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SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, Punjab
Address:Daresi Road
GT Road, Behind Chand Cinema
Ludhiana (District Ludhiana)
Punjab, India
Pin Code : 141008


SDP College for Women, Ludhiana Punjab is a recognised institute / college. SDP College for Women, Ludhiana Punjab is managed by Society: Shri Sanatan Dharam Pracharak Sabha.
SDP College for Women, Ludhiana Punjab is situated in Ludhiana of Punjab state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Ludhiana comes under Ludhiana Tehsil, Ludhiana District.

Fax # of SDP College for Women, Ludhiana Punjab is +91-161-2742672.

Contact Person(s) of the SDP College for Women, Ludhiana Punjab is (are): Balraj Bhasin.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at SDP College for Women, Ludhiana Punjab are 98144-12228, 98559-70088, 9780139362.

email ID(s) is SDP College for Women Ludhiana Punjab

Website of SDP College for Women, Ludhiana Punjab is www.sdpcollege.com.

Chairman : Mr Balraj Bhasin.

Contact Details of SDP College for Women, Ludhiana Punjab are : Telephone: +91-161-2743992, 2741830, 2742672

ISO 9001-2000 certified, NAAC accredited college


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Graduation


SDP College for Women, Ludhiana Punjab runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).

SDP College for Women is affiliated with Panjab University, Chandigarh (Chandigarh)



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Hindi Diwas celebration: 'Hindi being taught at 32 US colleges'

Ludhiana: To all the lovers of Hindi, the official language of India, there's a fact to get acquainted with and feel honoured– Hindi is carving a niche in the academic circles abroad. Hindi is being taught at 32 colleges in the US.This was said by Head of Hindi Department of SDP College Dr Veena Maan while addressing students on Wednesday. Department of Hindi at SDP College for Women celebrated Hindi Diwas by organising a gala function in the seminar hall of the college.The function began with Saraswati Vandana. Students also staged various regional dances and skits, highlighting the rich and glorious culture and heritage of the country.Principal Dr Geeta Bhandari presided over the function. Around 20 students delivered lectures on Hindi language. They also recited poems giving honour to Hindi. They staged dance and recited poems on the occasion of Hindi Diwas.

Manjit Singh versus SDP College for Women Ludhiana

STATE INFORMATION COMMISSION, PUNJAB
SCO NO. 32-33-34, SECTOR 17-C, CHANDIGARH

(98553-02896)
Sh. Manjit Singh,
5445, New Shivaji Nagar,
Ludhiana – 141008 - Complainant

Versus

Public Information Officer
O/o The Principal,
S.D.P. College for Women,
Kila Mohalla,
Ludhiana – 141008 -Respondent

CC-3632/2010

Order

Present: Complainant Sh. Manjit Singh in person.
For the respondent: Sh. Iqbal Nath Arora, Office Supdt. (98559-11830)

Complainant, vide request dated 21.05.2010, sought the following information: -

Regarding appointment of Jagjit Kaur d/o Tarlochan Singh posted in the library:

1. Attested copies of complete service record along with all the documents supplied by her at the time of joining.

2. On what basis she has obtained the job?

3. What method was adopted to fill the said vacancy? Where is she posted? Complete details.

4. List of other candidates who applied for the said job with their qualifications.”

A reminder was also sent by the Complainant vide letter dated 22.06.2010. The instant complaint has been filed with the Commission when no information was provided (received in the office on 26.11.2010)

Complainant states that the letter dated 05.06.2010 from the respondent has been delivered to him only on 16.12.2010. However, there is no document in support of his assertion.

Respondent presents two letters – one is dated 08.01.2011 wherein certain information is denied. The letter reads as under:-

It is submitted that the information available has already been given to the appellant.

It is further brought to your kind notice that any further information could not be given because of the following reasons:

(i) The employee is private employee of the institution and is drawing nothing from the Government.
(ii) We are unable to give any further information without the consent of the concerned person and she has already refused to give any information to her uncle because this matter relates to her personal dispute with the appellant.
(iii) Interview of her post was also private and not carry any burden on the Govt.

The other letter which is enclosed with the above communication is without any date and is written by Ms. Jagjit Kaur about whom the information has been sought. The said letter does not suggest if any communication from the respondent was addressed to her asking for her consent to the information sought.

None of the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005 have been followed and the respondent is not aware of the Act. Respondent also states that if the Commission permits, the information which has been brought by him can be handed over to the complainant. This again proves that the respondent does not know about the provisions of Section 8 of the Act wherein it is stated that before parting with any third party information, it is necessary to see if any public interest is involved in it. He also states that a court case is pending against Ms. Jagjit Kaur concerning whom the information has been sought. Relevant provision of Section 8 of the RTI Act is reproduced below:

8 Provided further that those matters which come under the exemptions specified in this section shall not be disclosed:
(j) information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information.”

It is also pointed out that in case of third-party information sought, the consent of the third party is required to be obtained as provided in section 11 of the RTI Act. 2005 which reads:

11. (1) Where a Central Public Information Officer or a State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, intends to disclose any information or record, or part thereof on a request made under this Act, which relates to or has been supplied by a third party and has been treated as confidential by that third party, the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall, within five days from the receipt of the request, give a written notice to such third party of the request and of the fact that the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, intends to disclose the information or record, or part thereof, and invite the third party to make a submission in writing or orally, regarding whether the information should be disclosed, and such submission of the third party shall be kept in view while taking a decision about disclosure of information:

None of the provisions have been followed in denying part information related to third party. Complainant, when confronted with the query as to what public interest is involved in the information sought, has no answer. He, however, states he needs the information for producing the same in a court case.

Going through the merits of the case I am of the opinion that information relates to third party and is not of public interest. Therefore, this complaint is being dismissed.

Copies of order be sent to the parties.

Sd/-
Mrs. Ravi Singh
State Information Commissioner

SDP COLLEGE FOR WOMEN Vs D S GREWAL IAS and OTHERS

IN THE HIGH COURT OF PUNJAB AND HARYANA AT CHANDIGARH

COCP No.1272 of 2009

Date of decision: 3.9.2009

SDP College for Women ......Petitioner(s)
Versus
D.S. Grewal, IAS and others ......Respondent(s)

CORAM:-
HONBLE MR.JUSTICE RAKESH KUMAR GARG

Present:
Mr. Sameer Sachdeva, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr. M.C. Berry, Additional Advocate General, Punjab.

Rakesh Kumar Garg, J.(Oral)
In response to the show cause notice issued by this Court, short affidavit on behalf of respondent No.3 has been filed wherein it has been submitted that in compliance of the order dated 9.3.2009 passed by this Court, sanction has been issued by the Government on 27.8.2009 for payment of grant-in-aid to the tune of Rs.1,47,99,597/- and the bill has been submitted to the Treasury on 2.9.2009 for payment.

Mr. M.C. Berry, Additional Advocate General, Punjab, on instructions from Amarjot Singh, Sr. Assistant in the office of DPI (Colleges) Punjab, Chandigarh, states that the payment shall be released to the petitioner-College within four weeks from today.

This satisfies the learned counsel for the petitioner and he does not wish to press this petition any further.

Dismissed as not pressed.

Rule discharged.

In case the payment to the petitioner is not released as aforesaid, the petitioner shall be at liberty to revive this contempt petition.

(RAKESH KUMAR GARG)
JUDGE

Pay and get your degree

As if charging hefty "fees" while giving admission to students was not enough, certain private colleges here have started demanding money for providing their degrees to the students.

These colleges have not held their convocations for the past three-four years and the students, who wish to get the degrees, were being asked to shell out money.

Anita Rani (name changed), a parent whose daughter did her B.Com from SDP College for Women here in 2004-2005 said the college had failed to organise its convocation for the past 3-4 years. Students could get degrees only during convocations.

"Since the convocation by the college was not held, I asked my daughter to get it by hand as her several other friends had already got their degrees. She was asked to pay Rs 100 to get it. She was told by a clerk that this was the rule of the college and every child had to pay to get her degree", added Anita.

The case is no different in Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College. The office staff asks to pay Rs 200 (each student) to hand over the degree. Such college are flouting the university norms.

Principal SDP College Veena Maan said she was not aware about it." I have to confirm it from the office staff", she said.

While, Dr M.M.Gupta, principal, Kamla Lohtia, on the other hand, said since he was new to this institution, he did not know about the rules.

The correspondent, posing as student, spoke to a number of other colleges as well, who asked her to collect the degree without paying anything.

Dr S.S.Bahri, registrar, Panjab University, Chandigarh, said under no circumstances, students should be asked to pay to get the degrees.

"Only for the Ph.D students, for their citation, etc, the university asks for Rs 300 and it has been passed by the committees. The colleges cannot demand money for giving degree to the students", he said.


City girl brings laurels to college

Baljit Kaur, student of SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, brought laurels to her alma mater. She represented Panjab University in the All India Inter-University Softball Tournament held at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, recently, and played the pivot role in her team’s silver medal winning performance.

Earlier, Baljit led the Panjab University baseball squad in the All India Inter-University Baseball Championship held at Srinagar where the team secured bronze medal. President of SDP College management committee Balraj Bhasin and college principal Dr Geeta Bhandari congratulated Baljit Kaur on the achievements.


Students get tips on flower arrangement

The home science department of SDP College for Women organised a workshop on “The art of arranging flowers” in the seminar hall here yesterday.

Dr Neelam Mehrotra, associate professor of family resource management of home science, PAU, was the resource person. She gave tips to students on making fresh-flower and dry-flower arrangements. She said different flower arrangements could be made for different occasions.

Discussion: A meeting of eminent educationists was yesterday held at Punjabi Bhawan on “What is required to improve academic standards of Panjab University and service condition of teachers”. The meeting was chaired by Prof K.B.S. Sodhi. Issues like revival of higher education, one representative each of PCCTU and GCTA as ex-officio/ special invitee to PU senate, complete compliance of PU calender, strict penalties against erring managements, strict implementation of affiliation norms to check the mushrooming growth of academic shops, to check victimisation of teachers, etc. were discussed. Tarsem Bahia, Dr Yog Raj Angrish, Prof Kuldip Singh, Prof Jaipal Singh, etc. took part in the meeting.

Students’ meeting: A meeting of the Punjab Students Union was yesterday held at Ghumar Mandi to discuss issues relating to student community. The meeting was chaired by president Gurmukh Singh Maan and general secretary Dharminder Singh Patran. Union members condemned the state government’s proposal to hand over the education to private players. They sought students’ support to get benefits from the government.


PU zonal youth fest begins

Panjab University Diamond Jubilee Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival commenced at Ramgarhia Girls College here today. On the first day of festival, items of fine arts, creative writing and art and craft were organised. Three hundred students from 11 women colleges of Ludhiana participated in different items. President of the Ramgarhia Educational Council, Ranjodh Singh, addressed the students. He appreciated the participation of the students. He encouraged the prize winners.

Principal Harmit Kaur applauded the exceptional talent exhibited by the participants. She expressed her gratitude to the department of youth welfare for organising this event.

Results: Rangoli: 1 & 2 Guru Nanak Girls College and 3 Ramgarhia Girls College; on the spot painting: 1 Guru Nanak Girls College, 2 Khalsa College for Women and 3 Government College for Women; in clay-modelling: 1 Khalsa College for Women, 2 Government College for Women and 3 Guru Nanak Girls College; poem writing: 1 Khalsa College for Women and Guru Nanak Girls College, 2 Government College for Women and 3 SDP College for Women and Khalsa College for Women; short story writing: 1 Khalsa College for Women, 2 Ramgarhia Girls College and SDP College and 3 Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women and Mata Ganga Khalsa College for Girls, Kottan; essay writing: 1 GNG College, 2 KCW and Ramgarhia College and 3 KCW and GCW; collage making: 1 Ramgarhia College, 2 KCW and 3 MGKCW, Kottan; cartooning: 1 & 2 GCW and 3 KCW; dasuti: 1 GNG College, 2 MGKCW and 3 Ramgarhia Girls College; phulkari: 1 AS College, Khanna, 2 MGKCW second and 3 GNG; pakhi-making: 1 KCW, 2 MGKCW and 3 DD Jain College; crochet work: 1 AS College, 2 GCW and 3 GNKCW.


Diwali mela at SDP college

SDP senior secondary school, Hazuri Road, SDP senior secondary school, Basti Jodhewal and Sh O P Gupta model senior secondary school , Quilla Mohalla jointly celebrated the festival of Diwali in the premises of the SDP College for Women here today. Sudesh Bajaj, DEO, was the chief guest.

While addressing the students, Balraj Bhasin said such programmes were conducted to make the young generation to realise the importance of their rich cultural heritage. Decked up stalls of eatables were there to enjoy the fair. Students participated in various competitions like solo dance, group dance, bhangra, choreography etc. The students held the audience spellbound with their scintillating performance. The president awarded the teachers and students for their distinguished achievements in various fields of education.


