by Sh.Parkash Singh Badal. The national conference has been organized by Dept. of Biochemistry CMC Ludhiana.
Dr.Bharti Uppal organizing Chairperson intimated that the conference is being attended by around 500 delegates from all over the India and abroad. There are delegates from Uk, USA, Australia and states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, J & K, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, MP, Karnatka, Kerla, Tamilnadu, A.P, Odissa, WB, Assam, Tripura, Gujrat & Maharashtra.
Speaking on the occasion Advisor to CM, S.Maheshinder Singh Grewal appraised the gathering and said that there is need of good clinical chemist for proper treatment of patient.
The CM in his inaugural speech said Punjab is a very small state as compare to other big states. We lost much area during partisan, but I am proud of Punjab. Punjab is a soul of country. Maximum sacrifice for the country has been done by Punjab.  

Health care is becoming very costly. It beyond of the common man. We in the Govt. doing best. More costly treatment is cancer, we recently open center in Mulanpur and Chd. There are 400 beds in these centers. It will take 1 year of time to work properly .All of us know health is more important then wealth. I congratulate all of you.

Dr.Bharti uppal HOD Biochemistry CMC Ludhiana and organizing secretary welcomed the guest gathering and informed that medical biochemist are an integral part of the patient care. The betterment in diagnostic facilities helps to improve the diagnoses and management.  

Dr A.G. Thomas , Director CMC said that the scientific sessions should went on a long way in paving the path to bridge the gap between a clinician and clinical laboratory personnel. He congratulates Dr.Bharti Uppal for a successful event.

Principal Christian Medical College Dr.S.M Bhatti, Mr.Rajendra Gupta were also present on the occasion.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Gurupurab Celebrated at Mother's Pride also

 Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Children and Staff celebrated Togetherness and Traditions 
Ludhiana:15 November 2013:(*Shobhan Soi//Education Screen Bureau): Today Gurupurab - Birthday of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji was celebrated with the students at Mother’s Pride, Ludhiana.
Children were made aware of HIS teachings & taken to Gurudwara where they all received the blessing from the almighty God. Ardaas was performed, praying for the bright future of the children. Students also recited the Mool Mantra, leaving all the present at the Gurudwara mesmerized. At the end, Karah Prasad & sweets were distributed among the students & staff.

The school was also beautifully decorated, with hymns enchanting in the ambience. Enchanting of hymns made the entire environment very lively & soothing. Students & Staff members also came dressed up traditionally.

Director of the school, Mr. Shobhan Soi, also blessed the students on this occasion & prayed for their long life.
*Shobhan Soi is  the Director of Mother’s Pride
100, New Lajpat Nagar, Ludhiana
Mb. 98145-11123

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Children’s Day was celebrated

 Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM
A function was held at St. Bawra Public High School
Ludhiana: 14 November 2013: (Education Screen Bureau):Children’s Day was celebrated at St. Bawra Public High School, New Lajpat Nagar, Ludhiana on 14th Nov’13 with great excitement. The school was beautifully decorated with balloons.
Children were explained about the importance of the day by the teachers, in a common assembly. There were also a variety of games for the children. Students enjoyed different rides & bouncies installed especially for the day. There was a small declamation contest on the life & works of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. 
Candies were distributed among the children for the occasion.
Principal of the school, Mrs. Chander Prabha gave her blessings to all the children for their bright future. She wished all the students to grow up as good human beings & responsible citizens of the country.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Diwali Greetings by Dr. Parveen Kaur Chawla

