Deepa Sharma Sood

Deepa Sharma Sood, a senior correspondent in Ludhiana, reports on education and health.

Articles by Deepa Sharma Sood

2,300 students to appear for Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya entrance in Ludhiana

Navodaya Vidyalayas offer free education to talented students from Classes 6 to 12; free boarding, school uniforms, text books and stationary are also provided
The district education department has arranged a meeting on Thursday, in which centre superintendents will be briefed about their duties by the principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Dhanansu. (HT Photo)
The district education department has arranged a meeting on Thursday, in which centre superintendents will be briefed about their duties by the principal of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Dhanansu. (HT Photo)
Published on Aug 05, 2021 12:44 AM IST
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Vocational labs paving road to jobs for govt schoolchildren in Ludhiana

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
Students attending class at the beauty and wellness lab at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road, Ludhiana. (Gurpreet SIngh/HT)
Students attending class at the beauty and wellness lab at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Cemetery Road, Ludhiana. (Gurpreet SIngh/HT)
Published on Aug 05, 2021 12:42 AM IST
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Ludhiana govt schools reopen to poor attendance

In absence of vaccination, most parents, especially those of pre-primary students, are still wary of in letting their wards attend school
Pre-primary students attending a class at Government Primary School in Gobind Nagar, Ludhiana, on Monday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Pre-primary students attending a class at Government Primary School in Gobind Nagar, Ludhiana, on Monday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Published on Aug 02, 2021 11:48 PM IST
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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.
The admission process for undergraduate and postgraduate classes will commence from August 10 and August 8, respectively. (Representative photo)
The admission process for undergraduate and postgraduate classes will commence from August 10 and August 8, respectively. (Representative photo)
Published on Aug 01, 2021 02:00 AM IST
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Ludhiana: Parents reluctant to send wards to school

Parents of govt school students are apprehensive about the safety of their wards as Covid cases are still being reported
The parents expressed their reluctance during the parent-teacher meetings organised by the government schools on Monday. (Representative photo)
The parents expressed their reluctance during the parent-teacher meetings organised by the government schools on Monday. (Representative photo)
Published on Jul 27, 2021 01:57 AM IST
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It’s back to school for 60% Class 10-12 students in Ludhiana

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
With around 75%students returning to school, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, called students in two shifts. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
With around 75%students returning to school, BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, called students in two shifts. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on Jul 27, 2021 01:56 AM IST
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Ludhiana schools to reopen today, with precautions

Private schools are all set to open for physical classes from Monday, for the first time this academic session
At several schools, students have been asked to come on alternate days to avoid crowding. (Representative photo)
At several schools, students have been asked to come on alternate days to avoid crowding. (Representative photo)
Published on Jul 26, 2021 01:25 AM IST
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49 Ludhiana students clear Punjab state talent search exam

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
In Ludhiana, girl students from rural areas have clinched the top three positions. (Representative photo)
In Ludhiana, girl students from rural areas have clinched the top three positions. (Representative photo)
Published on Jul 25, 2021 12:40 AM IST
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ICSE result: Three girls top examination in Ludhiana

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).
Arshjot Kaur, one of the three toppers, celebrating with her family in Ludhiana on Friday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Arshjot Kaur, one of the three toppers, celebrating with her family in Ludhiana on Friday. (Harsimar Pal Singh/HT)
Published on Jul 25, 2021 12:24 AM IST
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Ludhiana girls shine in ISC examinations

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
he results of ISC (Class 12) examinations were declared on Saturday. (HT File)
he results of ISC (Class 12) examinations were declared on Saturday. (HT File)
Published on Jul 25, 2021 12:24 AM IST
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Construction of govt college Ludhiana (east) building hits roadblock

