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ISTE Seminar on technical education

Our Correspondent tribune Mews Service
Sunday, March 14, 2004, Chandigarh, India

Fatehgarh Sahib, March 13
The local chapter of the Indian Society Technical Education (ISTE) today organised a national seminar on “Reaching the Unreached ”, a challenge to technical education, at Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering (BBSBE) College, Fatehgarh Sahib. Teachers from Bhopal, Bikaner, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Chandigarh presented papers on the theme of global competitiveness, resource management and innovative education modes.

Addressing the seminar, Dr J.K. Sharma, Principal, GGSCMT, Kharar, said that globalisation had become an important perspective in today’s competitive market. He explained the impact of globalisation on technical education.

Prof P. Thareja from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, in his keynote address, emphasised the role of teachers in building a reputed technical institute.

BBSBE College, Principal Dr D.S. Hira said with ever increasing change in world technology, economics, politics and culture.

Talking about the theme of the seminar, he said technical education should reach the economical by deprived people. Prof J.S. Oberio, Prof A.P.S. Sethi, Prof Niraj Bala, Prof H.S. Nigha, Prof K.S. Panesar, Prof. Lakhvir Singh, Prof B.S. Brar also expressed their views.

50 pc voters seal fate of candidates
Polling peaceful in UT
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, Sept 5 [1999]— The fate of all 16 candidates was sealed in the electronic voting machines as nearly 50 per cent of 5.83 lakh electorate exercised their franchise for the lone Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat here today.
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Among the contestants from here are Senior Vice-President of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Mr Krishan Lal Sharma, the Congress candidate, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, besides Mr Mata Ram Dhiman (Bahujan Samaj Party), Col Harsharan Singh (Independent), Mr Manphool Singh (Samajwadi Party), Mr Ravi Parkash Kansal (Independent), Mrs Bimla Sapna (BSP-Ambedkar) and Mr Gurnam Singh Sidhu (Independent).

The polling started on a dull note in the morning as there were hardly any queues outside any polling station when the voting began at 7 a.m.

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1 EVM develops fault; replaced
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, Sept 5 — Contrary to popular perception that voting through electronic voting machines (EVMs) may prove to be cumbersome, the city voters’ tryst with EVMs went off well today, with one or two exceptions.

The voters, including in the villages and colonies, it seemed, did not have any difficulty in pressing the blue button to cast their votes.

The electronic voting machine (EVM) at a polling station (number 448) in Government Primary School, Indira Colony, developed a fault and had to be replaced. Polling had to be stopped at 9.40 a.m., the moment the fault came to the notice of the polling staff, for half an hour till another machine was installed.

The EVM apparently was not registering the correct number of votes polled. While 201 voting slips had been issued, the machine showed the number of votes polled as 182, a difference of 19 votes.

The ARO was informed and the machine replaced before polling re-started. The machine has been sealed and orders from the Election Commission in this context are awaited.

There was also a complaint from a colony resident that a member of the polling staff had cast his vote by pressing the button on the EVM on his behalf.

The member was replaced after the polling agents complained to the ARO in this context.

“It was much easier than stamping the ballot paper”, said an enthusiastic Ramesh Kumar of Attawa village.

Expressing the same sentiments, an illiterate, Ram Karan of Palsora Colony termed, the entire exercise “simple and less time-consuming.”

Sidelights
Prof P. Thareja and Prof P.B. Mahapatra of Punjab Engineering College (PEC) , who were master trainers for the EVM use, said that on the day of counting the AROs concerned only need to press a button that will tell the number of votes. The polled votes cannot be erased as it is on the memory of the respective machine.

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In what may be one of the most hilarious way of misguiding a voter a party worker was overheard telling a seemingly illiterate voter: ”Look once you go in, the big machine will be switched off. To switch it on you will have to press this button (pointing to the button against the symbol of his party on the cardboard cutout of the machine).” The party worker further advised him, ”Cast your vote only after you have switched on the machine.”

‘Emphasis on total education’
Tribune News Service

However, classroom teaching and learning is not at all wholesome education. Extra-curricular activities play an important role in developing the personality of a child. According to Mr Charles, various activities are organised in the school to give students opportunities to exhibit their talents. Students are not only given a free hand in preparing items for these cultural programmes, but also in selecting and conducting these. He is of the view that weightage should be given to students who take active part in these activities. He is appreciative of the recent CBSE guidelines to schools on Certificate of School-based Evaluation which broadly gives an assessment of these co-scholastic areas.

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“A good teacher is one who has a vision and sets an example for his students,” he says. He should not confine himself within the domains of a classroom but should strive to build relationships with them outside by investigating into their personal problems. The motivation provided by teachers is sure to put students on a path of progress. An ideal teacher has the strength of character and also helps in building the characters of students by instilling healthy and positive values in them. Such teachers should constantly try to mould his or her students into good human beings.

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Energy conservation stressed

By Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

BAROG (Solan), Oct 31 — A need for energy conservation, use of latest equipment and methods, employment of a strong research and development base to ensure cutting of costs and a clean environment through optimum use of fuel was stressed upon at a technical session ‘Fuelling Furnaces for Profitability’ organised by the Petroleum Conservation and Research Association and the Institute of Indian Foundrymen here today.

Mr V.K. Sharma, Director of DCM Engineering Division, said time was ripe to deliberate on conservation of energy as its wastage could lead to a national financial crisis, particularly when the Indian market was no more a protected zone for industry. “The situation is such that only those who can deliver quality goods at a minimum price can stay put. This is possible only if production cost and wastage, which are high in case of Indian industry, can be brought down by conserving energy,” he said.

He said we could not operate by adding costs, which had cast a shadow on exports, which were two per cent of world trade. “Our main problem is that quality is inferior and costs are unviable,” he said. He added that we did not have petroleum and had to import it at an annual bill of Rs 28,000 crore. He said the biggest financial loss to the nation was being done by high power transmission losses ranging from 26 to 35 per cent. He suggested that all people connected with the industry sit together to find a solution to energy loss and discuss measures to contain it.

Mr U.P. Singh, Deputy General Manager, PCRA, said his organisation believed in networking and was open to deal with anybody in energy conservation. India consumed less per capita energy due to a low standard of living, yet losses were high on account of lack of management and use of obsolete technology. Identifying leakages and wastage in different industries he said there was a great potential of conservation to the tune of 35 to 40 percent in our country in all sectors but that needed money and good house-keeping.

Mr P. Thareja of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, discussed anomalies in the firing process of furnaces and ways to reduce these to get more production capacity. He said the primary goal metallurgical, ceramic or heat intensive engineering units was to make money, despite their pretence of being environmental friendly and such an exercise implied that concern for competitiveness was relegated to the backseat. He said an industry which could sustain competitiveness in worst circumstances could do better as working environment improved. He underlined measures to reduce heat losses from furnaces.

Mr J. S. Pannu, an expert in energy conservation in electric motors, said most people did not know that about 50 per cent of input energy was lost in electric motors due to minor faults and 75 per cent of power consumption was in the industry sector. He advised against rewinding motors and suggested new energy efficient motors conforming to world standards.

Mr A.S. Bajwa, Manager of the SRO, Chandigarh, dwelt upon oil conservation in furnaces and said fuel cost was small and was a small part of manufacturing cost. Stressing on the need for cleanliness in manufacturing, he said if fuel was stored properly and fuel supplied to burners was inadequate and not clean, poor results were inevitable.

Mr Sanjay Kumar of the Indian Oil Corporation dwelt upon the role of lubricants in cutting costs and better efficiency of machines. He said high performance lubricants should be used to get better results and awareness regarding this should be created among users.

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