Principal of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women 
Published on Oct 30, 2013
Dr.Mrs.Parveen Kaur Chawla M.Sc. PhD H.Sci. Hm.Sc is the Principal of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women Ludhiana. is also presently the Member of Senate (Panjab University, Chandigarh) She was 'Nominated by the 5th TEC/UGC Consortium Agreement for the year 2012-2013 for a period of one weak' for a professional Visit to the University of Mauritius, Mauritius from 6th Oct to 13th Oct, 2013. She was the only nominee from the region of Punjab. She was invited to interact with the students of the University on certain current topics of Nutrition. She spoke out her mind on the following topics:-
• Importance of Balanced diet in Adolescent girls and occurrence of Nutritional Deficiency disease due to excessive use of Junk Food.
• Importance of dietary pattern and physical activity of the growth pattern and health related fitness in Children.
• Management of Obesity
• Role of Fiber in Diet. Her main stress was on the excessive use of Junk Food by adolescents which has a very adverse effect on the nutritional status of our teenagers and youth. She told that the students raised many queries which she answered to her best. 
You may read the full story at Punjab Screen India (

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Remembering Marriage Connection

First Marriage Annivesary                                                                                            -Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:23 PM

One year ago we were blessed by Love Goddess and and married to each other...from that day we started a new life...a new era..a new chapter of happiness.....!

On that dat we realized the power of unity...power of Two..Power of 1+1=11

Now we can accept each and every challenge of life.....!

We wish happy marriage life for all.......!

Manpreet Singh and
         Harmanpreet Kaur

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

NCC Camp: MTSM college girls won gold

Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM
Reena, Jyoti, Nidhi, Daljeet and Tanu Proved their skill 
Ludhiana:30 October 2013: (Rector Kathuria//Education Screen): 41 N.C.C. Cadets of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana attended the Ten Day 3rd Pb. Bn. Camp at Malaut. Not only this, Sonia is selected for the Republic Day Parade. Reena won gold medal in Firing whereas Jyoti and Nidhi got gold medals in Tug of War and Manu got gold medal in Poster Making Competition whereas Sonia got gold medal in Table-Tennis. Daljit Kaur got gold medal and Tanu got silver medal in Senior Cadet Competition.
College Principal Dr. (Mrs.) Parveen Kaur Chawla congratulated the students as well as N.C.C. Incharge, Mrs. Harpreet Kaur for the achievement and inspired them to keep up the same spirit in future too. S. Swarn Singh, President, College Managing Committee too congratulated the students as well the teacher incharge. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A special feature on literacy//Dr. H. R. Keshavamurthy*

09-September-2013 17:44 IST
Literacy can Eradicate Poverty, Curb Population Growth 
It can Achieve Gender Equality and Ensure Sustainable Development
Literacy is a human right, a road towards empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy. Literacy is essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy.

September 8 is observed as the International Literacy Day by UNESCO  since 1966. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. This year’s International Literacy Day was dedicated to “literacies for the 21st century” to highlight the need to realize “basic literacy skills for all” as well as equip everyone with more advanced literacy skills as part of lifelong learning.

      The essence and role of education articulated in our National Policy on Education (NPE), continues to be relevant even today. It states that education is essential for all and is fundamental to our all-round development. Education develops manpower for different levels of the economy and is also the platform on which research and development flourish to take nation towards self-reliance. In sum, education is a unique investment in the present and the future.

The Literacy rate in India has improved a lot over the last one decade. Especially after the implementation of free education in the villages the literacy rate has gone up tremendously in states like Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan . In a country like India, literacy is the main foundation for social and economic growth. When the British rule ended in India in the year 1947 the literacy rate was just 12%. Over the years, India has changed socially, economically, and globally. After the 2011 census, literacy rate India 2011 was found to be 74.04%. Though this seems like a very great accomplishment, it is still a matter of concern that still so many people in India cannot even read and write. The numbers of children who do not get education especially in the rural areas are still high. Though the government has made a law that every child under the age of 14 should get free education, the problem of illiteracy is still at large. 

           Now, if we consider female literacy rate in India, then it is lower than the male literacy rate as many parents do not allow their female children to go to schools. They get married off at a young age instead. Though child marriage has been lowered to very low levels, it still happens. Today, the female literacy levels according to the Literacy Rate 2011 census are 65.46% where the male literacy rate is over 80%. The literacy rate in India has always been a matter of concern but many NGO initiatives and government ads, campaigns and programs are being held to spread awareness amongst people about the importance of literacy. Also the government has made strict rules for female equality rights.