The finance departement is yet to release pending funds of 3.5 crore to the contractor, which is causing the delay
The finishing of the Government College Ludhiana (east) building and white washing is pending. (Gurpreet SIngh/HT)
The finishing of the Government College Ludhiana (east) building and white washing is pending. (Gurpreet SIngh/HT)
Updated on Jul 23, 2021 11:48 PM IST
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Ludhiana govt schools to get high speed internet for online classes

Punjab education secy says schools should have high-speed wi-fi to ensure easy sharing of academic content with students
Schools get <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>395 per month as internet grant. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Schools get 395 per month as internet grant. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jul 23, 2021 12:55 AM IST
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Ludhiana schools gear up for return to in-person learning after four-month hiatus

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
As per protocol, only vaccinated staff are to be allowed in schools. Most schools have got their staff vaccinated over the last two months. (Representative Image/HT File)
As per protocol, only vaccinated staff are to be allowed in schools. Most schools have got their staff vaccinated over the last two months. (Representative Image/HT File)
Published on Jul 22, 2021 01:38 AM IST
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Learn while you play: Ludhiana’s govt schools to get educational parks

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.
These parks will have mathematical and scientific concepts illustrated through two and three-dimensional models. (HT FILE)
These parks will have mathematical and scientific concepts illustrated through two and three-dimensional models. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jul 19, 2021 12:26 AM IST
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13 govt schools in Ludhiana dist to get 65L for new classrooms

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
Classrooms of some government schools in Ludhiana have been declared unfit for use. (HT file)
Classrooms of some government schools in Ludhiana have been declared unfit for use. (HT file)
Updated on Jul 18, 2021 12:43 AM IST
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Ludhiana: Now, free NTSE coaching at block level as well

Over 415 Class-10 students are already taking online coaching classes at district-level; response from them has been positive so far, officials said
Students who qualify in both stages of the NTSE are eligible for an annual scholarship of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>15,000 ( <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,250 per month) for two years (Classes 11 to 12) and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,000 per month at the undergraduate level. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Students who qualify in both stages of the NTSE are eligible for an annual scholarship of 15,000 ( 1,250 per month) for two years (Classes 11 to 12) and 2,000 per month at the undergraduate level. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jul 17, 2021 12:41 AM IST
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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
Students must be vaccinated to be able to attend offline classes in the next session. (HT File)
Students must be vaccinated to be able to attend offline classes in the next session. (HT File)
Published on Jul 15, 2021 01:26 AM IST
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Ludhiana’s letterboxes get a facelift

Out of around 90 letterboxes, the department has already refurbished 12 under the initiative and plans to revamp the rest this month
The Ludhiana head post office letterbox was the first in the city to be revamped. (HT Photo)
The Ludhiana head post office letterbox was the first in the city to be revamped. (HT Photo)
Published on Jul 11, 2021 01:29 AM IST
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At PSEB depot in Ludhiana, old answer sheets take up all the space

Sacks full of more than 2 lakh booklets, answer sheets are stored haphazardly in the verandah and near the stairs
Booklets and answer sheets dumped at the entrance of Punjab School Education Board depot in Ludhiana on Tuesday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Booklets and answer sheets dumped at the entrance of Punjab School Education Board depot in Ludhiana on Tuesday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Jul 07, 2021 01:24 AM IST
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Two-day industrial shutdown: PSPCL unable to pull the plug on power cut

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.
After three transformers catering to Anand Nagar, Chander Nagar, Joshi Nagar, Pritam Nagar were damaged last night, residents had to manage without electricity for around 10 to 12 hours (Representative Image/HT File)
After three transformers catering to Anand Nagar, Chander Nagar, Joshi Nagar, Pritam Nagar were damaged last night, residents had to manage without electricity for around 10 to 12 hours (Representative Image/HT File)
Updated on Jul 02, 2021 11:57 PM IST
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Admission process for all 119 govt ITIs in Punjab goes fully online due to Covid-19

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
Admission process for all 119 govt ITIs in Punjab goes fully online due to Covid-19
Admission process for all 119 govt ITIs in Punjab goes fully online due to Covid-19
Published on Jul 01, 2021 01:45 AM IST
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90 days into new session, textbooks yet to reach students