SDP college organises heritage competition

The home science department of the SDP College for Women organised an inter-class ‘Heritage Competition’ here o Thursday. More than 30 students participated in on-the-spot embroidery and crochet making competition. The participants made and displayed colourful designs and patterns of embroidery. Veena Gian Singh Mann, Surinder Kaur and Neelu adjudged the items.

In phulkari, first prize was given to Khushbu while second prize was given to Aarti. In dasuti, Nandini got the first prize while Bindiya was given second prize. In crochet embroidery, first prize was bagged by Anju.

Principal Geeta Bhandari presided over the function.


Adopt small family norms: Civil surgeon

The population explosion in India, and for that matter, in the entire third world countries, was eating into scarce resources and posing a big hurdle in the way of development in the economic, social and educational fields.

These observations were made by civil surgeon Sat Pal Sharma while presiding over a district-level function to mark the “World Population Day” at Industrial Training Institute for Girls at Ghumar Mandi here today.

He urged people to adopt the “small family” norm so that the children, who were future citizens of the nation, could have access to health facilities, education and a healthy environment for overall growth. In this context, he cited examples of developed countries, which had achieved phenomenal growth due to population control.

The computer science department of SDP College for Women, in collaboration with the NSS units, organised an essay writing contest on “Increasing World Population - A Serious Threat to Prosperity.” Reena (BCA-I), Dharamwati Sharma (BCA-I) and Miki Sehgal (BCA-I) were awarded first, second and third prize, respectively.

An essay writing competition was also organised at Sri Om Parkash Gupta SDP Senior Secondary School on “World Population Day” in which a large number of students participated. President of SDP Educational Society Balraj Bhasin and director of SDP institutions Sushil Verma spoke on the need to effectively check the population growth and involvement of the people in making it a mass movement.



New principal takes charge

Dr Geeta Bhandari took charge as the principal of SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, recently in the presence of managing committee, staff and employees of the college. Besides, being a gold medallist in MA English from GNDU Amritsar, Dr Bhandari has to her credit, degrees in M.Phil and Ph.D. She has written 52 poems in English and her book ‘Odyssey of Love’ is under publication.

Since October 31, 1987, she has been serving as lecturer in English. Dr Geeta has also attended international seminars and workshops. Taking charge as the principal, she reiterated her commitment to academic excellence and quality management.



Warm adieu

Students of BA, B.Com, BCA II of SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, organised a warm farewell for the outgoing students. A gala audio-visual feast was presented by the students of second and third years together.

The students spent afternoon in fun and frolic with dances, songs and other such thrilling items.

The show was presented by the students of BA, B.Com final wearing ethnic attires and traditional and modern jewellery. Meena of BA III won the Miss SDP title. Gurvinderjeet Kaur, Mansi and Shaveta were the judges. She further exhorted the outgoing students to have a clear cut vision before joining any field.

President of the SDP Sabha Balraj Bhasin also sent his heartiest wishes and heartfelt blessings to the outgoing students.



Easy win for MCM

MCM DAV College, Chandigarh, gave a crushing defeat to the SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, 11-01 on the second day of the Panjab University Inter-College Base ball (Women) Tournament. The tournament was held on the PU campus, here, today.

In another match, GN Girls College, Ludhiana, proved tough for MTS Memorial College (W), Ludhiana, and thrashed them by a margin of 10 points without conceding a single point. In the last match of the day, GN Khalsa College (W), Ludhiana, beat the GGS College for Women, Chandigarh, in a well contested match 8-7.


Tahseen bags declamation honours

In the memory of late Ram Lal Bhasin, a freedom fighter and philanthropist, the SDP College for Women organised a declamation contest here today on the college premises. Mr R.C. Chopra, Director, Small Industries Service Institute, was the chief guest while Ms Saroj Chopra was the guest of honour.

In his welcome address, Mr Balraj Bhasin highlighted the remarkable achievements of Mr Chopra as an entrepreneur. The function began with jyoti prajvalan, a ritualistic ceremony and a dance performance by Ms Reena.

Teams from 15 women colleges of the district took part in the contest. They spoke on topics like ‘Responsibility and accountability of media towards society’, ‘Senior citizens-Where should they go’, ‘Modern women’, ‘Human values and commercialisation’, ‘Media: Invasion on Indian culture’, ‘Media and images of women’, ‘Men have achieved a lot: Let women come forward’ etc.

The first prize was bagged by Ms Tahseen of the Khalsa College for Women, second prize was given to Ms Hina Bedi of Guru Nanak Khalsa College.


Youth festival prize winners felicitated

Students of the National College for Women brought laurels to the institute by performing well in the Zonal Youth Festival of Panjab University, which concluded on Tuesday at the SDP College for Women, Ludhiana. Fourteen colleges participated in the festival.

The Managing Committee of the college organised a function to felicitate the prize winners on the college premises the very next day.

Mr Amrik Singh Kahlon, Mr Hardial Singh, Mr Anil Sood and Mr Sohan Singh guron, all members of the Managing Committee, congratulated the prize winners.

In his brief address, Mr Anil Sood praised the efforts made by Principal Dr Parminder Singh and other staff members for preparing the students for the festival.

The names of the prize winners along with events in which they won prizes are as under:

Kali singing: Mandeep Kaur-Ist and Harpreet Kaur-IInd.

Histronics: Amandeep Kaur-Ist.

Cross stitch: Harpreet Kaur-IInd.

Kavishri singing: Mandeep Kaur-Ist (individual); Mandeep Kaur, Harpreet Kaur, Jupinder Kaur-IInd (group).

Folk song: Mandeep Kaur-Ist (individual).

Heritage collection: Gaganpreet Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur, Megha Takyar-all Ist.


Students enact plays on violence against women

The second day of Panjab University’s Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival was marked by excitement and enthusiasm at the SDP College for Women here today. Some students looked nervous and lost.

Students from over 14 women colleges of Ludhiana Zone-B took part in the events like drama, histrionics, percussion and non-percussion, Indian orchestra, group folk orchestra, folk instruments, poem writing, poetical recitation, debate, elocution, skits, mime and mimicry, etc. Everybody appreciated their performances.

The students presented discrimination against women through various forms of drama with the message of shunning violence against the woman.

One of the candidates said they had practised hard. “I think we have done justice to our job if the applause given to us is any indication”, she added.

Meanwhile, Mr I.D. Singh, General Manager, Punjab National Bank, presided over the morning session of the festival. Principal of the college Veena Maan, on behalf of the management, students and staff, welcomed the chief guest. Mr Balraj Kumar Bhasin, president of the SDP Sabha, along with Ms Maan, gave away the prizes to the winners of the evening session on the first day of the festival, which was presided over by Mr S.R. Kler, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA.

The following are the results:

Indian classical music (vocal): Himani, Ramgarhia Girls College, 1; Inderpreet Kaur, MTSM College for Women, 2; and Navneet, Government College for Women and Karanpreet, Khalsa College for Women, 3; geet/ghazal: Navneet, Government College for Women, 1; Arshpreet, Ramgarhia Girls College 2; and Nimrata, MTSM College for Women, 3.

Folk songs: Gurlej Akhtar, Guru Nanak Khalsa College, 1; Mandeep, National College for Women, Macchiwara, 2; and Narinder Kaur, Ramgarhia Girls College, 3.

The evening session of the festival was presided over by Mr B.D. Budhiraja, Dean, College Development Council.


Students showcase creative skills

Students of Guru Nanak Girls College, Government College for Women, Ramgarhia Girls College and Khalsa College for Women shared the top honours in the four-day youth and heritage festival of Panjab University, which commenced at the SDP College for Women here today.

Mr Harnam Das Johar, Public Health and Sanitation Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest. NCC cadets presented a guard of honour to him.

As many as 14 colleges of Ludhiana Zone-B are participating in over three dozen cultural and heritage competitions. Hundreds of music and art lovers thronged the college to watch students perform.

The minister announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the development of the college. The management of the SDP Sabha honoured him with a memento and shawl.

The results are: poster making—Amandeep Kaur (Guru Nanak Girls College) 1, Maninder Kaur (Khalsa College for Women) 2, and Manpreet Kaur (A.S. College, Khanna) 3; clay modeling— Balpreet Kaur (Guru Nanak Girls College) 1, Kamalpreet Kaur (Govt College for Women) 2, and Sukhvir Kaur (Khalsa College for Women) 3; cartooning—Ravneet Kaur (Govt College for Women) 1, Manpreet Gandhi (Govt College for Women) 2, and Harmanpreet (Ramgarhia Girls College) 3; still life drawing—Kulvir (Khalsa College for Women) 1 , Shilpa (D.D. Jain College) 2, and Jaspreet (Ramgarhia Girls College) 3; on-the-spot painting—Sophia (Govt College for Women) 1, Gurparneet Kaur (Guru Nanak Girls College) 2 and Shweta (Khalsa College for Women); collage making—Nancy (Ramgarhia Girls College) 1, Prabhjot (Ramgarhia Girls College) 2, and Jasleen Kaur (Guru Nanak Khalsa College) 3; rangoli—Jupinder Kaur (Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women) 1, Navneet Kaur (A.S. College, Khanna) 2, and Nancy (Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women) 3; embroidery—Daljit Kaur (Guru Nanak Girls College) and Jagdeep Kaur (A.S. College, Khanna) 1, Manjinder Kaur (Govt College for Women) 2; and Rajni (Master Tara Singh College for Women) 3; embroidery (phulkari, bagh, dasooti)—Parveen Verma (Guru Nanak Girls College) 1, Harpreet Kaur (National College for Women, Machhiwara) 2, and Ruchika (D.D. Jain College for Women) 3; mehndi—Anita Rani (A.S. College, Khanna) 1, Gagandeep Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College) 2, and Mamta Rani (D.D. Jain College for Women) 3; poem writing—Heena Bedi (Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women) 1, Ritu Jain (Khalsa College for Women) 2, and Kanwalpreet Kaur (Mai Bhago College, Ramgarh) 3; short story writing—Manjot Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College) 1, Nadia (Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women) 2, and Jaspreet Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College) 3; essay writing— Nisha (Ramgarhia Girls College) 1, Jaspreet Kaur (Khalsa College for Women) 2, and Romil Preet Kaur (Govt College for Women) 3; quiz—Govt College for Women 1, Guru Nanak Khalsa College 2, and Khalsa College for Women 3; music (vocal)—shabad/bhajan— Ramgarhia Girls College 1, Khalsa College for Women 2, and Govt College for Women and Master Tara Singh College for Women 3; shabad/bhajan (individual)— Arshpreet Kaur (Ramgarhia Girls College) 1, Monika Kalra (Master Tara Singh College for Women) 2, and Inderleen Kaur (Khalsa College for Women) 3.


Death anniversary of SDP Sabha chief

Glowing tributes were paid to the late Om Prakash Gupta, former president, SDP Sabha, on his seventh death anniversary here yesterday. He devoted his life to dissemination of education and betterment of weaker sections of society. On this occasion his sons Mr Virinder Gupta, Mr Vijayinder Gupta, Mr Sanjiv Gupta and his daughter-in-law, Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor Municipal Corporation, and secretary, All India Mahilla Congress, Ms Shashi Gupta, Ms Sunita Gupta, Ms Saloni Gupta paid tributes by garlanding his statue in SDP College for Women along with president Balraj Bhasin.

Ms S. Verma, (Director), Ms Shashi Bindal (officiating Principal) SDP College for women, Mr Ashok Verma, Mr Jasveer Chauhan (officiating Principal) SDP Senior Secondary School, Dr O.P. Kaushal (Deputy Director), Mr Om Parkash Gupta, SDP Model Senior Secondary School were also present on the occasion.


NSS volunteers visit Dugri village

Under a 10-day NSS camp being organised at the SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, volunteers visited Dugri village and cleaned the parks today. They also conducted a survey of the area and took out an awareness rally about pollution of the canal water. The residents of the area appreciated the efforts of the volunteers being made under the guidance of president Balraj Bhasin, director S. Verma, Principal S. Bindal and programme officers S. Bhalla, Nivedita Arora and Sunita.

Ashiana, Vasudha Jain and Twinkle won the first, second and third prizes in the mehandi competition.

The volunteers were also given lessons in glass painting, statue painting, fabric painting and pot painting.

Vice-Principal of the college B. Ahuja also addressed the campers.

Lecture: On the 8th day of 10-day special NSS camp being organised by the NSS unit of Guru Nanak Girls College, a lecture was arranged on beauty aids.

Ms Baljeet Kaur gave tips to protect the skin from the scorching sun. She gave a demonstration on homemade face packs.

Ms Sonia trained volunteers in making flowers from organdie, stockings, pearls and chemicals. She also discussed various tie-and-dye techniques.

A session on dressing and self grooming was also held. A declamation contest on “Inner beauty and outer beauty” was also organised.

