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July, 2008




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The Punjab government has constituted task force on working business process re-engineering and on languages and access to higher education for recommendations of National knowledge Commission, in both letter and spirit in the state.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that the recommendation made by these two working groups have already been accepted by the government and had been decided to convert these groups into task force to ensure the forceful implementation of the recommendation made by these working groups. Task force on business process re-engineering was headed by Mr. Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary Irrigation and Power with Mr. R.K. Verma Director Information Technology, Mr. Vikas Pratap Commissioner Municipal Corporation Ludhiana, Mr. Tejveer Singh Director Information & Public Relations and Mr. Krishan Kumar Special Secretary-cum-Director General School Education as its members.

Similarly another task force on languages and access to higher education was headed by Ms. Kusumjit Sidhu, Financial Commissioner Cooperation, Mr. K.B.S Sidhu Secretary School Education, Mrs. Anjali Bhawara Secretary Higher Education and Languages, Mr. Satish Chandra Secretary Department of Planning and Mrs. Jaspreet Talwar Special Secretary Finance as its members.

According to the spokesman these task forces would examine the recommendation of the national knowledge commission vis-à-vis the recommendation made by the working groups and would also expedite the speedy implementation of the recommendation in various departments. They would also send action taken report to the Secretary Coordination for consideration of steering committee, he added.



Chandigarh July 22, 2008

Mr. Tikshan Sud, Labour Minister Punjab today called for a sustainable system to educate and retrain the working class according to the fast changing technology in the industry and changing requirements of economy.

Speaking at the Golden Jublee celebrations of Central Board for Workers Education at NIPER, Mohali today on successful completion of 50 years of service to the industry, technical/non-technical workers, supervisors, managers of organized and unorganized sectors Mr. Sud said that it is imperative for the Board to chalk out industry specific technology up gradation programme to educate the working class and also become . instrumental educating them to develop harmonious relations and work for the development of the organization by way of increasing Productivity, Quality and ensuring Safety.

He said that it is praise worthy that the workers education has worked for the development of innovative skills among the workers/management people to compete the competitive scenario which has been mark of success for every organization. He added that in the present scenario its pace has become more speedy and for this the Workers Education has become more competitive by doing research work. This can be achieved by imparting training of world class level to make the organization more sharp to become leader in their own field by doing training in new areas according to the need of the organization at State & National level. He said that the Central Board for workers Education has got recognition for this noble cause. In the last 50 years the Central Board for Workers Education has worked in the field of trade unions. They give training to rank and file of workers so that there members become their own leaders.

Presiding over the programme Mr. Raminder Singh, Labour Commissioner appreciated the work being done by the Board in Organized and Rural/Unorganized Sectors in particular. He shown his happiness for the services rendered by the Board in expanding the Workers Education Scheme in the State of Punjab and congratulated CBWE on completion of 50 years of its Golden journey.

The program was also addressed by Dr. Subhash Sharma, Member Governing Body CBWE and President INTUC Punjab. He recognized the service rendered by the Board in the filed of Workers Education and hope that in the years to come the Board will come up with new and new variety of training programs for the workers of Rural and Unorganized Sectors.

Sh. Ranbir Singh, Director GNA Group and Sh. K.C. Sharma, President Malwa Cotton Spinning Mills, Barnala who were the Guests of Honour in the training programme also spoke high for the efforts being made by the Central Board for Workers Education for educating the workers of different sectors. Sh. Ranbir Singh, Director GNA Group thanked the officers and staff of CBWE for organizing and celebrating the Golden Jubilee Year 07-08 in such a grand way. He was very happy with the services rendered and training programmes conducted by the CBWE, Chandigarh in their organization, with the motivation of which the Productivity and Quality of products being manufactured by their units touched new heights. He hoped that in future too they will be receiving same co-operation and services from the CBWE.

Sh. Sodhi Mall, Joint Director of Factories and Sh. D.R. Prashar, Regional Director of Central Board for Workers Education spoke on "50 yeas journey of CBWE in increasing Productivity and Safety" and Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Reader University Business School, Chandigarh delivered talk on "Expanding Role of trade unions in present scenario".