As per the board’s depot authorities, it has received over 18.3 lakh textbooks out of a total of 19 lakh
Around 40,000 books are lying at the depot, they haven’t been sent to the block office due to an indefinite strike by the ministerial staff. (HT File)
Around 40,000 books are lying at the depot, they haven’t been sent to the block office due to an indefinite strike by the ministerial staff. (HT File)
Published on Jul 01, 2021 01:29 AM IST
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Ludhiana: Days before exam, students of PU-affiliated colleges dash to deposit fee

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 have not deposited the fee will not be allowed to appear in the exams, starting June 28. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Students who have not deposited the fee will not be allowed to appear in the exams, starting June 28. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 24, 2021 02:18 AM IST
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NTSE: 25, including 2 govt school students, clear stage 1 of scholarship exam in Ludhiana

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
A total of 194 students will appear for the second stage of the scholarship examination, of which 18 students are from government schools across Punjab. (Representative Image/HT File)
A total of 194 students will appear for the second stage of the scholarship examination, of which 18 students are from government schools across Punjab. (Representative Image/HT File)
Published on Jun 23, 2021 01:19 AM IST
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Yoga gets stamp of approval from Ludhiana’s postal department

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
For the last week, the Ludhiana postal department has been using a rubber stamp promoting yoga, which reads ‘Be with yoga, be at home’ on all articles booked for delivery. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
For the last week, the Ludhiana postal department has been using a rubber stamp promoting yoga, which reads ‘Be with yoga, be at home’ on all articles booked for delivery. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Published on Jun 22, 2021 01:07 AM IST
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Friends, canteen food, youth fests: Ludhiana’s college freshers say they have missed out on a lot

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
Colleges in Ludhiana have been shut since March last year. While final-year students were able to visit their colleges earlier this year to attend physical classes for two months and then for practicals, first-year undergraduate students have not been able to visit campus since their induction in August 2020. (Representative Photo/HT File)
Colleges in Ludhiana have been shut since March last year. While final-year students were able to visit their colleges earlier this year to attend physical classes for two months and then for practicals, first-year undergraduate students have not been able to visit campus since their induction in August 2020. (Representative Photo/HT File)
Published on Jun 21, 2021 01:13 AM IST
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Pools closed for a year: Swimmers in Ludhiana worried about toll on performance

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.
Swimmers in Ludhiana say that players of other sports are back on the ground, but they don’t have a place to practice. (HT File)
Swimmers in Ludhiana say that players of other sports are back on the ground, but they don’t have a place to practice. (HT File)
Published on Jun 18, 2021 12:59 AM IST
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1 lakh Ludhiana govt school students to appear in online evaluation tests from July 5

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
The council has directed the teachers to not send any daily assignments to the students on exam days. (HT File)
The council has directed the teachers to not send any daily assignments to the students on exam days. (HT File)
Published on Jun 15, 2021 01:05 AM IST
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Tap alumni achievements to boost enrolment: Punjab education secretary

So far, 21% new students admitted to government primary schools in Ludhiana district of Punjab against target of 30% enrolment
Students can be asked to share class-wise data and videos available on the Educare application with their friends, the letter said. (Representative Photo/HT )
Students can be asked to share class-wise data and videos available on the Educare application with their friends, the letter said. (Representative Photo/HT )
Published on Jun 14, 2021 02:25 AM IST
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Amid piling losses, wholesale dealers rue Sunday lockdown in Ludhiana

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
Proprietors of wholesale stores say it is not just local people who buy from them but a considerable chunk of the sales comes from people of other districts such as Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Mansa, and Moga. (HT Photo)
Proprietors of wholesale stores say it is not just local people who buy from them but a considerable chunk of the sales comes from people of other districts such as Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Mansa, and Moga. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 14, 2021 02:05 AM IST
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