Ashwinder (BSc III), Prabhjot (BSc III), Manveen (BA I), Seepal (BSc II), Prabhjot (BSc III), Manveen (BA III), Sarita (BA I), Seepal (BSc II) and Sandeep (MA II) participated in the contest.

Poem recitation: A Hindi poem recitation competition was held for the KG section of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines.

Ms Shivani (coordinator, Kidzee, Ludhiana) and Ms Mandeep Kaur (Kidzee) were the judges. Ms Annu Sehra, in charge of the KG section, along with the judges appreciated the children’s efforts and encouraged them.

In the LKG section, Sparsh (LKG-A), Somil Jenner (LKG-E) and Manya (LKG-D) got the consolation prizes.

In the UKG section, Taneesha Gaur (UKG-B), Naman Chibba (UKG-C), Vani Ahuja UKG-F and Arjun Puri UKG-A got the first, second, third and consolation prizes, respectively.

Magic show: KVM organised a magic show to make students recall the memories of bygone days. The show was enjoyed by the students of the classes I to V.

Mr S.C. Saxena, Principal, presided over the show. Ms Aruna Pawar, in charge of the higher section of the school, welcomed the famous magician, Mr Cunjama Murli.

The magician performed various tricks like converting the candles into flowers and umbrellas, multiplying bottles, paper bag production, milk magazine etc. He called some students on to the stage for performing various tricks and gave them tips in magic.

Ms Kavita Wadhwa, in charge of the primary section, extended a vote of thanks.

BCA I results: Students of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, have excelled in BCA I exam conducted by Panjab University.

Navsangeet Kaur topped the college by securing 82.9 per cent marks, whereas Upasana Arora with 78.3 and Anisha Goyal with 78.1 per cent marks got the second and the third positions, respectively.

Out of 39 students, 16 scored more than 70 per cent marks. Principal Dr Charanjit Mahal congratulated the staff and students on their success.

Master Tara Singh College: Students of MTSMC, Ludhiana, have also performed well in BCA 1 examination. Around 95 per cent of the students secured the first division. Isha topped the college by getting 77.75 per cent marks.


City candidates dominate Academic Council poll

Out of a total of 15 lecturers, who got elected to the Academic Council during Panjab University polls recently, 10 candidates are from Ludhiana. The results of the elections were declared on late Monday night. The Academic Council is the highest body in any university, which approves or amends new schemes concerning academics.

Prof Barinderjit Singh Birdi, Head, Department of Physics, GGN Khalsa, Ludhiana, polled a maximum number of votes. He got 1,112 votes out of 1,995 votes. Other candidates from Ludhiana district included Mr Kamaljit Singh from G.N. College, Narangwal (Ludhiana), Mohammad Saleem from Kamla Lohtia College, Ms Prakash Kaur Grewal, SDP College for Women, Mr Parkash Verma, SDP College for Women, Mr Ram Singh Gurna, A.S. College, Khanna, Mr Rohit Kumar, Kamla Lohtia College, Dr Sanjiv Talwani and Mr S.C. Goyal, A.S. College Khanna and Mr Surinder Mohan Deep, G.N. College, Narangwal. It may be mentioned that all five contestants from Chandigarh were defeated in the elections.


Lohri celebrated

Lohri dedicated to the girl child was celebrated at SDP College for Women here on Thursday. Girls attired in traditional costumes presented gala dances and folk songs to commemorate the spirit of Lohri.

Ms S. Verma, Honorary Director, showed her concern at the falling number of girls in Punjab and stressed that their birth should be welcomed.

In Punjab, Lohri has a special significance and is meant to celebrate birth of a child and newly married couples.

Honourable members of the management, Mr Dhari Shah Singla, Mr Baldev Raj, Mr Lekh Raj Arora, Mr Vijay Inder Gupta, Mr Om Parkash Angrish also graced the occasion.


Girl students apprised of gynae problems

A one-day free medical camp has been organised in collaboration with Shri Bhagwan Ram Charitable Hospital by the NSS units at SDP College for Women. The camp was held under the guidance of president of SDP College, Mr Balraj Bhasin.

Honorary Director Sushil Verma and officiating Principal Shashi Bindal inaugurated the camp. Dr Justin Das, Dr Dilpreet, Dr Jyotika, Dr Meenu and paramedical staff examined students and guided them about various gynecological problems. They provided information about various female diseases and medicines were given free of cost to the students.

About 250 students were examined in the camp.The camp was held under the supervision of NSS Programme officers, Ms Sudesh Bhalla, Ms Nivedita Arora and Ms Sunita.


SDP holds poetry contest

A poem-recitation competition was held in the SDP College for Women here today to express the students feelings of love and attitude to mother s contribution in their lives.

It was a joint venture of three language departments of the college. The students participated in it enthusiastically in large numbers. Fifteen people recited poems on different topics like Mother, Ambi Da Vehra , Laugh and be merry etc.

The chief guest on the occasion was the Director of the institution, Ms Sushil Verma.

Officiating Principal, Ms Shashi Bindal, also graced the occasion. The glorified examples of motherly affection generated a soothing ambience in the hall.

Ms Verma motivated and encouraged the students to participate in extra-curricular activities. The students were honoured for their remarkable performance.


Army camp at SDP College

28 Air Defence Regiment, Jalandhar cantonment, organised a 15-day camp recently in which five NCC cadets of 3 Punjab Girls Battalion, SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, and five cadets of 5 Punjab Girls Battalion, (Moga) participated.

The cadets were given firing practice. They visited the Artillery Regiment, 8 Mech Kapurthala and the Air Force station, Adampur. They were also told about weapons.

Col Debasish Mitra, Co, 28 Air Defence Regiment, honoured Lt Dr Asha Aneja, NCC officer, SDP College for Women.



It was Hindi Divas yesterday

A state-level function to celebrate Hindi Divas was held jointly by the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Punjab, and Punjab Hindi Parishad, Ludhiana, at Arya College here today. Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary was the chief guest while Mr Sudershan Sharma, president, Arya Pratinidhi Sabha presided over the function. Mr Chandershekhar Upadhyaya, Advocate-General, Uttaranchal was the guest of honour on the occasion.

SDP College: The postgraduate Department of Hindi celebrated Hindi Divas here at the seminar hall of SDP College for Women.Ms Sushil Verma, the chief guest inaugurated it. The officiating principal, Ms Shashi Bindal also graced the occasion. The programme started with Saraswati Vandana. Neha presented a dance performance on the occasion.

Students took part in poetry recitation. “Hindi in Hindustan”, “Let us speak Hindi”, etc. were the interesting topics on which students expressed views.

Ms Verma appreciated the efforts of students for their inclination towards Hindi. Head of the department, Veena Singh Maan shared notions about Hindi with students. A creative writing competition was also held to mark the occasion. Balwinder secured first position and Ekta second in poetry writing. In story writing, Jhalak and Nicky Gupta were declared first. In essay writing, Ruchi got first position and Neetu got second position. Students were given prizes.



Elocution contest

The SDP College for Women organised the 40th AD Shroff Memorial Elocution Competition for college students as part of Divali week activities.

The topics for the contest were: ‘Role of citizens’ organisations and effective governance’, ‘Role of insurance industry in Indian economy’, ‘Second Green Revolution’, ‘Future of economic reforms in India’, ‘Role of foreign investment in India’. Sixteen students participated in the competition.

The first prize of Rs 1,000 was given to Ashu of BCom I, the second prize of Rs 600 was given to Manupriya of BCom II, while the third prize of Rs 400 was given to Aarti of BCom I. Ms S. Bindal, Ms P. Verma and Ms Ranjana Sood were the judges.

Ms S. Verma, Principal, presided over the function. Mr Balraj Bhasin, president of the SDP Sabha and College Managing Committee, congratulated the winners.



Cultural bonanza

The SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, opened a week-long cultural bonanza on the college campus today to commemorate Divali. The cultural week began with collage and poster-making competition and an intra-college poetry recitation competition.

Mr Balraj Kumar Bhasin, president, SDP College for Women, inaugurated the function along with the guest of honour, Mrs Usha Kiran Bhasin.

Eighteen participants from nine colleges of the Ludhiana zone participated in the poster-making competition and displayed their talents.

The judges of the poster-making competition were Mrs Jyoti Paul and Ms Babli.

Neha Jain of SDP College for Women, Shuchi Jain of SDP, College and Ms Anju Dogra of Khalsa College for Women were declared first, second and third, respectively. Shruti Sood of Khalsa College for Women won the consolation prize.

In the intra-college poetry recitation competition, Balwinder and Gugdeep Kaur were declared first and second respectively.

Mr P.C. Gupta, president, and Mr Romesh Sood, general secretary Alumuni Association, of the Government College for Boys, in a statement have criticised the recent attacks on union leaders of the Government College by some outsiders. If these institutions were not safe, what about the common man’s security, they asked, while demanding action against the culprits.



Hindi Divas observed

The local chapter of the Punjab Hindi Parishad organised a function at the Government College for Women here today to observe Hindi Divas. The function was held in collaboration with Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India, New India Assurance Company, Lions Club, Punjab Pradesh Aggarwal Sammelan and the Bharat Vikas Parishad.

Mr Surinder Dawar, who was the chief guest on the occasion, inaugurated an exhibition of paintings and postal stamps showing the long march made by Hindi. Mr Dawar later lighted a lamp after which students of the college performed Saraswati Vandana.

Dr Narrotam Sharma of Central Malwa Training College delivered an address on the importance of Hindi Divas and the 125th death anniversary of great Hindi poet Munshi Prem Chand.

Later, a chorus was sung and a poem on Hindi was recited by students of the college. Girl students of Malwa Training College presented a mini-play based on the novels written by Munshi Prem Chand. Students of the GCW, with their faces painted like Tricolour, presented a captivating dance performance to the accompaniment of Vande Mataram. It was widely appreciated by the audience.

Mr Yash Pal Bangia, general secretary of the Panjab Hindi Parishad, in his address said the parishad had pledged to make efforts towards getting Hindi its due place in Punjab along with the mother tongue Punjabi.

Later, teachers, successful contestants, heads of the participating educational institutes and students were honoured.

The post graduate department of the local SDP College for Women celebrated the Hindi Divas here today. A large number of students participated in the programme which highlighted the importance of the Hindi Language.

The participants recited poems, made speeches and presented choreography and skits to mark the occasion. The star attraction of the function was a choreography ‘Hindi Bhasha ki Jai’.

Speaking on sthe occasion, Ms S. Verma, Principal of the college, urged the students to use Hindi in daily work and promote the langauge. Ms Veena Gian Mann, Head of the Hindi Department thanked the participants. Ms Verma gave away prizes to the participants.


Quiz

The Language Department of the SDP College for Women organised an inter-class quiz on Saturday in the seminar hall of the college. Ms S. Verma, Principal of the college, presided over the function.

Twenty-five students participated in the contest. Student’s vocabulary and knowledge of literature, language, grammar and translation was tested in four rounds.

Team B of BA II stood first with 27 points. Team A of BA III secured the second place with 25 points and team D of Class XII was declared third in the contest. It got 23 points.

Ms S. Verma congratulated the winners and motivated other students to take part in such contests. She also gave away prizes to the winning teams.


Teej celebrated with fervour

The campus echoed with Punjabi folklore. Girls looked happy and cheerful in myriad coloured Punjabi dresses as the Teej function was arranged to mark the advent of sawan at SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, here this morning. Ms Rakhi Gupta Bhandari, IAS, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, was the chief guest and Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, was the guest of honour on the day.

A colourful Punjabi ambience was created by decorating the campus with phulkaris, dupattas, daris, khes, pakhis and chaaj etc. The campus was tastefully decorated and it provided a unique view of the Punjab culture and heritage.

Ms Bhandari inaugurated the exhibition of items related to Punjab’s culture such as chullah, charkha, chakki, bharoli, madhani, phulkaris, chamta etc.

A large number of students dressed in bright coloured costumes, decked with traditional Punjabi jewellery, bangles, tikas, saggi-phul, bindis and tiledaar jooti very enthusiastically participated in various cultural items like giddha, kikli, modelling, folk dances, folk songs, tappey and bollian.

Punjabi singer Happy Jaura enthralled the audience with his songs and performance for about an hour.

Miss Teej, mehndi, Punjabi jutti and paranda, bangles contests were also held on the occasion. The winners of the mehndi competition were: Shilpi I, Ranjana 2, Veena 3.

Mrs Gupta and Mrs S. Verma, Principal, honoured Ritambara of B. Com II, who won the Miss Teej title, and gave away prizes to the winners of other competitions.

Mrs Bhandari and Mrs Sushil Gupta addressed the students and asked them to remain in touch with the culture of Punjab and preserve it.

Mementos were presented to Mrs Bhandari and Mrs Gupta.

Members of the management also graced the occasion.

Meanwhile, College of Home Science, PAU, organised a function to mark the festival of Teej here today. Dr (Ms) Manjeet Dhillion, Dean of the college, inaugurated the festival. Folk song, folk dance and Ms Teej contests were held on the occasion. The students also participated in kikli competition. Stalls selling bangles, suits, chat papris etc were put up.

The Hasbol Kitty Club celebrated Teej at SKSK Educational Institute, Saleem Tabri, Ludhiana, today. To promote cultural activities among women, a mehndi competition and a Teej queen contest were organised.

According to the organiser of the function, Dr Harpreet Kaur, 25 women participated in the contests. Principal Ajit Kaur and Mr Harleen Kaur were the judges for the contests. Mrs Kamal Grewal was adjudged the Teej queen and Mrs Manwinder was declared the giddha queen . The Beautiful smile title was won by Mrs Jolly. Mrs Renu won the Hasdi Boldi Mutyar title while Ms Noorie was awarded the Matakdi Tor title.

Teej the festival of maidens, mehndi, mithai and monsoon was celebrated in KVM today. A mehndi and rangoli contest was organised in the mini auditorium on the occasion. The theme of the contest was traditional Triranjan . Girls dressed in colourful attire presented a dance. As many as 260 girls participated in the contests. They drew exotic mehndi designs. The rangoli making contest was also exciting. The girls used flowers, lamps, sawdust, colours, pulses, rice etc to make designs ranging from geometrical, traditional and floral. The floor of the mini auditorium seemed to be sprayed with a colourful array of intricate colour schemes and eye catching designs.

The contest was organised by craft teacher and the Principal, Mr S C Saxena, presided over the function. Speaking on the occasion Mr Saxena said such functions helped to tap creativity as well as keep the traditions alive. Dr (Ms) Sushma Gupta, Head of the Department of Home Science, Govt College for Women, Ludhiana and Dr (Ms) Rupa Bakshi, Prof and Head Department of Family Resource Management, PAU, were the judges for the occasion.

Results were as follows: Mehndi -Class IX- Palak Goyal first; Aditi second; Aditi Jain third.

Class X- Saru first; Geetika second; Isha third(IX-G)

Class XI- Daneet first; Neha second; Megha third.

Class XII- Shaveta first; Naureen second; Yammi third.

Rangoli- Gurpreet and Dhara, first; Vidushi and Shagun second, Neha and Nancy, third; Consolation prize. Jaismeen and Shikha.



NSS camp at SDP College

The NSS Department of SDP College for Women has organised a 10-day NSS camp on the college campus. During the camp, NSS volunteers have undertaken a drive to clean the college and surrounding areas, besides organising medical check-up of students and inhabitants of Quila Mohalla. Extension lectures on AIDS, empowerment of women, balanced diet, personality development, drinking water and pollution problem etc. are also being held.

Hobby classes, pot painting, soft-toys making, cooking, food and preservation, mehandi, purposeful use of waste material will also be organised.



Poonam, Rachna top sports meet

Poonam and Rachna, students of BA III, were adjudged the best athlete and the best player, respectively, during the annual athletics meet of the Sanatan Dharam Pracharak Institutions held at the SDP College for Women ground, Circular Road, here today. A large number of students from SDP College, SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal, and Om Parkash SDP Model Senior Secondary School took part in athletics and fun games.

Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, inaugurated the meet. Ms S. Verma, Principal, SDP College, welcomed the chief guest. He also read out the report highlighting the achievements of the students during the current academic year.

Results:

SDP College: 50 m — Nidhi 1, Avinash 2, Ritu 3; 100 m — Nidhi 1, Poonam 2, Neetu 3; 200 m — Nidhi 1, Ritu 2, Nitima 3; 400 m — Nidhi 1, Ridhu 2, Nitima 3; sack race — Poonam 1, Manu 2, Suman 3; chatti race — Harpreet 1, Pooja 2, Razia 3; slow cycling — Poonam 1, Nilima 2, Rashmi 3; potato race — Neha Dholi 1, Sazi 2, Neha Jain 3; three-legged race — Reemi and Shallu 1, Meenu and Jyoti 2.

SDP Sr Sec School, Basti Jodhewal, best athletes — Neena (senior wing) and Chandni (junior wing).



Surjit Patar interacts with students

The Punjabi Sahitya Sabha of Kamla Lohtia SD College organised a face-to-face programme with noted Punjabi poet Surjit Patar here yesterday. Surjit Patar recited some of his poems and sang gazals, much to the delight of students. He also answered questions posed by the students.

Dr Kehar Singh, Professor in Department of Punjabi, Panjab University, spoke on “Globalisation and Punjabi Culture”. He said the youth were drifting away from Punjabi culture in the name of modernity and globalisation. He urged the students to go back to their roots.

The proceedings were conducted by Dr Jograj, Head of Punjabi Department. Dr B.D. Budhiraja, Principal, welcomed the guests and urged the students to appreciate their culture.

Declamation contest: Twelve teams comprising 24 candidates participated in the Late Mr Ram Lal Bhasin Inter-College Declamation Contest organised at SDP College yesterday. Ms Indira Bhata, Principal, SCD Government College, was the chief guest.

After the lighting of ceremonial lamp and rendering of Saraswati Vandana, the students spoke on “Should there be beauty contests”, “Life is what we make it”, “Uniform Civil Code for national integration”, “Responsibility of media in democracy and India in the emerging world order”.

The results: Running trophy: Ms Rachna Sharma and Vibhuti Bhalla of Arya College for Women; first: Ms Rachna Sharma of Arya College for Women, second: Ms Tripati Sethi of Malwa College of Education for Women, third: Paramjit Singh of BCM College of Education; consolation prize: Shelly Goyal of SDP College for Women.

Later, Ms Indira Bhatia paid homage to late Ram Lal Bhasin, an eminent freedom fighter, and congratulated the winners.



SDP college holds extension lecture

The Postgraduate Department of Hindi, SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, organised an extension lecture today at the seminar hall of the college. It was part of the series being organised by various departments of college.

Dr Suresh Chander Vatsayan, former Professor and Head of the Department of Hindi, Government College, Ludhiana, was the resource person. He spoke on National Conscience and Modern Hindi Poetry.

Pulse Polio Campaign: Twentyfive NSS volunteers of Government College here took part in the Pulse Polio Campaign that started on Sunday and would continue till Tuesday. The students gave polio drops to children of slum areas. They also visited cinemas and marriage palaces in this regard.

Fee hike resented: The proposal of Panjab University, Chandigarh, to hike fee of professional courses by 35 per cent and of graduation and postgraduation courses by 10 per cent in the coming session has invoked stiff opposition from students.

The Punjab Students Union have criticised the decision. Mr Harpreet Zeerakh, state unit president of the union, stated this in a press note issued on Monday.

The students felt that the hike will make these courses out of bounds for a majority of students.

The students also criticised the attack on Mr Joginder Azad, leader of the Democratic Teachers Union , Khanna, by certain persons.

Lecture held: An extension lecture on “Interpersonal comparison in transactional analysis” by Dr M.A. Zaheer, former head and Dean, Department of Business Administration, Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, was organised by the Department of Economics, Kamla Lohtia S.D. College, Daresi Road, Ludhiana, on the college premises on Monday. Principal B.D. Budhiraja advised the students to get familiar with the content of the abovesaid topic.

Resource person M.A. Zaheer focused his lecture on various aspects of human behaviour and its relation with transactional analysis. He was presented with a memento.


Athletics meet of SDP schools

The fourth annual athletics meet of the SDP Schools, managed by the Sanatan Dharam Pracharak Sabha, was organised at the SDP College for Women ground here today. Students of SDP Senior Secondary Schools, Hazoori road, Basti Jodhewal and Quila Mohalla, took part.

Results: (u-19 years) — 800 m- Mandeep Kumar 1, Naresh Kumar 2, Gurpreet 3; 1500 m- Mandeep 1, Veer A K Love 2, Narinder 3; long jump- Sandeep Batra 1, Narinder 2, Santosh 3; javelin throw- Deepinder Singh 1, Anil 2, Sumit Chopra 3; discus throw- Naresh 1, Rohit Sahota 2, Deepinder Singh 3; shot put- Rohit Sahota 1, Jatinder Singh 2, Suneet Chopra 3; hammer throw- Jatinder Singh 1, Sunil 2, Rohit Sahota 3; and best athlete- Narinder Singh of 10+2.

U-17 years (800 m): Shambu 1, Sanjeev 2, Vinod 3; 1500 m- Shambhu 1, Vinod 2, Vijay 3; long jump- Rahul 1, Om Parkash 2, Sanjiv 3; javelin throw- Om parkash 1, Surinder 2; Manoj 3; discus throw- Rajeev 1, Abhay 2, Rinku 3; and shot put- Rahul 1, Rinku 2, Surinder 3- best athlete- Shambu.



Debate held on Valentines Day

The local unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised a debate on “Celebration of Valentine’s Day is an attack on Indian culture” at Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College here today.

A team of two students each from seven colleges of the city participated in the debate. Richa of Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women won the first prize. The second prize was shared between Vibhuti of Arya College for Women and Shilpi of SDP College for Women. Teamwise, the first trophy went to Arya College for Women. The team of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women was declared runner up.

Mr Jagmohan Gupta, president, Sanatan Dharam Sabha, was the chief guest. Principal B.D. Budhiraja presided over the function.



Quiz contest at SDP College

The History Society of SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, observed Martyrdom Day of Guru Teg Bahadur “Hind Di Chaddar” by organising a quiz contest on the college campus. Mrs S. Verma, Principal, was the chief guest.

Ms Neha of BA (II) acted as the quiz master. Five teams comprising 15 students from the Department of History participated in it. Fifty questions in the 10th round were asked on the life achievements and personality of Guru Teg Bahadur.

The results of the quiz are as follows: The first prize for team (A), — Ms Madhu, Ms Neelam and Ms Dimple, second prize to team (C)- Ms Seema, Ms Veena and Narinder, at the third prize to team (B)- Ms Raju, Lata and Savi.



Need for more youth festivals, says minist

Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Higher Education Minister, Punjab, said more competitions would be held for students by organising youth competitions at different levels in colleges. He was addressing the students of Government College for Women here today.

He said the youth festivals played an important role in honing the talent among the students. He highly appreciated the performance of the students of Government College and said that education was not merely reading the books and passing examinations but it also helped in developing an integrated and personality of the students. He further said that the education should enable a student to give expression to his inner qualities and the youth festivals give a chance to the students to bring out the bidder artist within them.

He congratulated the students on their achievements in the recently concluded zonal youth festival held at SDP College for Women.

He stressed upon the improvement of standards of education and asked teachers to inculcate discipline and a spirit of competitions among the students.

He announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the swimming pool of the college and also announced the starting of post graduate courses in English, economics, mathematics and commerce in the college. He gave away prizes to the winners.

Mrs Kusum Ahuja, Principal, highlighted the achievements of the college.



Contests galore at youth fest

Punjab University Youth Festival (Zone -A) is in full swing at the SDP College for Women. The chief guest on November 6 was Mr Pritam Singh. Mr Ved Prakash, Mr Shammi Kapoor, Mr Lejkh Raj, Mr Onm Prakash Angrish, Mr Vijay Inder Gupta, Mr Rajinder Soi, Mr R.K. and Mr R.C. Kalia were also present.

The results of the competitions are as follows:

Essay writing: Neha of the Government College for Women 1; Mandeep of the Government College for Women 2; and Mehar Abbas of the SDP College for Women 3.

Poem writing: Hira Bedi of the Government College for Women 1; Jaskanwal Sohi of the Government College for Women 2; and Pavitarjit Kaur of the Khalsa College for Women 3.

Short story writing: Randeep Kaur of the Khalsa College for Women 1; Preeti Devgan of the Government College for Women 2; and Pragya Nayyar of Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women 3.

Drama: Guru Nanak Girls College 1; MTMS College 2; and the G.N. Khalsa College for Women and the Khalsa College for Women 3. (Individual prize) : Ritika of MTMS College 1; Rajwant of GNG College, Model Town, 2; and Navneet and Jashanpreet Kaur of SDP College 3.

Histrionics: Jashanpreet Kaur of the SDP College for Women 1; Manu Dawar of G.N. Khalsa College for Women, 2; and Harpreet Kaur of Guru Nanak Girls College 3.



Poetry recitation, debate mark youth fest

Poetry recitation, debate and fine arts events marked the opening of the four-day Panjab University Youth Festival for zone-A, being held at the SDP College for Women, here today.

Dr K.N. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, was the chief guest. He was welcomed by Mr Balraj Bhasin, president of the SDP Sabha, Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Ms S. Verma, Principal of the host college, college principals and PU senators.

