Another step in the field of school education under the leadership of Vijay Inder Singla

English booster clubs likely to accelerate enrollment in government schools

Chandigarh, October 22-As part of the initial drive by Punjab Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla to bring qualitative improvement in school education, the education department has now started the process of opening English Booster Clubs (EBC), which are likely to accelerate further enrollment trend in government schools.

According to a spokesperson of the education department, as a result of the new initiatives taken by Mr. Singla in school education, the enrollment during the current academic session 2020-21 has increased by more than 15 per cent as compared to last year. This new initiative of the government is likely to increase the attraction towards government schools. According to the spokesperson, English is always a priority for parents when choosing a school for their children. Private schools have been preferred by the parents of the students especially in terms of English education and with the rise in the standard of English in government schools, people are now showing very much interest in government schools.

According to the spokesperson, The main objective of EBC is to improve the English communication skills of the students of class VI to XII in government schools. The project has been launched since October 12 and so far English booster clubs have been set up in about 7,000 schools. In the first phase, three students from each section or class will be taken and motivated to create curiosity about English. According to the spokesperson, this would enhance the English speaking ability of the students and increase their knowledge of English language in all aspects. In addition, students of government schools will be able to compete with the students of private schools with English medium.



  • Jain community delegation calls upon Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha for deliberation to mark the birth centenary of Acharya Shri Mahapragya

Chandigarh, October 22:The Jain community not only insisted on ahimsa but also laid stress on the greater service to humanity. Jain community has made a huge contribution in development of the country, besides enriching the Indian culture, described Rana KP Singh, Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha, while meeting with delegation of the Jain community here today.

Muni Sri Vinay Kumar ‘Alok’ and Muni Sri Abhay Kumar led delegation held threadbare deliberations to mark the birth centenary of Acharya Sri Mahapragya ji, the 10th head of the Jain Swetambar Terapanth. They also handed over a set of 121 books written by Acharya Sri Mahapragya to the speaker for Punjab Vidhan Sabha Library.

Welcoming the delegation, Rana KP Singh said that Sri Mahapragya ji was a great philosopher, spiritual guru, writer and ambassador of peace. Sri Mahapragya was an apostle of non-violence and harmony and he traversed across the country to spread the message of harmony and peace. Religious literature is an ideal source of wisdom and these books would guide the members of the legislative assembly to walk firmly on the right path for the welfare of the people, he added.

The delegation also felicitated the speaker with memorabilia. Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretary Ms. Shashi Lakhanpal Mishra and Secretary to Speaker Mr. Ram Lok were also present on the occasion.


Deadline for receiving applications for National Awards extended

Chandigarh, October 22-The last date for receiving applications for National Awards for the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education is extended tell October 31, 2020.

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the school education department said that earlier the last date for receipt of applications was October 15. This decision has been taken to facilitate those teachers who have missed out to send online applications, can apply for this award. These awards are being given to the teachers for using the information and communication technology (ICT) in Education. For the awards of years 2018 and 2019 teachers can apply online. According to the spokesperson, ICT awards are given to teachers for motivating them to use the ICT in education. These awards are given by the Government of India under the ICT@school scheme.



Chandigarh, October 22:Punjabi University, Patiala and Punjab Agro Chandigarh, in a joint collaboration, have developed a product, LimoPan, which is a bioengineered nutraceutical derived from kinnow peels. It is a poultry feed supplement with the ability to replace the use of anti-biotics in poultry feed.

Managing Director, Punjab Agro Manjit Singh Brar, who has led the entire process, commended the efforts of the University and Punjab Agro, and reiterated that this transfer will pave way for future industry-academia partnerships, which will strengthen the scientific acumen and business temperament in the region. Punjab Agro has funded the R&D and provided significant inputs in the application of this product.

Pointing out further, the spokesperson said that the unbridled use of antibiotics in poultry feed is one of the reasons that has been attributed to causing antibiotic resistance in humans, as humans become passive consumers through residues that remain in poultry. The product utilizes the antimicrobial potential of phytoconstituents present in the peels of kinnows and Punjab being the leading producer of kinnow processes the same into juice, thereby generating a large quantity of peel, said the spokesperson adding that this technology sets an example of sustainable utilization of horticulture waste by converting it into a value added product.

Dr. Minni Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Punjabi University, Patiala said that she and her team used nanotechnology to develop the formulation, which has taken 9 years of R&D. Meanwhile, Dr Manju Wadhwa’s team from GADVASU conducted application trials on poultry through contract research.

The safety of the product has been ascertained by National Toxicology Centre at NIPER. Only after which the technology was transferred to Juggernaut Hospitality Services, Pune.

Dr. Ashok Mallik, Coordinator, and Dr BS Sooch, Deputy Coordinator, IPR and Technology Transfer Cell, Punjabi University Patiala have been instrumental in the technology transfer process, along with the team at Punjab Agro Chandigarh.

Prof BS Ghuman, Vice Chancellor, congratulated the team for making such significant scientific contributions that would eventually help the society at large.


“Trans-fat free Diwali” campaign launched in Punjab: Principal Secretary Health

Chandigarh, October 22:

Principal Secretary Health, Mr. Hussan Lal and Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Mr. Kumar Rahul, here today launched a “Trans-fat free Diwali campaign” ahead of the festival season. Conceptualized and initiated by the Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh; the campaign aims to create awareness among the policy makers, producers, suppliers, and general public about the negative health impact of trans-fats. The large-scale awareness campaign is being supported by Strategic Institute for Public Health and Education Research (SIPHER) and Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI).

Lauding the campaign Mr. Hussan Lal appreciated the efforts of PGIMER, SIPHER, and GHAI for launching “Trans-fat free Diwali” campaign that would encourage Punjab to become a healthier state. As our state is having high prevalence of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar, efforts should be made to reduce the use of Trans fatty acids by creating awareness about its ill-effect on the health of the people.

Supporting the Trans fat free Diwali Campaign, Mr. Kumar Rahul urged all to have a healthy and safer Diwali by shunning trans-fats rich food. He added that Diwali being the key festival of India, it not only brings cheer and excitement among the people but also enhances the intake of trans-fats in the form of sweets, frozen desserts and fried food and thus increases risk of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.

Dr Sonu Goel, Professor, Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, PGI, Chandigarh elaborated that in India, between 60,000–75,000 deaths annually are attributed to trans-fat consumption. Punjab, with a high prevalence of heart disease and obesity, is at a greater risk due to high levels of Trans fatty Acids (TFA) consumption. Keeping the alarming figures in mind, we had multiple consultations with bureaucrats and technocrats to chalk out a plan to generate awareness about the impact of TFAs on our health. With this campaign, we will also be promoting the replacement of industrially-produced trans fats with healthier cooking media. He added that, PGI Chandigarh & Health Department, Punjab have approached different schools and colleges for slogan writing and taking pledge against the consumption of trans fats to create awareness on ill-effects of trans-fats among the youngsters and general public. The campaign will also run on the social media handles of PGI with the #TransfatfreeDiwali,; #TransfatfreePunjab and #HappyDiwaliHealthyDiwali. Different challenges and competitions will be posted daily on the social media to effectively interact with the audiences across the globe.

Millions of people are bound to die or suffer from heart diseases if industrially produced trans fats are not eliminated from foods globally. SIPHER and GHAI are privileged to provide technical support to PGI Chandigarh for generating awareness on this key issue,” said Dr Rakesh Gupta, President, SIPHER.