The Golden Jubilee program, apart of different trade union leaders, Presidents, Vice Presidents, General Managers, Managers and Supervisors of different industries situated in the State of Punjab and U.T. Chandigarh, was attended by more than 300 participants.

The program was well appreciated. It may be added that the Central Board for Workers Education which was started with only one Regional Directorate at Indore about 50 years back now-a-days is having network of 50 Regional Directorates and five Zonal Offices situated all over India




The Punjab government is all set to launch olive cultivation over 300 hectares under a 'pilot project' to ensure better remunerative returns to the farmers on one hand and towards a dedicated push for diversification of agriculture on the other.

Reviewing the prospects of the olive plantation in a meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today explored all the possibilities of olive plantation in the state in a big way.

Punjab Agro – the nodal agency for this project had already held negotiations with Indolive Enterprises Limited, Israel to study the prospects of olive plantation in the state. Indolive along with a Private Indian Company had already entered into an agreement with Rajasthan Government for Olive Cultivation Project. The meeting was informed as per the preliminary information collected by Indolive had concluded that olive cultivation was definitely feasible and had a great economic viability in Punjab.

The Chief Minister asked the Punjab Agro to encourage the Punjabi farmers to adopt olive cultivation as the climatic conditions in the state were suitable for moderate to high yield olive cultivation which would result in 3 fold increase in their income as compared to Paddy-Wheat rotation. Presently, the olive oil prices are US$ 3.6 per kg. With the given price the income would be approximately over Rs.3 lac per hectare from 6th year onwards as the fruiting starts from 3rd year and average oil yield would be 600 kg, 1200 kg, 1600 kg and 2000 kg per hectare in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th year respectively. He said that the project on olive cultivation in Punjab would give benefits like water conservation, increased income, generate employment, foreign exchange earning, ecological balance and diversification in agriculture.

Financial Commissioner Development RS Sandhu informed that the Wheat and Rice combination in Punjab consumed at least 45,000 M3 of water per hectare. Olive will only need about 5,000 M3 per hectare, using drip irrigation, in order to give high yield and high quality crop thus it consumes 1/9th of water quantity as compared to wheat-paddy.

Managing Director Punjab Agro SK Sandhu said that the olive cultivation would be in Public Private Participation (PPP) mode in a transparent manner by inviting expression of interests globally and nationally. The Punjab Government, Foreign Company and an Indian partner would establish a private company in equal shares with one third each. The new company-Punjab Olive Company (POC) would set up three commercial pilot plantations in each "Rain Zone" of North, Central and South Punjab.

It was also informed in the meeting that investment in this project was expected to be around $2.5 millions (Rs.10 crore). Out of which 25% of the investment would be covered by subsidies from National Horticulture Board (NHB) and National Horticulture Mission (NHM), 45% by the Government of Punjab and 30% by the Private Investor. Foreign company's contribution would be in a form of technology supply and business management. Foreign collaborator would invest in the extraction plants and will guarantee to buy the fruits from the farmers for a price that would be calculated based on a formula linked to the price of the olive oil in Spanish market.

The meeting was attended by Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister KJS Cheema, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Gagandeep Singh Brar and Director Agriculture BS Sidhu.




In a unique gesture, the Punjab government today formulated a scheme to utilize the optimum potential of the inmates lodged in the various jails of the state to impart skill development training to them on one hand and to provide employment opportunities on the other.

A decision to this effect was taken by the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal during a meeting with the top functionaries of the departments of Jail, Technical Education, Industry and Employment Generation here this morning. The Chief Minister asked the senior officers of these departments to have detailed interaction with the representatives of the industry to ascertain the quantum of requisite job work to be undertaken by the inmates. Mr. Badal cited an example of hosiery and woolen products in Ludhiana where the services of inmates in local Borstan and Lady's jails could be utilized besides exploring the possibilities to impart training to them as per the requirements of the industry. He further asked the officers to offer regular counseling to the inmates in view of their aptitude to enable them to choose the vocational occupation of their choice. He said that the services of the experts from the colleges, universities especially from the Punjab Technical University and other institutions of repute could be availed of for exploring their capabilities and capacities.