Students from eight local women colleges affiliated with Panjab University, participated in the contests. The results are as follows: poetry recitation — Jaskanwal Kaur Sohi, Government College for Women (1), Amandeep Kaur, Government College for Women and Shama Grover, Khalsa College for Women (2), and Jashanpreet Kaur, SDP College for Women (3); debate — Neha Saini, Government College for Women (1), Monika Sharma, Government College for Women (2) and Shilpi Gupta, SDP College for Women (3); and clay modelling — Richa Thapar, Government College for Women (1), Kamaldeep, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women (2), and Sheenam, Khalsa College for Women (3).

Collage making — Rekha Chadda, DD Jain College for Women (1), Rupali, Ramgarhia Girls College (2), and Aradhna Khalsa College for Women (3); and cartoon making — Manju Bala, Government College for Women (1), Nancy Ahuja from SDP College for Women (2), and Priyanka from SDP College for Women (3); and rangoli — Satinder Kaur, Ramgarhia Girls’ College (1), Poonam, Government College for Women (2), and Meenakshi, DD Jain College for Women (3).

Still life drawing — Varinder Pal Kaur, Government College for Women (1), Naina, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women (2), and Jaspreet, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women (3); landscape drawing — Jaspreet Kaur, Khalsa College for Women (1); Satwinder Kaur, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women (2), and Gurasis Kaur, Government College for Women (3); poster making — Amandeep Kaur, Khalsa College for Women (1), Surpreet Kaur, Government College for Women (2), and Preeti Devgan, Government College for Women (3); and drawing from life — Prabhjot, Government College for Women (1), Shelly, DD Jain College for Women (2), and Jaspreet Kaur, Ramgarhia Girls’ College (3).



Divali mela at SDP college

SDP educational institutions, under the guidance of Mr Balraj Bhasin, president of the SDP Sabha, organised a Divali mela on the premises of the SDP College for Women here today.

The celebrations will continue for two days. The Deputy Mayor, Ms Sushil Gupta, was the chief guest of the inaugural function.

Students of SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazoori Road, SDP Model School, Qila Mohalla, and SDP Senior Secondary School, Basti Jodhewal participated in the function.

The Principals of these school, Mr Sukhdev Raj Davesar, Mr Jasbir Singh Chauhan and Mr Om Prakash welcomed the guests.

Mr Balraj Bhasin highlighted the importance of Divali.

Lucky draws were also taken out on the occasion. A cultural programme was also presented. The function started with Saraswati Vandana. Solo dances, group dances and mono-acting items were presented on the occasion.

The stage was anchored by Navneet Kaur, Indu and Tina.

Best students and teachers were honoured on this occasion. Ms Sushil Verma, Principal, SDP College, thanked the guest.



Need for use of Hindi stressed

“People should not only love their mother tongue but also pay due regards to the national language, which binds our diverse country into a single cord,” said Minister of State for Jails, Housing and Urban Development Malkiat Singh Birmi.

He was addressing participants at a state-level Hindi Divas celebrations at the Government College for Women here today. The function had been organised by the Punjab Hindi Parishad in tandem with Punjab National Bank and New India Insurance Company.

Mr Birmi said India was a diverse country with different races, cultures and religions. Although no language could be forced upon the people, the need of the hour was to promote the language and correspond in it. “By doing so we would not only strengthen the nation but also affirm our love for the country”, he stressed.

The minister said in view of development in the field of science and technology there was an urgent need to learn English in addition to Hindi. English was one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and all latest books were printed in the language. He added that while learning Hindi reflected our love and respect for the nation, learning English opened up new vistas of employment abroad.

The minister also honoured 50 personalities for working towards promoting the language. They were presented with a shawl and a medal each. Certificates and medals were also given to 300 students for topping in various examinations in Hindi.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, MP, emphasised the need for promoting the use of the national language.

Mr Madan Lal Hasija, Director, Languages Department, said the centre had been spending Rs 1,000 crore to promote the language. He pointed out that the growth of the language was possible only if the regional languages were promoted. He said the state had been honouring eminent figures in the field of Hindi literature with an award of Rs 1 lakh.

Mr N.K. Arora, a former chief secretary and a member of the Human Rights Commission, said Hindi ranked third among the most widely spoken language after Chinese and English.

Mr Yashpal Bangia, president of the parishad, said he had taken up the issue of having a Hindi University and a Hindi Sahitya Academy in the state.

The Postgraduate Department of Hindi of the SDP College for Women and the Khalsa College for Women celebrated Hindi Divas at the respective colleges here on Saturday. At SDP College, the function began with a dance performance by Vibha and Ritambra on “Vande Matram”. Nancy, Poornima and Nidhi recited poems in Hindi on patriotic themes. Ms S. Verma, Principal, said the celebration of the divas infused a feeling of national unity and solidarity among countrymen. She awarded prizes among those students who had scored more than 80 per cent marks in Hindi. At the Khalsa College for Women poetry recitation and declamation competitions were organised. Dr Virinder Kaur Thind, Principal, said it was important to use the language as a medium of instruction.

Arya Samaj, Model Town, observed Hindi Day here on Sunday. A function was held in Model Town which was attended by a number of teachers who dweltt on the utility of Hindi. Mr Vijay Syal, general secretary of the Arya Samaj, said that it was Hindi which united the people of India to rise against the British Empire and prompted them to join the freedom struggle. Meanwhile, a press note by the Arya Samaj said that it would hold a yoga and acupressure camp from September 18 to 28 in the satsang hall of the samaj in Model Town. The acharya would also treat patients of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, gout and stomach ailments from 9 am to 12 noon and from 3 pm to 5 pm.



Colleges await rollback orders

Ten organisations of students that had come under the umbrella of Students Union are elated at their ‘victory’. They feel it was due to the pressure exerted by them that government bowed down and withdrew the fee hike.

But no written information about the rollback has been received by colleges so far. Therefore, nobody seems to know how to deal with students who are coming to seek admission after July 22 when the decision to rollback fee hike was taken.

Many students had stayed back from taking admission as the tuition fee had been hiked from Rs 63 to Rs 350 per month.

Ms S. Verma, Principal of the SDP College for Women, says, "The fee hike has created a confusion in the minds of students. They feel what if the government enhances the fee next year If they take admission this year, will they be able to pay the fee next year, if government hikes it again Now that the students have exerted pressure, there has been a rollback in fees, but will it be for keeps”

College principals do not know whether the government will reschedule the admission dates and allow them to admit students without late fee. The second question haunting them is what will be the fate of poor students, who, had stood well in the merit list, but did not apply for admission earlier. Will they get a college of their choice, what if all seats have been filled in that college

Some of the principals of aided colleges say they are charging consolidated fee from students and giving them assurance that as soon as they receive a written communique about the rollback the fee will be adjusted.

Another point that is not clear is whether after the rollback, there will be a uniform fee structure in government colleges and aided colleges. Earlier, there was a lot of difference between the fee structure of these colleges.

Ms Harmeet Kaur, Principal of Ramgarhia Girls College, says they do not know whether the students who have taken admission in private academies will forgo the deposited fees and return to mainline colleges. She feels the government has rolled back the fee after a considerable delay.

According to her, Mr P.S. Singla, president of the Association of Principals of Non-Government Colleges, is going to raise the issue of admitting students without charging late fee at the Syndicate meeting to be held on July 26 .

Mr Pawandeep, spokesperson of the Punjab Students Federation wants the government to clarify whether the girls will continue to get free education as was the case earlier.

Mr V.P. Gaur, Principal of the Government College for Boys, says they have deposited the money in Treasury and now they will have to adjust fees of students. It will create administrative problems. Moreover, till they get things in black and white, confusion will continue.



Havan performed at SDP college

A havan was performed this morning at the SDP College for Women to invoke the blessings of God. The havan was attended by members of the management, staff and students.

The havan began with the chanting of Gayatri Mantra followed by other mantras. Ms S. Verma, Principal of the college, congratulated the toppers of the board and university examinations and urged the students to work with more devotion and dedication. Mr Balraj Bhasin, president, SDP Sabha and college management, sent his best wishes to both staff members and students.

The havan ended with an ‘aarti’ and prasad distribution.

Meanwhile, at the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, a function was organised to pay tributes to Master Tara Singh as his birthday falls today. A bhog of sehaj path was held to invoke the blessings of the Almighty at the beginning of the new academic session.

The Principal of the college, Ms Madanjit Kaur Sahota, and students sang some shabads. Their melodious rendering of the shabads charmed the audience. The Dhadhi jatha of the college sang ‘vaar’ of Hari Singh Nalwa.

The president of the college management Mr Swaran Singh welcomed Mr Kirpal Singh Badungar, President, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, who had specially come to attend the function. Addressing the students, Mr Badungar said Master Tara Singh was a diamond of the Sikh community. He paid glowing tributes to him. He said the education system should offer more vocational courses. He condemned the increasing drug addiction among students. He condemned people who undermined the importance of girls and committed the heinous crime of female foeticide. He asked the girls to relate to religion to gain inner strength. He gave the college a sum of Rs 5 lakh.

A senior Akali leader, Mr Surjan Singh Tekhedar, also paid homage to Master Tara Singh and offered his best wishes at the inaugural session of the college.

Mr Amarjit Chawla, member, Punjab Public Service Commission, said he had heard a Principal and students doing kirtan together for the first time. He said the youth were forgetting their traditions and values and suitable measures would have to be adopted to stop this trend.

Ms Sahota, Principal of the college, thanked Mr Badungar and other guests.



DCC (U) former chief remembered

Tributes were paid to Om Parkash Gupta, former president of the District Congress Committee, Urban, DCC (U) and three-time party legislator from Ludhiana (East) constituency, on his fourth death anniversary at a function organised at the Congress Bhavan here today.

The DCC (U) president, Mr Jagmohan Sharma, garlanded the portrait of the veteran party leader, describing him as a determined and committed politician, who worked for the welfare of neglected and weaker sections.

Prominent among others present at the function were Senior Deputy Mayor Prem Mittal, Deputy Mayor Sushil Gupta, Mr Balraj Bhasin, Mr Sushil Parashar, Mr Om Parkash Malhotra and Mr Parminder Mehta.

At another function held at the SDP College for Women, Congress workers and close associates of Gupta remembered him.

Among those who paid floral tributes to the Congress leader were Ms Usha Bhasin, Ms Sushil Gupta, Deputy Mayor S. Verma, Principal of the college Ved Parkash Gupta, Mr H.K. Chugh, Mr Lekh Raj Arora, Mr Mangal Sein Grover, Mr Parminder Mehta and Mr Baldev Raj. His widow Chander Kanta Gupta and his three sons were also present.


Inter class contests at SDP College

The Home Science Department of SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, organised an inter-class rangoli, flower arrangement, snacks and pudding contest at the Home Science Department of the college today.

Mr Vijayinder Gupta, vice-president and member management, SDP Senior Secondary School, was the chief guest. Mrs Paramjit Kaur, Head, Department of Home Science, welcomed the chief guest, Mrs S. Verma, Principal, and other members of management, Mr Rajinder Soi, Mr Dhari Shah Singla and Mr Mangal Grover, advocate.

As many as 24 students participated in the pudding competition, 21 in snacks, 18 in rangoli and nine in flower arrangement competitions. Following are the results — Pudding Competition: Ratika (II yr) first, Rajni (I yr) — second; and Rashi (III yr) third.

Snacks: Nidhi (BA III) — first; Rashi (BA III) — second and Neetu (BA III) — third.

Flower arrangement: Pooja (BA III) — first; Parveen (BA I) — second; and Aarti (BA I) — third.

Rangoli: Harpreet (BA II) — first; Sonia (BA I) — second; and Kavita (BA I) — third.

The chief guest gave away the prizes.



Shambu, Narinder adjudged best athletes

Shambu, a student of Class VIII and Narinder Singh, a student of Class XI were adjudged the best athletes in the u-17 and u-19 years categories, respectively, in the IIIrd annual athletics meet of the SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazoori road, and Om Parkash Gupta SDP Model Senior Secondary School, Quilla Mohalla, held at the SDP College for Women here today.

Around 350 students participated in the meet. Mr Bachhitter Singh, District Education Officer (Secondary), distributed the prizes. The students of two participating schools presented bhangra on the occasion. Mr Balraj Bhasin, Mr Ved Parkash Gupta, president and general secretary of the SDP management committee, respectively, Ms S. Verma, Principal, SDP College for Women, Mr Teja Singh, president, Punjab Aided Schools Union, and Mr Ranjit Singh, president of the local unit, were also present at the prize distribution function.

