Saturday, November 13, 2010


There is a lot of activism for creating awareness for the protection of trees, environment and discouraging the social evil of female foeticide prevailing in the state and elsewhere, as a number of government and non governmental organizations are involved. This was stated by Dr Manjit Singh Kang, the Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, while delivering his remarks. He was the Chief Guest of an awareness programme jointly organized in the Pal Auditorium by the National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit of PAU, Inner Wheel Club of Ludhiana district and the Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, today. Dr Kang said that the prevailing evil of killing the unborn female foeteses in womb is a blot on our society. God has created no discrimination for male or female as the x and y chromosomes are in equal ratio, remarked Dr Kang adding that females are doing excellent jobs as are males. Refering to the work done by Dr Harshinder Kaur of Patiala, Dr Kang said that there should not be any bias. Speaking on enmvironment, Dr Kang said that PAU has developed several eco-friendly technologies for farmers and that it has projected environmental concerns through its slogans such as: Save water, Save Punjab, save environment, Save Punjab and Save environment, Save Humanity. It has initiated campaigns for water saving in the state. Dr Kang said that the University has created a \'Dr M.S. Swaminathan Tree Heritage Park\' on the campus where trees of native heritage value are planted by dignitaries visiting the campus. He said that the PAU is organizing an \'International Conference on Preparing Agriculture for Climate Change\' in February 2011 to discuss the impact of changing climate and global warming on agriculture and life. He advised students to work hard to make things happen and to educate people about environment and social well being. Dr Kang congratulated more that 300 NSS students of the constituent colleges of PAU who participated in the programme for carrying out benevolent activities under their motto: Not Me , But You. The programme laid a focus on save the girl child, environment and humanity. These three components were well knit, said Dr Kang.

A declamation contest was held on the occasion, in which the students participated. Ms Yashmit Kaur of College of Agriculture (CoA) spoke on the practice of female foeticide, Ms Prini Kaur Bawa (CoA) called female foeticide, the devil in society and highlighted cultural and social factors involved in the menace. Ms Ashavmeet Sidhu said that every baby girl must be given her due, Reciting Shiv Kumar Batalvi\'s verses, Ms Navjot Kaur ((CoA) expressed concern about the declining trees and deteriorating environment. Mr Naveen Bhandari (CoA) said that the test was originally designed to diagnose the gender related congenital disorders has been misused to kill female foeteses. Mr Dilpreet Singh (CoA) spoke on Importance of trees in environment. Ms Ashna of College of Home Science (CoHSc) said that for the sake of environment conservation, changes should start from self. