Deepa Sharma Sood, a senior correspondent in Ludhiana, reports on education and health.
Articles by Deepa Sharma Sood
Navodaya Vidyalayas offer free education to talented students from Classes 6 to 12; free boarding, school uniforms, text books and stationary are also provided
Students are being encouraged to learn by practically applying their theoretical concepts; such vocational laboratories have been set up at 23 government schools in the district
In absence of vaccination, most parents, especially those of pre-primary students, are still wary of in letting their wards attend school
Registration process begins: Vaccination mandatory to attend offline classes, say PU affiliated colleges
Several college authorities have stated it is mandatory for students who want to attend classes on campus to get jabbed and submit their Covid-19 vaccination certificate as proof of the same.
Parents of govt school students are apprehensive about the safety of their wards as Covid cases are still being reported
Banners at the gates not only welcomed the students back but also illustrated best practices such as use of hand sanitiser, wearing masks, and maintaining social distance on the school premises
Private schools are all set to open for physical classes from Monday, for the first time this academic session
Only 49 out of the total 2,098 Class 8 students from the district, who appeared for the Punjab State Talent Search Examination (PSTSE), were able to clear it
This year, the board had cancelled the Class-10 exams amid the rise in Covid cases across the country. The results were based on students’ performance in Classes 9 and 10 (unit tests and pre-boards).
Of eight toppers, five are girls; students of Sat Paul Mittal School and Sacred Heart Convent bag top positions; results on basis of Class 11, 12 unit tests, pre-boards
The finance departement is yet to release pending funds of ₹3.5 crore to the contractor, which is causing the delay
Punjab education secy says schools should have high-speed wi-fi to ensure easy sharing of academic content with students
Several schools have decided to reopen in two shifts, call students on alternate days and prepare a different schedule for students with odd and even roll numbers
The government primary and middle schools have received a grant of ₹10,000 for the purpose while high and senior secondary schools have got ₹15,000. In all, the district has received a grant of ₹1.12 crore from the Centre under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan for the purpose. The funds have been transferred to the accounts of the schools concerned.
The district education officer says that due to the increase in enrolment at most government schools, more rooms were required and as per the demand of the schools, grants were issued
Over 415 Class-10 students are already taking online coaching classes at district-level; response from them has been positive so far, officials said
Physical classes from next session: Ludhiana’s PU-affiliated colleges gather data on vaccination status of students
The DPI has directed colleges to ensure that the students and college staff (both teaching and non-teaching) get at least their first dose of vaccine before resuming classes
Out of around 90 letterboxes, the department has already refurbished 12 under the initiative and plans to revamp the rest this month
Sacks full of more than 2 lakh booklets, answer sheets are stored haphazardly in the verandah and near the stairs
The total power demand in Ludhiana central zone is 6,400 MW, of which 2,800MW is utilised by the industry; last year, the power consumption was 6,000 MW.
The Punjab department of technical education and industrial training has decided make the admission process for all 119 industrial training institutes (ITIs) in the state completely online keeping in mind the students’ safety amid the Covid-19 pandemic
As per the board’s depot authorities, it has received over 18.3 lakh textbooks out of a total of 19 lakh
Though the university had set May 25 as the last date for depositing the fee, the deadline was extended till June 1, without late fee, for the benefit of such students. A majority of the students, who have not paid their fee until now, said that there are financial constraints at home due to the pandemic
Students who qualify the second stage will be eligible to receive an annual scholarship of ₹15,000 for two years through Classes 11 and 12 and ₹2,000 per month as undergraduates
The inked stamp, which shows a yoga pose, was used on around 10,000 articles, including ordinary mail, registered post and speed post, at the postal department’s head office on Ferozepur Road to commemorate the International Day of Yoga
Asked what they have missed out on while home-bound due to the pandemic, students listed freshers’ and farewell parties, a chance to get ready for college after years in uniform, evening strolls on the college lawns, canteen food, student body elections, cultural events and the quiet of the reading room of the library
Last year, the ministry of home affairs had allowed swimming pools to reopen from October 15. But, they did not reopen in Ludhiana, as training for swimmers here is held between April 1 and mid-October, following which they are shut down ahead of the winters.
Over 24,992 students of Class 6, 23,505 of Class 7, 23,558 of Class 8, 22,671 of Class 9, and 22,628 of Class 10 will appear for the bi-monthly assessment tests
So far, 21% new students admitted to government primary schools in Ludhiana district of Punjab against target of 30% enrolment
Wholesale dealers at Chaura Bazaar, Akalgarh Market, and Gandhinagar Market of Ludhiana say they witness more footfall on Sunday than any other day of the week