Results:- (u-19) — slow cycling race- 1 Mukesh Kumar, 2 Raj Kumar, 3 Honey; three-leg race- 1 Ankur and Sarbjeet, 2 Deepak and Balwinder, 3 Jyoti and Pawan; 100 m 1 Narinder Singh, 2 Mohan Singh, 3 Vikas; 400 m- 1 Narinder Singh, 2 Vinod, 3 Kamaldeep; 200 m- 1 Rajiv, 2 Narinder Singh, 3 Vijay Kumar; 800 m- 1 Manoj Kumar, 2 Rajiv, 3 Anil; shot put- 1 Amandeep, 2 Shiv Kumar, 3 Sunil; hammer throw- 1 Jatinder, 2 Sunil, 3 Anand; 1500 m- 1 Naresh, 2 Ram Laxman, 3 Ram Milap; long jump- 1 Mohan Singh, 2 Shiv Kumar.

(U-17) — slow cycling race- 1 Money, 2 Ashu, 3 Sunil Kumar; three-leg race- 1 Sandeep and Nihal, 2 Surinder and Harjeet, 3 Mohit and Raj Kumar; 100 m- 1 Rahul, 2 Rajeev, 3 Mani; 400 m- 1 Malkit Singh, 2 Rohit, 3 Vijay; 200 m- 1 Shambu, 2 Harjeet, 3 Rajeev.



Quiz on information technology

Quiz on information technology was organised by the SDP College for Women in the seminar hall of the college today. It was organised by the Department of Computer Sciences and Applications for students of B.Com, BCA and PGDCA.

The programme was sponsored by the State Bank of Patiala, Daresi Road. Mr Dharam Paul Sharma , Chief Manager, State Bank of Patiala, Daresi Road, was the chief guest.

Mr Harchand Singh Dhaliwal, Income Tax Officer was the guest of honour.

Mr S. Verma Principal, welcomed the chief guest, and guest of honour. The three teams XP, ME and NT were selected on the basis of the written test conducted by the bank. Ms Monika BCA II acted as quiz master.

Prizes were given by Mr Dharam Paul Sharma, ME team comprising Sonia-Shivani-Piya was declared the best. In the individual category in written test: Sumesh of BCA (III) 1, Kajli of BCA (III) 2 and Sonia of BCA (III) 3 received prizes.



City girl tops in BA exam

Harpreet Kaur, a student of the Government College for Women, has stood first among city students by securing 1904 marks out of 2400 in the BA final examination, conducted by Panjab University this year.

Meena from the Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women has stood second by obtaining 1862 marks. The third position has gone to Neeru from the SDP College for Women with 1856 marks, while Charanjeet of the same college has been declared fourth with 1846 marks.

Anu Verma from Government College is fifth with 1841 marks. The next three positions have gone to Rekha Bhanot from the SDP College for Women, Gurmeet from the Devki Devi Jain Memorial College for Women and Hema Sharma from the SDP College for Women, who have obtained 1827, 1815 and 1813 marks, respectively.

Among the students from the Khalsa College for Women, Payal Gupta stands first with 1783 marks, Rupali Dhawan is second with 1768 marks and Shelly is third with 1745 marks. In Ramgarhia Girls College, the first position has gone to Vijyeta Dhanda with 1775 marks, Amandeep is second with 1656 marks and Naveeta third with 1623 marks.

Top position holders from other colleges include Gagandeep from the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Model Town, Harmeet from the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women , Geetu from the Arya College for Women, Ashwinder Kaur from Guru Nanak Girls College , Deepak Sehdev from SCD Government College , Surjeet Singh from GGN Khalsa College , Rajeev Kumar from the Arya College for Boys and Rajan from Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College.



New schedule for centralised admissions

In view of the non-declaration of the Class XII arts-stream results, the schedule for centralised admissions to the BCA, B.Com, M.Com and M.Sc (IT) courses to be held in the SDP College for Women here has been revised. The deadline for submitting applications for these courses was to expire today, but now, it has been extended to July 13.

Ms S. Verma, Principal of the college and coordinator of the admissions, said the merit list would be put up on the college notice board on July 16 and objections entertained in afternoon, following which, the revised list would be put up in evening.

She said the counselling session for the M.Com-course candidates of general and reserved categories would be on July 17. In the afternoon session on the same day, all M.Sc (IT) candidates would have their counselling. General-category candidates of the BCA course would have it on July 18 and 19, while students of the reserved category would have it on July 20. The unfilled reserved-category seats would be declared open in the afternoon session on the same day.

The counselling sessions of general-category candidates for the B.Com course would be held on July 21, 22 and 23. The reserved-category candidates would have their counselling session on July 24. The unfilled reserved-category seats would be declared open in the afternoon session on the same day. If needed, counselling to fill the unreserved seats would continue the next day.



Colleges scrap BBA course

With few students opting to join the BBA course, several colleges affiliated to Panjab University have decided to discontinue admission to the course from this year.

Principals of various colleges here said only five or so students had opted to join the course for which there were 40 seats. The course was no longer cost effective for any college, so, there would be no admission to it from this year.

Students say that the course does not give them an edge over students of the other streams. It leaves students with limited job and higher-education opportunities. After the course is over, students can only aspire to join various MBA courses after clearing as many entrance tests, where they find themselves not as good as other aspirants.

The colleges here that have stopped admission to the BBA course include Ramgarhia Girls College, Arya College and the SDP College for Women. While, last year, Ramgarhia Girls College gave admission to six students, they were, later, shifted to the Khalsa College for Women. Ms Harmit Kaur, Principal of the college, is away, but her staff said no query for the course had been received, so far.

In view of such poor response to the course, Arya College and the SDP College for Women have also decided to scrap it. This has left just two colleges — Khalsa College for Women and Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College — offering the course this year.

Ms S. Verma, Principal of the SDP College for Women, said students found no advantage in joining an MBA course after graduating in the same discipline. They received no preference or weightage over other graduates. Commerce graduates, on the other hand, could, take up M.Com or the other courses.

Mr Tarsem Bahia, Principal of AS College at Khanna and a PU Senator, said not only local colleges but also those at Moga and Ferozepore had scrapped the course. He said students, probably, found the course not much different from the B.Com course. It was difficult for the BBA graduates to even join a B.Ed course, as they did not study two school subjects in the course.

Mr Bahia said most colleges had found it easy to scrap the course as most of these had no permanent faculty. “Most teachers of the course were teaching the other courses as well, so, they could easily be adjusted,” he said.



Centralised admissions at SDP College

All city colleges affiliated with the Panjab University will conduct centralised admissions to BCA, BCom, MCom and MSc (IT) courses at the SDP College for Women this year.

While the college authorities had earlier decided to hold admissions to the courses between July 2 and 10, there are chances that the schedule may be postponed due to delay in declaration of result of Class XI (humanities group) examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board. The exact schedule would be prepared at a meeting of the coordinators of admission, comprising principals and senior staff members from participating colleges, to be held at the SDP College for Women on June 24.

For MSc (IT), there would be four participating colleges — Ramgarhia Girls’ College, Khalsa College for Women, Arya College and Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College. Five colleges, which include SCD Government College, Khalsa College for Women, GGN Khalsa College, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women and Kamla Lohtia SD College, would conducting admission to MCom course. Similarly, 12 colleges would carry admission to BCom and six colleges to BCA courses. All colleges falling outside the city, including those at Doraha, Dakha, Gurusar Sadhar, Sidhwan Khurd, Khanna and Jagraon, would conduct independent admissions

While last year, admission to BBA was also conducted in a centralised manner, this year the colleges have been told to hold independent admissions as there are not many takers for it. With the number of aspirants for the course dwindling down each year, the colleges also seem to be losing interest in carrying out admission to the course. Six students had got admitted to Ramgarhia Girls’ College in BBA against the provision of 30 seats last year. The authorities later found it financially not viable and the students were shifted to the Khalsa College for Women. For similar reasons, Arya College had also scrapped the course last year. The course, however, would now be confined to SDP College, Khalsa College for Women and Kamla Lohtia SD College.

It may be recalled that the process of centralised admissions was resumed last year after a gap of six years and admissions were held through this process to BBA, BCA and BCom courses in the Khalsa College for Women. But this year, postgraduate courses of MCom and MSc (IT) have been introduced for the first time and BBA admissions have been made independent.

However, the recent decision of the Punjab Government to hand over all technical courses to Punjab Technical University is likely to cast a shadow on the process of admission to BCA and MSc (IT) courses in PU colleges.



Order on tuitions evokes mixed response

The recent notification issued by the State Education Department prohibiting teachers of government-aided colleges from taking private tuitions and holding principals and managements responsible for its violation has evoked a mixed response in the colleges here.

While the principals and managements have maintained that such a notification was the need of the hour, they are not happy over the rule which states that the grant-in-aid to colleges would be stopped if any teacher of the college is found taking private tuitions. The principals and members of management have said it was not possible for them to conduct surprise checks on the premises of the teachers who may also be taking tuitions at some other hired place.

Ms S. Verma, Principal, SDP College for Women, said the disciplinary action against the college administration specified in the circular was too harsh. She said instead of disqualifying the entire staff from availing salary grant, the Education Department should simply stop the grant-in-aid for the erring teacher.

Ms Verma said since not all colleges were getting UGC grant for holding remedial classes for weak students, the department should, therefore, stipulate a provision for conducting one hour private tuition to college teachers for weak students after taking permission from the head of the college or members of the management. Or else, such classes be allowed before or after college hours at nominal charges, she said.

Mr Gurbir Singh Sarna, general secretary of the Non-government Colleges Management Federation also aired similar views and said managements were responsible for running their colleges smoothly but they should not be asked to act like detective agents for the Education Department. He said if the department was adamant with the notification, it should also authorise the college management to take action against the teachers indulging in taking private tuitions.

Ms Madanjit Kaur Sahota, Principal, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, said she was happy with the decision taken by the department. She, however, said the ad hoc staff should be exempted from the notification as they serve in the college for seven to eight months and were relieved by February or March end. She said she had already taken signatures from the entire staff on the notification and would send the certificate of assurance to the Education Department soon and added that even though it would not be possible for her to make surprise checks, she could verify any complaint from the teachers and college students in this regard.

Commenting on the situation, Prof K.B.S. Sodhi, president, Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union, said frequency of conducting UGC-funded remedial classes in colleges should be increased. He said weak students in colleges should be screened from the beginning of the session and told to attend such remedial classes for special attention. He also said ad hoc staff or teachers under uncovered posts be allowed to take private tuitions to make both ends meet.



Music, masti mark farewell parties

Farewell functions were held today for the final year students of the SDP College for Women and the Khalsa College for Women.

The farewell party at the SDP College for Women, was organised for the outgoing batch of BA and BCom. The programme began with a solo dance performance by Babita on the Hindi number ‘Aayeeye aa jayeeye’. Seema from BA II danced on the song ‘Main nachoon bin payal’ while Kamna from the same batch gave a solo performance on the song ‘Shava shava’

A group dance item was performed by Parvinder and her team on ‘Naag sambh lai’, followed by a group dance performance by Pooja and her troupe on Punjabi song ‘Ashke’. Amita from BA II presented dance on ‘Meri bhij gayee kurti laal’.

The final year students from BA and B.Com participated in a fashion show. Nearly 25 girls, most of them dressed in sarees, sashayed on the ramp. A question-answer round was also held for which five girls were screened.

Priyanka and Sheetal from the second year compered the show. Ms S. Verma, Principal, appreciated the efforts of the students and wished them good luck for their career.

Students of BA, B.Sc and B.Com were given farewell party at the Khalsa College for Women. Several dance and music items were organised by the second year students. Over 30 final year students dressed in sarees, lehngas and other designer wears participated in a fashion show in which Poonam bagged the Best Outfit title.



SDP college girls win debate

The district unit of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised an inter-college debate at Kamla Lohtia Sanatan Dharam College here today.

Teams from six colleges, including SCD Government College, Arya College for Boys, Arya College for Women, SDP College for Women, Government College for Women and the host college participated. The topic of the debate was ‘Is education being saffronised’. Each college was represented by two students — one speaking for the motion and the other against it.

Balwinder Kaur and Ruchi Sharma, both students of the SDP College for Women won the first prize. The team of Sumedha Bhandari and Kinneri from the Arya College for Women was declared second. Balwinder Kaur from SDP College also won the first prize in individual performance. Rajesh Sethi from SCD Government College received second prize in individual performance.

The district president, Sandeep Kapoor, secretary, Mohit Goyal, president of the host college, Rana Chand, and secretary of the host college, Nikhil Jain, organised the contest. The programme was presided over by the college principal, Mr B.D. Budhiraja. Mr Satya Prakash, former Mayor, was the chief guest. Prof Rajinder Bhandari, senator and syndic of Panjab University, was the guest of honour.



Orientation programme for teachers

To replenish the knowledge of its staff, the management of SDP College for Women organised an orientation programme here today.

Addressing the teachers, Brig N.K. Dhir, Director, Defence Institute of Quality Assurance, Bangalore, said it was important for the teachers to adapt themselves to the growing need to prepare students for facing fresh challenges.