The literacy rate in India has shown significant rise in the past 10 years.  
Kerala is the only state in India to have 100% literacy rate. It is followed by Goa, Tripura, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, and Maharashtra, Sikkim. The lowest literacy rate in India is seen in the state of Bihar. Realising the importance of literacy, Government of India (Department of School Education & Literacy) endeavours to: Provide free and compulsory education to all children at elementary level; Become a partner with the States and Union Territories to reinforce the national and integrative character of education; Build a society committed to Constitutional values with the help of quality school education and literacy; Universalize opportunities for quality secondary education and  Establish a fully literate society.

In the year 2010, the country achieved a historic milestone when the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 became operative .The enforcement of the RTE Act represented a momentous step forward in our country’s struggle for universalising elementary education. Its objectives are intended to be accomplished through the following major programmes of the Central Government:

·                     Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Mid Day Meal at primary level.

·                     Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan ,Model Schools  at Secondary level. 

·                      Vocational Education, Girls’ Hostel, Inclusive Education of the Disabled. 

·                     Saakshar Bharat for Adult Education.  

·                     Mahila Samakhya for Women’s education. 

·                     Infrastructure Development of Minority Institutions; Scheme for Providing Quality Education in Madarsas for Minority Education.

A good quality basic education equips pupils with literacy skills for life and further learning; literate parents are more likely to send their children to school; literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities; and literate societies are better geared to face challenges.
(PIB Features)
*Director (M&C), Press Information Bureau, Kolkata.


Monday, September 9, 2013

The workshop was to empower the parents

Each and every issue discussed in the seminar
Ludhiana: 8th September 2013: (Punjab Screen Bureau):“Be the parent you always wanted to be"; this was the tag line for the Parenting Seminar held at Mother’s Pride, Ludhiana.

We all aspire for great relationship and great results for your children and to achieve that we are ready to go to any extent. Answering such queries & resolving any and every issue regarding parenting. The Parenting Seminar received a huge response from the parents of Mother’s Pride, Ludhiana.

The workshop was to empower the parents to inculcate the values they always wanted to have in their children like:
  • Awareness - Differentiating between what do you want for your children and what you are currently doing
  • Inculcating life skills
  • Dealing with Boredom - Enjoy doing stuff that you think is boring but essential
  • Have NO Fear of Failure – they are able to give themselves fully to every activity
  • High level of self esteem
  • Self reliance
  • Living a life free from stress
  • Fuel their creativity
And Dealing with Issues like;
  • How do get your children to enjoy studies and fare well at school
  • How do impart sex education to children
  • How do leverage the technology to the advantage of child
  • How to find time for your children in the current scenario of work pressure
  • How to improve the eating habits of children
  • How do develop truthful communication and trust with your children
 Being an interactive session, all the parents discussed their queries to the fullest & went back contended & resolved.

Director of Mother’s Pride, Mr. Shobhan Soi also addressed the parents regarding the importance of such parenting sessions & acknowledged all for their valuable time.
Parenting Seminar held at Mother's Pride

Friday, September 6, 2013

Educating to Empower:Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme

05-September-2013 17:44 IST
For Scheduled Castes Students-A special feature by Amit Guin*
Education is the glue that makes the society cohesive and helps in the formation of its paradigms. Never before has education acquired such dominant a role in shaping of the Indian society as in today’s era. Education has very well played the role of a Great Liberator. It has become an instrument of empowerment. The urge for higher education among students from Scheduled Castes (SC) have let them cement their positions in the society, thereby helping them in looking out for newer avenues of social mobility. Unless education brings home the bacon for them, they would not succeed in dampening or completely demolishing the social barriers put up in their path of upward social mobility. Keeping this in the back of the mind, the Government of India played the part of the single largest intervener for the educational development of SC students.

