BADAL ASKS MANAGEMENT OF PRIVATE MEDICAL
& DENTAL COLLEGES TO RESERVE 10-15% SEATS FOR POOR AND BRIGHT
S.A.S. Nagar (Mohali) SEPTEMBER 13, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon
the Medical and Dental Colleges in the private sector to reserve
10-15% seats for the economically poor but bright students on the
pattern of the recent decision taken by the Management of the Private
Engineering and Technical Institutions in the state.
While inaugurating National Workshop on 'Inter-Relationship of
State Dental Councils & Dental Council of India' here at auditorium
of Punjab School Education Board, Mr. Badal said that it was our
foremost duty to provide equal opportunities of education and learning
thereby bridging the disparity between the rich and poor. He asked
the Medical Education Minister Mr. Tikshan Sood who was also present
on the occasion to device ways and means to implement the proposal
with detailed deliberations with the management of the private medical
and dental colleges to enable the poor and capable students to avail
of this opportunity in the field of Medical Education.
The Chief Minister also urged the Dental Council of India (DCI)
to start short-term courses in dentistry and oral hygiene in collaboration
with Punjab Dental Council (PDC) in the state so that our youth
could be gainfully employed.
Referring to the significance of the workshop, Mr. Badal said that
Punjab was the first state in India to take a lead in launching
the continuing dental education programme.
He said Medical education was an ongoing process and such workshops
and conferences offered an ideal platform to the dentists and researchers
to brush up their knowledge because one had to keep pace with the
developments and advancements in the medical technology and education.
Speaking on the occasion Medical Education Minister Mr. Tikshan
Sood emphasized the need to have a separate directorate of dental
health services to ensure smooth functioning of the dental wing
of the health department. He said that the workshop was aimed at
improving the standards of dentistry at par with the dental education
being provided internationally. He pointed out the SAD-BJP Government
accorded the highest priority to the improvement of health services
for providing quality health services to the people of the State
and to achieve this target Medical Education was being revamped.
In his address President of the Dental Council of India Dr. Anil
Kohli said that the Council would soon make provision of Continuation
Dental Education Regulation(CDER) points mandatory as a pre-requisite
for being registered and licensed to pursue the profession of dentistry
in India. He said all the registered dental surgeons would now need
to accomplish 100 points in five years (20 points of CDE per year).
Out of these 20;4 CDE points per year would be mandatory and verifiable.
He also clarified that the BDS Course had been restructured and
would be of five years as earlier but now one year of internship
has been included in the course and the fee structure would also
be the same. He urged the Dentists to serve the people in the rural
areas who were being fleeced by the quacks.
On the occasion Dr. Kohli presented a cheque of Rs. 10 lacs to
towards Chief Minister's relief fund.
The Chief Minister also gave away Scholarships Certificates to
the meritorious Dental students from Punjab sponsored by Indian
Prominent among other who were present on the occasion included
Secretary DCI Major General (Retd.) Dr. P.N Awasthi, Director Health
Services Army Lt. Gen. Paramjit Singh, President Punjab Dental Council
Dr. Vimal.K. Sikri, Registrar Chandigarh Dental Council Dr. M.S.
Mann, Registrar Punjab Dental Council Dr. Rajesh Sharma, President
Indian Dental Association Dr. Deepak Kamdar and Secretary Indian
Dental Association Ashok Dhoble.
LICENSEE AARHTIYAS TO BE ALLOTTED SHOPS
IN NEW MANDIES
CHANDIGARH SEPTEMBER 13, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today asked the
Punjab Mandi Board to chalk out a plan for ensuring the allotment
of shops to all the Licensee Aarhtiyas in the newly constructed
Mandies in the state especially in Ghaga, Bhikhi, Khemkaran, Harike,
Kalanour, Mallawala, Khadoor Sahib,Khalra, Rampuraphool, Ladhoke,
Badhni Kalan and Mamdot Mandis.
Mr. Badal was presiding over a meeting with the representatives
of Federation of Aarhti Association, Punjab and the officers of
Food & Civil Supplies Department and Punjab Mandi Board.
Conceeding the demand of the association to give them due representation
in Punjab Mandi Board, Mr. Badal directed the Mandi Board to include
one additional repetitive of the association in the Board of Directors.
He also asked the Board to accept J and I-Forms being submitted
by the Aarhtias as per the past practice.
Referring to other demands put forth by the Federation, Mr. Badal
assured them that their all demands would be considered sympathetically.
On this occasion Mr. Ravinder Singh Cheema, President of the Association
thanked the Chief Minister on behalf of the Aarhtiyas for accepting
their demands on priority. He said that SAD-BJP government had scripted
a new chapter in the history of Punjab by issuing long-term licenses
to the Arhtiyas and creating a harmonious environment to promote
trade and agriculture in the state.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included
Food & Civil Supplies Minister Mr. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon,
Chairman Punjab Mandi Board Mr. Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, Chief Secretary
RI Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru, Principal
Secretary Food & Civil Supplies Mr. RPS Pawar, and Secretary
Mandi Board Deepinder Singh, besides over fifty representatives
of various District Aarhti Units.