Elaborating the need to bring about holistic development in students, Ms S. Verma, Principal of the host college, said teachers were responsible for physical fitness, mental growth, inculcating moral values and growth of ideas among their students. She emphasised that the teachers should develop their knowledge constantly or else education would become redundant. She said the institution was not just aimed at giving degrees to the students but to impart vocational training to make them self-reliant.

Mr R. Khurana, Principal, SDP Senior Secondary School, said heavy curriculum, lack of extra curricular activities, social obligations and lack of vocational and technical training were the major hindrances for improving the education system. He said teachers were responsible for shaping the character of students and bringing changes in society.

Ms Parkash Verma, a lecturer in the Department of English, spoke on ways to improve the standard of education. She said imparting education did not simply imply classroom teaching of the prescribed syllabi, but it also aimed at improving physical ability, character and personality of students. She said it was important for the teachers to make learning interesting by innovative means.



Colleges to have more vocational courses

Four city colleges are likely to have additional vocational courses for BA students from the coming session. The courses will be UGC-supported and conducted with minimal fee charges. The number of seats for the existing vocational courses conducted by the colleges is also expected to be increased this year.

This was decided at a meeting of college principals, lecturers, subject experts and educationists from the UGC. The meting was presided over by its joint secretary, Dr Gurbaksh Singh, at the UGC office in New Delhi. Four city colleges which participated in the meeting included GGN Khalsa College, the SDP College for Women, the Ramgarhia College for Women and the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town.

Each of the four colleges had applied for one additional vocational course other than those being already conducted by them. GGN Khalsa College had applied for vocation course in foreign trade practices and procedures, the Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women had sent application for functional English and both SDP College for Women and Ramgarhia College for Women had applied for vocational course in computer applications.

Giving this information, Mr L.S. Bedi, coordinator, Department of Vocational Studies, GGN Khalsa College, said that applications for new courses forwarded by all four colleges were accepted by the UGC experts.

He said the recommendations had been sent to the standing committee on vocational studies, UGC, for the final consent which would come out within a fortnight.

Giving details of the meeting, Mr Bedi said all four colleges submitted annual performance reports of the existing courses conducted by them to the UGC experts.

The reports gave complete details of number of students, classes conducted, on-the-job training and even job placements of the students. He further said that in their recommendations, the UGC experts had stated that the number of seats of the existing courses be increased from 30 to 40.

Mr Bedi said that he was getting a good response from the three existing vocational courses in advertising, sales management and sales promotion, all of which are UGC supported. Another course in computer applications being conducted by the college without UGC assistance was also getting good response. He said that personal contacts with city industrialists and help from career and counselling centre at the college was helping students in seeking employment.

Optimistic about getting recommendations for a new vocation course in computer applications, Ms S. Verma, Principal, SDP College for Women, said that the course would help the students acquire computer education at minimal charges in comparison to the rates in private centres of the city.

Ms Verma said that the existing vocational course in functional Hindi was beneficial to the students as they were being taken for training in various media, including Doordarshan, All India Radio and various newspapers. Several students were also taking training in banks and LIC offices and recently two girls of the college were recruited in the LIC office after they took on-the-job training from its local office, she said.



Youth festival concludes

In contrast to a feeble response received on first three days of the zonal youth festival at Khalsa College for Women, a thunderous response was received from the audience on the concluding day.

Principals and teachers from participating colleges had come to view the various dance items, including classical, folk dance and group dances. Students of the host college who used to generally move out of the college in the afternoon, were seen in the long queues, even blocking traffic, for getting inside their campus. A check was being made at the gate as the students from rest of the eight colleges, other than the participants, were not allowed to enter the gates because of space problem.

After getting first two prizes in debate and first in histrionics, even today the students of the host college got first prizes in classical dance and group dance items. This raised furore among students of several other contesting colleges who said that there was some parity in the judgement. Some contestants of debate competition held yesterday said that while it was their turn, the mikes failed to work, thus causing confusion to the participants from other colleges.

In today’s contests, students from five of the nine colleges participated in both the classical solo dance and group dance items. All participants of classical dance performed kathak, while in the group dance, some of them performed Rajasthani dance, while others performed Haryanvi dance.

The results of today’s items are : Classical dance — Sukhleen Minhas of Khalsa College for Women (1); Sheetal from SDP College (2); and Harpreet from Guru Nanak Khalsa for Women (3).

Group dance — Khalsa College for Women (1); SDP College for Women (2); and Government College for Women (3)

Individual performance in group dance — Surbhi Jain of Khalsa College for Women (1); Seema of SDP College (2); and Aanchal of Government College for Women (3).

The results of the items held in the evening session yesterday are : Play — Ramgarhia Girls College (1); Mata Ganga College for Women, Kotan, (2); and Khalsa College for Women (3).

Orchestra — Ramgarhia Girls College (1); Khalsa College for Women (2); Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women (3).

Individual prizes for orchestra — Divya Gupta of Ramgarhia Girls College for Jal tarang (1); Harjinder of Ramgarhia Girls College for Santoor (2).

Debate — Jaspreet Kaur of Khalsa College for Women (1); Jimmy Ghai of Khalsa College for Women (2); Shivani Jain of SDP College for Women (3).

Histrionics — Khalsa College for Women (1); Government College for Women (2); Ramgarhia Girls College (3).



Participants at music fest dwindle

The cultural festival at the local DAV College presents a heartening picture of students maintaining a link with the traditional music forms during changed times.

The three-day inter-college festival which opened today saw a decrease in the number of participants and teams. A total of 54 teams were sent the invitation letters. Apart from six to seven local colleges, only one team from Ludhiana turned up on the first day. There are reports of another team landing this evening from Amritsar.

Dr Nirmal Dutt, Dean College Cultural Affairs, said the crowd interest had gone down and one of the reasons for the poor turn-out could be non-arrangement of accommodation for the participants. He, however, was satisfied with the quality and spirit of participants.

Justice Surinder Singh inaugurated the function.

The first session witnessed a music (vocal) contest. Yashpaul , an expert on music from Panjab University, presided over the session. The second session in the afternoon was presided over by Hari Jigyasu, an eminent musician.

The main categories included non-percussion, Punjabi folk and Western Instrumental.

SDP College for Women, Ludhiana, won the shabad and bhajan contest. The local Dev Samaj College for Education, Sector 36, was adjudged second.

Teena Saini from the local MCM DAV College for Women and Meenakshi Sharma from Dev Samaj, Sector 36, were the winners in the geet contest. A special prize was awarded to Jatinder Singh from the local GGDSD College.

The winners of the ghazal contest were Hema Sharma from SDP College, Ludhiana, and Richa Sharma from MCM DAV. Tarandeep from MCM DAV and Rupinder Singh from the Government College for Men, Sector 11, were the winners in the folk song category.

Dev Samaj College of Education and DAV College, Sector 10, bagged the top two prizes in the group song (patriotic) category.

Varun from the host college playing the matka won the won the Punjabi folk instrument contest. The host DAV College won the western orchestra contest.

Smriti Maharishi from MCM DAV College playing the santoor won the non-percussion contest. The second prize went to Nitika from GCG, Sector 11. She also played the santoor.




NAAC report of SDP College

SECTION 1:: INTRODUCTION
The S.D.P. College for women, a grant-in-aid institution is an affiliated College of Punjab University, Chandigarh. The College was established in 1968 and granted recognition by the UGC in May 1988 under 2f and 12(B).

The College is run by Shri Sanatan Dharam Pracharak Sabha, which was founded in 1904 with a mission to serve the society by imparting education based on Indian traditions and cultural values. The College is committed to the empowerment and upliftment of women by Communicating that Education is the realization of Truth, welfare and Beauty.

The College is spread over an area of 7.45 acres of land in the heart of the Ludhiana city. It is a multi-faculty College catering to the faculty of Arts, Commerce and Computer Science. Presently, 1171 students are on the rolls of this College.

At present the College has total 57 teachers in which 18 permanent and 39 are temporary teachers. Out of 57 teachers only 6 teachers are holding Ph.D degree and 11 with M.Phill degree. The unit cost education per student is Rs. 10,200/-. The college offers 3 undergraduate programmes and one PG programme in Hindi, which was started in 1994. The number of administrative staff is 35 and five technical staff. The total Student strength in the college is 1171, out of which 73 are in vocational courses, 53 are in post graduate in Hindi and rest are in other courses.

The College has Central Library, Language Lab, Sports facilities, Hostel, Canteen, Common room, Vehicle Parking space, Grievance redressal Cell, Seminar Hall and auditorium, Audio-visual room.

S.D.P. College for women, Ludhiana volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore by submitting its self study report in 2004. NAAC constituted a Peer Team Consisting of Dr. M. D. Muthamma, former Director of Collegiate Education, Government of Karnataka as Chairperson; Dr. Chanchal Sharma, Former Principal of Govt. M. A. M. College Jammu and Prof. J. P. Pachauri, Professor and Head Deptt. of Sociology and Dean faculty of Arts H. N. B. Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal as its members. Mr. Ganesh Hegde, Asstt. Adviser, NAAC Bangalore Coordinated the visit.

The peer team carefully went through the Self Study report submitted by the College and visited the College on 10th Feb. to 12th Feb. 2005. The Peer team also had detailed interaction with the Principal, Managing Committee, faculty Members, Students, Parents, alumni and non-teaching staff members and elicited their views on the facilities and functioning of the college. In addition the team also examined all relevant records and paid visits to the different departments, laboratories, central library, play grounds, canteen, NSS, NCC rooms, physical education department. The peer team had gone carefully through the self-study report and evaluated the institution keeping in mind the Criterion identified by NAAC. The Peer team report is accordingly presented here under.

SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I:- Curricular Aspects
S.D.P. College for women, Ludhiana was established in 1968 as a single faculty arts college and later on it grown as multi-faculty post-graduate institution affiliated to Punjab University Chandigarh. The College offers 3 years B.A.; B.Com.; B.A. Hons. Programmes and two year Post Graduate Programme in Hindi. The College also offers B.C.A., P.G.D.C.A., Dress Designing and Garment making courses under the self-financing Scheme. Added attraction in the College is running of two vocational courses viz. functional Hindi and Computer Application. The College also runs certificate and diploma courses in Computer Application. The goals and objectives setforth are reflected in starting various Programmes for the student of this urban area. Undergraduate programme composed of 4 languages English, Hindi, Punjabi and Sanskrit Elective, Political Science, History, Economics, Mathematics, Music Instrumental, Music Vocal, Home Science, Fine Arts and Physical Education in Arts stream. Rest of the B. A. and B. Com. Courses are conventional courses. However now onwards, thrust area of the college is to introduce job oriented and vocational self financing courses like dress designing, garment making and other short term and long term computer courses. The faculty take pains to divide the curriculum in to teaching units which helps them to formulate teaching plans.

The Courses are designed by the Punjab University to which the College is affiliated. The College teachers does not have any say in the designing or improving the curriculum. The annual examinations are conducted by the University and degree and diplomas are awarded by it.

Feedback from different sections of the College Community may be obtained for further improvement of the institution. Research occupies a back seat; therefore Peer team suggests that the teachers be encouraged to be research oriented.

Criterion II: - Teaching Learning and Evaluation
The teaching & evaluation process in the college is governed by the rules & regulations of the Panjab University, Chandigarh to which it is affiliated. The College makes admission of the students on the basis of their past academic records and through interviews. Knowledge and skills of the students are assessed through departmental screening and holding class tests. The teachers pay extra attention to educationally weak students by holding free remedial classes. The advance learners are also motivated so that they can work ahead of the rest through different academic activities. However, no structured advance learning material is provided to the students in this context.

All departments conduct periodical tests & examinations. They also conduct quiz and question answer session. The performance of the student is communicated to the parents/guardians. Teaching is done mostly through lectures. The teachers are encouraged to follow the teaching plan prepared by each Dept. in the beginning of the academic year, ensuring that the syllabi are covered systematically in time. The teaching plan is scrutinized and reviewed by the Head’s of Department and the Principal.

The College has the freedom and resources to appoint temporary/adhoc teaching staff. There are 39 temporary teachers in the College. The self appraisal method is used to evaluate the performance of teachers. It is desirable to introduce the method of appraisal of teachers by students. The college may also think in terms of having academic associations with affiliated University and institution of repute.

Members of the faculty unitize the syllabi in three terms. Various departments discuss the academic planning throughout the year. The method of evaluation is made known to the students in the beginning through the College prospectus.

It is suggested that the lecture method may be supplemented by the use of Audio-visual aids for the sake of better communication by all the Departments. Teachers may be provided facilities to make power point presentations using LCD projectors. Faculty may be encouraged & supported to attend seminars, organize Workshop & to persue research in their respective subjects.

The College has 204 teaching days and 292 working days. There are 18 permanent teachers, 5 of the faculty members are Ph. D. 9 are M.Phil, while 4 are post graduate and two posts are vacant. Out of 39 temporary teachers one is Ph.D. 2 are M.Phil and 36 are post graduate. Out of 35 non-teaching staff 13 are female. Regular staff is teaching 40 percent of classes. The college has 15 rooms for departments and 32 class rooms.