Serving as the biggest leveler of the society since 1944, the Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Scheduled Castes Students presently eases the path of education for about 50 lakh students. It is a national level Scheme furnishing financial assistance to SC students at post-matriculation level in the country. The Scheme provides valuable support for the SC students to raise their educational status, enabling them to become a part of the mainstream society. The Scheme provides for 100 per cent central assistance to the state governments and Union Territory administrations over and above their committed liability. The North-Eastern states are exempted from the committed liability.  

A flagship Scheme of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, the scholarships are given to students belonging to SC for the study of all recognised post-matriculation or post-secondary courses pursued in recognised institutions except for courses like Maintenance Engineer’s Courses and Private Pilot License Courses; and courses of training at the Military College, and courses at Pre-examination Training Centres of all India and State levels. It is to be mentioned that those students who pursue their studies through correspondence courses are also eligible for the scholarships. Employed students whose income combined with the income of their parents/guardians do not exceed the maximum prescribed income ceiling are also made entitled to post-matric scholarships to the extent of reimbursement of all compulsorily payable non-refundable fees.

The financial aid under the Scheme to the SC students includes maintenance allowance, reimbursement of non-refundable compulsory fee charged by the educational institutions, book bank facility, among other allowances. Since April 1, 2013, scholarships will be paid to the students whose parents/guardians’ income from all sources does not exceed Rs. 2,50,000 per annum. Additional allowance for disabled students for the complete duration of the course is also a part of the Scheme. Apart from Reader Allowance for blind students which varies on the level of the course, there is a provision of transport allowance, escort allowance and allowance for extra coaching to mentally retarded and mentally ill students too. The disabled students belonging to Scheduled Castes covered under the Scheme can also get such additional benefits from other Schemes, which are not covered under the Scheme. The Scholarship Scheme also includes annual book allowance. For this book banks have been set up in various educational institutions, where books are supplied to SC students in installments, depending on the course, semester structure etc.

The eligible students will be given scholarships subject to the application of Means Test prescribed in the Scheme. Those students who belong to a particular state but are studying in other state will be awarded the scholarships by the state to which they belong after submitting their applications to the competent authorities in that state. The duration of the scholarship depends on factors like good conduct and regularity in attendance till the completion of the course subject. The scholarship is renewed on the basis of the fact that the scholar secures promotion to the next higher class irrespective of the fact whether such examinations are conducted by a University or the Institution. However, if a SC scholar pursuing certain courses (mentioned in the Scheme) fails in the examination for the first time, the award may be renewed.  This is clear that the purpose of the scheme is to be as comprehensive in its coverage as is reasonably possible. The limitation imposed by historical injustices need a scheme that is easy to avail and covers all the points of restrictions and deprivation that may befall a SC seeker of education.

In order to smoothen the way for timely payment of the scholarship amount to the students, states like Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala have fully computerised the implementation of the Scheme and have started online processing of the scholarships. Kerala has started the system of e-grantz for the timely disbursement of the scholarship amount. Furthermore, various state governments and UT administrators have also agreed to make payment of scholarship to the beneficiaries through their (beneficiary students) accounts in post offices or banks. As mentioned earlier, the Scheme receives 100 per cent central assistance from the central government for total expenditure under the Scheme, over and above their respective Committed Liability. The level of Committed Liability for a year is equivalent to the level of actual expenditure incurred by the administrators under the Scheme during the terminal year of the last Five Year Plan period and is required to be borne by them for which they are supposed to make necessitated provision in their budget.

The number of beneficiaries under the Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for SCs has been increasing over the years. During the 11th Plan, the number of students financially assisted under the Scheme went up from 31.58 lakh to 46 lakh. The total expenditure under the Scheme including the Committed Liability of the states increased from Rs. 2,158.70 crore in 2007-2008 to Rs. 3,994.96 crore in 2011-12. The national average of female beneficiaries under the Scheme for the year 2011-12 was 38.31 per cent. In this manner, active government intervention through a Scheme focused on education for students of Scheduled Castes paved the way for mainstreaming them into the society.
(PIB Features)
*The author is a freelance writer.