Mr. Badal also asked the officers to develop facilities for the training of these inmates in jails in collaboration with the local industry. The Chief Minister also pointed out that even the state government could also install permanent machinery and infrastructure for the training of the inmates in consultation with state technical education department. Special training modules could be prepared by the technical education department for the benefits of the inmates. Mr. Badal said: "The underlying objective of this scheme is to bring inmates in the mainstream of the society thereby keeping them involved in the vocational activities".

Later Mr. Badal also reviewed the position of the agriculture farm measuring 178 acres in the Nabha jail to develop it into hi-tech seed farm for the production of foundation seed of wheat and paddy under the direct supervision and guidance of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) Ludhiana. The Chief Minister assured the jail administration that state government would provide all possible financial and technical support to make it one of the leading foundation seed farms in the state on the pattern of PAU. Mr. Badal also asked the state agriculture department and PAU authorities to depute its technical staff to impart know-how and other inputs to them for the production of high quality seeds.

Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting including Principal Secretary Technical Education Tejinder Kaur, Principal Secretary Home Dr.BC Gupta, ADGP Prisons Mohamad Izhar Alam, Principal Secretary Industries SS Channy, AIG Prisons Roop Kumar Arora, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister KJS Cheema, Mr.Gagandeep Singh Brar and Mr.AK Mahajan (both Additional Principal Secretaries to Chief Minister).


CHANDIGARH, July 22, 2008

The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational irrigation Programme for the Kharif Season through Canal water from 24 July to 31 July, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on priority basis from Bhatinda Branch, Bist Doab Canal, Sidhwan Branch, Patiala feeder and Abohar Branch respectively.

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

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

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

18,000 teachers required in Europe by 2015

Chandigarh , July 22, 2008

Aryans Group of Institutes (AGOI),Chandigarh and London School of Management Education (LSME), London organized a seminar on "Career for a Teacher in Europe" at ICSSR Hall, Punjab University, Chandigarh today. Prof. Pandit Palande, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nasik was the chief guest. A special team from London under the leadership of Dr. Ravi Kumar, which included Dr. David Day and Dr. Sarita Parhi addressed the seminar and also enlightened the participants about the exciting career opportunities for teachers in Europe. Mr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group of Institutes presided over the function. Prof. Palande inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp.

Dr. David Day, Head of Life Long Learning, said that UK Schools & Colleges desperately need teachers with modern skills to enrich the curriculum. There are estimated 15-20 % vacancies for teachers in London, said Day. According to Office of National Statistics', UK, at the present primary pupil teacher ratio, this will require an extra 18,000 primary school teachers by 2015.

Dr. Ravi Kumar, MD, LSME, said that the purpose of this seminar was to deliver a vision of life long learning that equips managers, tutors, teachers and trainers with modern & transformational standards. They further said that Lifelong Learning will be a next generation Teaching & Emerging Lifelong Learning Sector in the UK & Europe. Dr. Sarita Parhi, Director, LSME, said Aryans Group has taken a great step in enhancing the Global education in India by having tie-ups and collaborations with LSME.

Mr. Kataria, Chairman, AGOI, said that the objective of this seminar was to inform the participants about the Teacher Training Reforms in the Lifelong Learning sector. This collaboration is a global educational opportunity as Indian graduates & higher graduates will get a great opportunity to work as teachers or lecturers in the UK.

Dr. G. S. Sodhi, Director GND College of Education; Dr. Suresh Sharma, Chairman, Deptt. of Statistics, PU; Mehul Rejgor, Managing Partner, Karam Consultancy (Immigration & Students Consultancy) also participated in the event. The seminar was a resounding success as all participants welcomed the changes and expressed genuine interest in the program.



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Mr. Jasbir Singh Bir, IAS who was on deputation with Chandigarh Administration as M.D. CITCO has now transferred as Secretary to the Government of Punjab, Department of Personnel and in addition Secretary, General Administration vice Sh. S.S. Rajput IAS