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Minister assures to help NSI

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 00:54 IST

FORTY-SIXTH convocation of the National Sugar Institute (NSI) has opened new vistas of a bright future for the employees and the research scholars. The institute has received a bundle of assurances from the Union Minister of State for consumer affairs and public distribution system Dr Akhilesh Prasad Singh during his discussions with the institute authorities and the employees.

The minister who came to address the convocation on Friday had reportedly assured the authorities that the vacant posts of lecturers and professors would soon be filled at the institute. He said that a high-level committee was constituted to look into the problems of the NSI and to solve them. The meeting of the committee was scheduled for November 7 and he would raise the issue of allocating permanent faculty to the institute, he said.

He asked the Director of the institute to prepare research projects and assured that adequate funds would be made available to the institute for carrying out the projects.

He assured the institute staff that since other educational institutes had extended the retirement age there was no difficulty in raising the same at the NSI. He said he would take up the issue of extending the retirement age at the government level.

On the occasion, president of the NSI Employees Union Nawab Singh Yadav and secretary Akhilesh Kumar Pandey submitted a five-point demand charter to the minister and demanded that adequate funds be released for modernisation of the laboratories as the equipment at the laboratories had outlived their utility.

They also demanded placement of the dependents of the deceased employees to avoid their hardship. They also pleaded that several posts of class three and four employees lying vacant should be filled for satisfactory working of various departments. Besides the appointment rules should be amended and followed strictly, they said. Finally, they demanded that long-pending recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission be implemented without any further delay.

Confest-2006 begins

THE TWO-DAY festival, Confest-2006, began here at Seth Anand Ram Jaipuria School on Saturday. The festival aims at bringing together various schools to celebrate computing, creativity, IT and develop a spirit of healthy competition among them. About 15 schools from Kanpur and Lucknow have been taking part in the festival. According to Naman Dalmia, president of the Jaipuria Computer Club,” The most remarkable feature of the event is that it is conceived, organised and executed by the students.” He further said that his school had been organising the festival for the last six years.

The festival started with the lightening of lamps by chief guest Dr Sanjay Mittal, head of the Aerospace Engineering Department, IIT-K. There were 13 events took place on the inaugural day of the programme. Competitions like collage making, poster making, quiz and group discussions were held. Samajwadi Party leader Surendra Mohan Agarwal and Alok Agarwal would be present on the concluding day of the function.

Frankfinn student selected

FRANKFINN INSTITUTE of Airhostess Training is once again in celebration mode as one of their students, Aakriti Mehrotra, has been selected for Indigo Airlines.

According to the centre in-charge, Sharmeen, Aakriti along with other girls Sarika Bajpai, Neelam Verma and Saloni Agarwal have been selected as airhostess in the international as well as domestic airlines.