With inputs from the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

Disclaimer:  The views expressed by the author in this article are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of PIB.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

YEGN–Mainstreaming the Youth

04-September-2013 18:2 IST
A Special Feature on Defence                                      By Sarita Brara*Unemployed youth are the most vulnerable lot to be misguided, exploited or lured into unlawful activities. It was to involve the youth in constructive activities, enable them to get employment that a major initiative Youth Employment and Guidance Node (YEGN) programme was launched   a few years back in border and remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir .

The YEGN  guidance and  training to young men and women  in various skills to equip  them to either get a job or start their own  enterprise ,  prepare them for recruitment in the army and other security agencies including paramilitary forces and help them  acquire some expertise for self employment .

Thanks to the YEGN  under the Sadbhawna programme  today many  a youth  have been  recruited in army, paramilitary forces, railways, banks and  many trained to earn a livelihood on their own.    

The YEGN centres  have computer training facilities, facilities for training in different skills and competent personnel and expertees to guide the youth in getting gainful employment or seeking higher education or sitting for exams for recruitment in bank, railways  and other fields.

The youth that include a large number of students have also access to magazines and journals on general knowledge and competitive exams in various sectors besides Employment News magazine. 

Naresh Kumar from Deeng village took training as a plumber for a month at YEGN at the border village of Sainth. He was given a certificate of Diploma in Plumbing by MSME  after successful completion of the training. Today he is able to earn about 10,000 rupees a month   He says that sometime he is engaged on a daily basis or he gets payment for the particular job done.

Twenty years old Rohit Kumar who had taken training from a polytechnic college in Jammu in plumbing, is today an instructor and is paid 500 rupees on daily basis.

Inderjit Mahi  from Jhanghar village says that he took training in  repairing electrical gadgets like  irons, fans , motor  wiring and has been given certificate for the same. By repairing the electronic gadgets, he is able to earn some money. Inderjit wants to open his own repairing shop with the help of a loan at concessional rates.

Tenth pass Sanjeev Kumar also from Jhangar village underwent similar training but wants further training  in mechanics.

Balwinder Kumar from a border village in Jammu division is a small farmer and is not able to earn enough to make both ends meet. In his  30’s Balwinder  said at his age it is difficult for him to acquire some skill and get a job. He at the same time wants to supplement his income. The army under Sadbhawana Programme   is giving him training as a mason. He says that masons are getting 250 to 300 rupees a day and  he is hopeful  that once his training is over; he too would be able to earn around 15,000 rupees a month.

Many young men of Sainth Gram Panchayat and nearby villages have got training as a hair dresser and are now able to earn 200 to 250 rupees a day.

       Training is being provided in mechanics, welding, poultry farming, hairdressing, tailoring.  In order to expand the scope of self employment, training in nursing and fisheries is also being included.

            Vivek from Sainth village has passed the physical fitness as well as medical test. When we met him he was to appear for the written test for which he was well prepared. He says that youth were told about what all is required for recruitment in the army and other services and professions. They were also taken to the recruitment center  to give them an idea of the process involved. Today he is hopeful of joining the army and serving the nation like his father who too was in the army.

Vishal who has also cleared all the tests is waiting for an appointment letter from the BSF. He says the young men in border village are  passionate about joining the forces.

Another youth expressed similar sentiments. He says the youth from villages have the required physique and toughness to clear physical fitness tests. He said he has learnt discipline from the army and they are great source of inspiration for serving the nation . He too has cleared all other tests and would be appearing for a written test to join the Border Roads Organisation, BRO.

Rakesh Kumar took admission in BA this year. He has benefitted a lot, he says from magazines  and books on general knowledge and the employments news provided at the YEGN centre. He also takes computer classes provided by YEGN in the evening after college hours.  Rakesh Kumar like many youth in the area wants to join army.