The recruitment of the teachers is made by the managing committee through the interviews as per rules of the D.P.I. College and Punjab University Chandigarh.

In the last year four teachers of this College have attended national seminars and one of them attended International seminar. There is well defined system of appraisal of teachers. The College follows the self appraisal method whereby teachers evaluate their own performance on the strength of the actual work done by them. These are examined by the principal on the basis of their work and conduct, annual confidential reports and examination results.
Talent Search show is held on the commencement of the academic year to identify the talents of the students. Staff meetings are conducted to monitor the teaching schedule and these are held regularly.

Criterion III: - Research Consultancy and Extension
The College is not sensitized to the research climate. More over, the College teachers are not recognized by the university for supervising Ph.D. Programme even when some of them have a good qualification. It is creditable that one teacher of the College is possessing D.Litt Degree.

Few faculty members are providing consultancy services on the honorary basis. There is no ongoing project and no research funding has been received from external agencies. But some of the teachers have published some books in their respective subjects. It is desirable that the faculty may apply for some minor/ major research projects to UGC.

The College has a designated person for extension activities. The extension activities are organized with the help of N.S.S., N.C.C. by the College in the number of areas, like community development programme, Health and Hygiene Awareness, AIDS Awareness, Environmental Awareness, Population Education, National Integration camp. Physical Education department actively involved for training students in yoga and judo.

It is appreciable that the College is running two National Child labour welfare schools under the aegis of Punjab State Govt. since 2001 Special diet & a stipend of Rs.100/- P.M. is also given as an incentive & the same is remitted in his bank a/c & the mother is shown as guardian. The learners also given training to prepare envelops, kites, candles etc. The college also has Nursery teacher training (NTT) programme.

The Principal & 7 faculty of the college have doctorate degree, one lecturer has D.Lit & 2 others have registered for Ph.D programme. One lecturer is guiding M.Phil student. Extension activities of the college are conducted by few faculty members who are having additional charge. Three lecturers are in additional charge of N.S.S. activities. The college uses its NSS.; NCC; other units like Adult literacy unit to carry out a range of activities like community live, health & hygiene, adult education & continuing education, Aids Awareness, tree plantation, Social & environmental awareness. Annual NSS Camp of 10 day is conducted in the college annually. These extension activities of the college are properly documented. The tree planting programme undertaken by the college in the campus is commendable.

Criterion IV: - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The Campus area of the College is 7.45 acres on which 16816 Sq. yards has been constructed. The College has an administrative block, Central library, 32 lecture rooms, 7 laboratories, Girls common room, one hostel, Career guidance cell, one hobby class room, play grounds, Seminar room, two staff rooms, Principals residence, two tube well, two generator rooms and parking place for vehicle. Office of the Principal, Bursar and administrative wing are computerized. The College is also having four computer labs.

The infrastructure of the College is maintained by the teachers committee. The College has a master plan indicating the existing building and future requirements. The College ensures optimum utilization of its infrastructure facilities by running Child Labour schools and Nursery teacher training (NTT). To keep the campus beautiful and pollution free, various trees and flowering plants are planted. Health hygiene and sanitary conditions of the campus are satisfactory.

The College has a well maintained library managed by an advisory committee. There are 26904 books in the library. It subscribes 32 journal and 9 newspapers. The general condition of the library is satisfactory. It works for eight hours and thirty minutes per working day. Computerization of the library is in progress. Book bank facility is also available for poor and needy students. The number of students benefited in 2002-2003 is 165 with 453 books and 2003-2004 is 78 students with 406 books.

The College does not have a health center as such but they have first aid facility for the students and staff. The sports facilities in the College consist of softball, cricket, Handball, Badminton, Kho Kho and Basketball. The outstanding sports students are given scholarships, fee concessions trophies and College colour. It is commendable that 6 students have participated at the State level 5 at the National level and one at the International level in the year 2003-2004. The college is having a physical education subject and the involvement of teaching staff of the department is highly commendable. It may be noted here that more facilities may be provided to the sports students so that they can excel in their field.

There is optimum utilization of the building. The college premises is given for govt., & non-governmental agencies to conduct pulse polio camps & yoga classes, Child Labour school, public functions and examinations.

Criterion V: - Student Supports and Progression
The College is doing good service by providing higher education to the women of labour dominated urban area of Ludhiana city. The drop out rate at the B.A. level is very high that is 30.93% in comparison to B.Com. that is 13.11%. It is 9.3% at the B.C.A. level and only 6.25% at the post-graduate level.

The College publishes updated Prospectus every year. It contains details about courses, rules and regulations of the admission, the details of the fee structure, the College calendar, the availability of scholarships, information on various services available on the College campus. It is a quite comprehensive document and enlightens every students about the College life. The details of the financial aid and concessions available as per rule of the central Government, state Government and at the institution level are also mentioned in the prospectus. During the current session the no of students benefited with scholarship SC/ ST category are 31 with an total amount of Rs. 1,02,565/- .

The College has recently constituted an Alumni association and their activities are at the planning stage. The College Alumni Association needs to be registered. It is hoped that with the passage of time the Alumni Association will work efficiently and contribute materially to the growth of the College.
The College magazine UPASANA is published regularly. The creative talents of the students are brought out through the college Magazine. The College also organized educational tours for students which help to enhance their out look. For the all round personality development of the students the College organizes cultural programmes, dance-music and poetry recitation competitions regularly. Some of the old students have become national level artists in the field of music.

It is suggested that departments can have wall magazines, which helps the students to contribute relevant topic to share the same with other students.
At present the college does not have a formal mechanism of getting feed back from students for quality enhancement. The college has set up grievance cell with a lecturer incharge which aims at solving the problems & grievances of the students. The written complaints put up into the box kept for the purpose are dealt with in a systematic way. General counselling is done by the teaching staff in an informal way. This is also the case with career guidance counseling. Sports students need more support & encouragement in the form of fee concession, track suit, nutritious diet & hostel facilities at subsidized rate.

The college organizes functions such as Freshers day, Annual Day, Diwali Day, Repubic Day & Independence Day. The college needs to strengthen its subject Associations which can promote the hidden talents of students in various fields of Fine Arts, Literature, Culture, Textile Designing, Dress making and entrepreneurship. The language lab needs further improvement and could be used to train all students in communication skills.

Criterion VI: - Organization and Management
The College is run by Shri Sanatan Dharam Pracharak Sabha, which has its own Managing committee as per rules of the state Government. The College has an efficient monitoring mechanism which involves the Principal, the staff and the students. There are various committees to plan, work out and co-ordinate all the activities of the College. Bursar of the College is responsible for accounts of the College. It is commendable that the College got ISO certification on Feb 7, 2003 for overall functioning and administration of the College.

Although the College generally follows academic calendar framed by the university however, the College has a committee for proper implementation of the academic calendar. Recently one professional development programme has been conducted for non-teaching staff to improve their efficiency. Peer team feels that College should conduct professional development Programmes for teaching & non-teaching staff regularly.

The work efficiency of teaching & non-teaching staff is taken into consideration at the time of sanctioning annual increment. All purchases are made through a purchase committee as per the requirement of the College. The expenditure is entered under the various heads of account. The Management committee mobilizes resources as per the needs of the college.
The college may take initiative to have department wise budget allocation and proper utilization of the funds. The Peer Team feels that the college needs to take care of welfare of its employees by way of group insurance, mediclaim, Gratuity on superannuation in collaboration with LIC.

Criterion VII: - Healthy Practices
The faculty of the College is striving hard to impart higher education for which many healthy practices have been established.

*The College activities are monitored through different committees.

*The College through N.S.S. and N.C.C. tries to reach the community and undertake various programmes like health and hygiene, AIDS Awareness Adult literacy, environment awareness, Population education, female foeticides etc.

*The College magazine ‘UPASANA’ is published regularly. It gives a plat form to the students to exhibit their creative talents.

*College collects donations towards the relief of natural calamities. Recently they have donated Rs. 40,570/- towards tsunami relief activities.

*Students are encouraged to organize curricular and Co-curricular activities. These activities foster team spirit and leadership qualities among students.

*The College has got the ISO-9001-2000 certification for Quality Education Services.

*The College is running two Child Labour Schools under the auspices of National Child Labour Welfare Deptt., Govt. of India for the children belonging to economically weaker section of society.

*All festivals are celebrated in the College with great fun fare.

*A special award has been constituted to honour out standing teachers and non-teaching staff on Diwali Mela.
SECTION 3:- OVER ALL ANALYSIS
The peer team after scrutinizing the self study report, visits to departments and facilities and after interacting with various stake holders appreciates the efforts of the College to fulfill its mission and goals. It is a pleasure to note that the College is maintaining its liveliness and self confidence for continuous growth. The Peer team would like to make the following commendations and suggestions.

Commendations :
S.D.P. College for women Ludhiana was founded with a Philosophy to empower women through education and inculcate self Confidence and self reliance based on Sanatan Dharma Principles. The College has made efforts to train their hands along with their hearts and heads by teaching them various skills, so that they become economically and socially productive.

The students are regularly told about moral values. Havans, Prayers and interaction with religious leaders are a regular feature. The college has made consistent all round efforts to produce good results. Few teachers have published research articles and books.
Students actively participate in co-curricular activities and have won many prizes. They have won Ist, IInd and third prizes in the youth festival in the year 2002-2003 in the different activities.

Adequate physical facilities and infrastructure are made available despite various constraint faced by the college manangement. The college has very cordial and close relationship between the management, faculty, staff, student, parents and alumni.

N.C.C. cadets are participating regularly in the National Integration Camps 17 cadets are B certificate holders and 4are having C certificate.
12 students have represented in the various sports at the state, national and International level. One student represented India in Indoor cricket in Sri Lanka and has been selected to play for world Cup in New Zealand.
The College is running two schools for providing Education to the weaker section of the society.

Suggestions: -
The Peer team appreciates the efforts of the College to provide education to Girls and fostering their overall development. The College needs to consider the following suggestions for making education more relevant to modern India:

*Reprographic and internet facility may be provided in the library. Separate building should be constructed for vocational courses

The College should activate the recently established Alumni Association in the growth and development of the College.

*The college may set up an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) to help internal quality checks. This Cell may be made functional and active in order to ensure quality in all academic matters.

*A senior faculty member may be designated to be in-charge of research and consultancy programmes. The possibilities for external funding for research from agencies like UGC, ICSSR, ICHR, etc. may be brought to the attention of teachers. The teaching staff may be encouraged to pursue higher studies (M.Phil. and Ph.D.) in the respective fields.

*The drop out rate is very high in Arts and Commerce faculty therefore; it requires a careful analysis and follow-up action so as retain the students in the College and minimize wastage of human and financial resources.

*The selection of the member for annual award (teaching and non-teaching) has to be streamlined with total transparency.

*Health check up for students may be made compulsory at the entry level to all courses. Health insurance for student and staff may be introduced.

*Teaching methods be supplemented with more use of modern teaching aids and learner centered methods.

*Teachers are to be motivated to avail U.G.C. assistance for minor and major research Project/Seminars/grants/COSIP and COHSSIP.

*Employment Cell and Placement cell should be made more useful to the students. The College should develop a mechanism to get feedback and evaluation from the students

*The College needs to encourage teachers to attend National and International seminars/Conferences/Symposia in order to update their knowledge in their respective subjects.

*The College should start courses for the professional development of the teaching and Non-teaching staff.

*The College may think of introducing Science Subjects at Under-graduate level, post-graduate in other subjects (MSW) and more vocational courses.

*The College should have proper auditorium to accommodate all the students during celebrations and functions.

*The library needs to be strengthened in terms of furniture, books, journals, periodicals & other accessories.

*The Management may draw up future Plan of action for generating funds to help the college keep pace with modern trends in higher education. The hostel accommodation could be utilized to the maximum capacity.

*The faculty of the college may be given formal training in counselling. A study circle with all facilities to train students to appear for competitive examinations may be established.

*To make education relevant & practical, the college may contemplate establishing linkages with industries & other external agencies. This will help in student placement & provide an opportunity for on-the-job training of students to develop skills.

*More facilities could be provided for indoor and outdoor games with proper coaching.

The Peer team expresses its deep appreciation of the co-operation and warm hospitality offered by the Principal, President of the Managing Committee, teachers, students, non-teaching staff, representatives of parents and alumni during the visit. Further, it records its appreciation to the Coordinator of the Steering committee and others who have assisted us during the visit of the Peer Team.

Dr. M. D. Muthamma (Chairperson)

Dr. Chanchal Sharma (Member)

Prof. J. P. Pachauri (Member)

I have gone through the report and agree with it.

Mrs. S. Verma
Principal

Ludhiana

February 12, 2005



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