Besides over sixty youth recruited in army, navy and other para military forces, many young men and women have acquired skills to enable them to start their own work. Many more have cleared the tests and are hopeful of being recruited soon.

Teachers and students too are benefitting from the YEGN initiative. Vishal Sharma from Government High school Khairi village is a teacher. Although an MSc, he had absolutely no knowledge of computers.  He underwent training by YEGN in Basics. He says the army provided the school with computers and then trained the teachers in using computers for about a month.  They were guided about how they can make use of the computers to educate students and about related software.

This is not all. In  order to instill confidence in the youth, matches in  different games including football, basketball etc, are also organized besides competitions in debates, essay writing and other academics  and holding youth festivals to tap their talent.  Adventure tours including trekking, mountaineering, and cycling are organized .

Yet another programme that the army is conducting to expose the youth to the world outside their villages is to take them on educational tours the idea is also to broaden their vision.

Rahul Kumar studying in government high school in Siddar recalls his tour to Pathankot, Chandigarh and Shimla and other places in Himachal Pradesh. He had never been out of his village.

           The Sarpanch of Sainth Gram Panchayat, Sukh Dev Singh said that YEGN has been of great help in involving the youth in constructive activities as well as diverting them away from undesirable activities. He said in one year alone 15 young men from his Panchayat  have been recruited in the army and various other professions.

Nearly 2,400 youth, including 538 girls have been registered  with YEGN in  remote and border areas in Jammu Division .

The need is to channelize  the energy  of the youth  in constructive activities  and  YEGN under Sadbhawna  has played a significant role in  mainstreaming  the youth  in  remote  border areas  to quite an extent.   (PIB Features)               

*The author is a Freelance Writer.
Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author in this article are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of PIB.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Janamashtami was celebrated with full vigor & zeal

Janamashtmi at Mothers Pride proved a Great Event
Ludhiana, 27th August’13. (Vishal//Punjab Screen):Festivals are always a special occasion at Mothers Pride, as it believes that children need to be aware of our rich culture & traditions thereby respecting them.

Celebrating this feel of festivities, Janamashtami was celebrated at Mother’s Pride today with full vigor & zeal. Entire school was beautifully decorated with flower garlands to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. Matki’s with makhan, Bal Gopal on swing were displayed to demonstrate about occasion to the children.  Brightening the spirit of the day, children also came dressed up as Krishna & Radha.
The celebration included the, Aarti, Flower showering, Tilak Ceremony, a small performance based on the life of Lord Krishna & dance on the bhajans of radha-Krishna. The school was captivated with the melodious bhajans and songs getting the children tap their feet to the music.
To the pleasure and enjoyment of children & staff, delicious Prasad was also distributed. Kids also enjoyed swinging the bal gopal & wished him a very happy birthday in their cute little voice.

Director of Mother’s Pride, Ludhiana Mr. Shobhan Soi also congratulated the students & staff on this occasion & gave them warm wishes on this special occasion of Janamashtami.

An awareness event held at KCW Ldh

Dr. Seema Goel explained the facts women health 
Courtesy Photo
Ludhiana: 27 August 2013: (Vishal/Punjab Screen): The Youth Red Cross (YRC) unit headed by Mrs. Himkanta & Mrs. Nirupma Sood from Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana in collaboration with Sun
Pharma organised an awareness programme on 27th Aug, 2013 to make young girls aware of general gynaecological disorders. The resource person on the occasion was Dr. Seema Goel from Raghunath HospitalLudhiana.
Dr. Goel appraised the students with the basic facts of general disorders mainly problems associated with pre-menstrual syndrome, type and features of dymenorrhoea and polycystic ovary syndrome. She also explained about the diagnosis, treatment and medication for all these types of disorders. She further added that polycystic ovary syndrome is caused due to increased level of male hormones in females. According to her all these types of disorders are treatable by medication, changes in diet and exercise. She stressed on the point that this syndrome is one of the leading causes of infertility and also affects the health in many other ways than just reproduction.
Lecture was followed by an interactive session. Students came up with questions and broke their initial shyness. Their queries were answered by the expert very clearly and thoroughly.
Madam Principal Dr. (Mrs.) Varinder Kaur Thind thanked the doctor for sparing the time from her busy schedule.  

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Teej Festival celebrated in Ludhiana

Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM
A colorful event at MTSM college
       Ludhiana: 8 August 2013: (Rector kathuria): Teej Festival cum Fresher’s Party was celebrated at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana to present an authentic Punjabi Culture with the blends of modern hues. The whole atmosphere was filled with gaiety when college girls dressed in elegant traditional as well as western attires staged their dance performances, skit, folk songs and modeling.
       College Principal, Dr. (Mrs.) Parveen Kaur Chawla gave a hale and hearty welcome to the new entrants and also focused on the significance of Teej Festival in Modern Era.
        Arshdeep Kaur was crowned ‘Teeyan di Rani’, Harmandeep Kaur and Navdeep Kaur were titled Miss Punjaban and Miss Majajjan respectively.  Ashwarya was crowned as Miss Fresher Shifali & Harpreet Kaur as first & second runners up respectively. Sukhpreet Kaur got the title of Miss Diva whereas Garima was declared Miss Crowning Glory. The tag of Miss Beautiful smile went to Gurleen Kaur.Various competitions like traditional style of pleating hair, Beautiful Pranda, Ethnic jewelry, Mehndi Application, Beautiful Bangles and were held and the winners were given prizes. S. Swarn Singh Ji (President, College Managing Committee) and S. Kawalinder Singh Ji (Secratery, College Managing Committee) graced the occasion and stressed on the need for maintaining our rich Heritage and culture in the Modern times.
        College Principal, Dr. (Mrs.) Parveen Kaur Chawla stressed on the need of being aware of our elementary traditions and values. The celebration was culminated by adding another leaf in the book of unforgettable memories of the college.

Teej Festival cum Fresher’s Party was celebrated

Save Punjabi as Subject of Study in the Colleges of Delhi

Remembering Sahir Ludhianvi

An Afghan Uniform Police

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes young people to the White House on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. April 26, 2012.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Muslim Education Conference

Shri Kapil Sibal delivering the concluding address
The Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Shri Kapil Sibal delivering the concluding address at Muslim Education Conference, in Mumbai on May 30, 2013. (PIB)  31-May-2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dwarka - Krishna 's Home Discovered !!

Dwarka - Krishna 's Home Discovered !!

The Vice President at the innauguration

Platinum Jubilee celebrations
The Vice President, Shri Mohd. Hamid Ansari addressing at the inauguration of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of Hindi Vidya Prachar Samiti and Hindi High School, in Mumbai on May 29, 2013. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri K. Sankaranarayanan and other dignitaries are also seen. (PIB) 29-May-2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Gym "education" is now an important part of the life

MLA Bharatbhushan Ashu  distributed the Prizes
Ludhiana, May 4, 2013: When the majority of peoples are after drugs, wine and other addictions then Ludhiana is creating a new record in health and fitness. Swasthya Gym celebrated its 7th Anniversary today. To commemorate the event a competition was held at the gym.  Free Weight Challenge and Power Bench Press were the main attraction of this competition. Among the male & female gym members media persons also participated in this competition. The best achiever was honored with the best achiever award.  Devoted to peoples MLA Bharatbhushan Ashu has distributed the Prizes to winners.
The Detail of winner is given below:
Free Weight Challenge (Male)
Total Participant: 18
Winner: Mr. Vikas Sharma
1st Runner- up: Mr. Parvesh Sharma
Power Bench Press Competition
Total Participant: 08
Winner: S. Ishwar Singh (Only one winner no runner-up)

Free Weight Challenge (Female)
Total Participant: 08
Winner: Miss Taranjeet Kaur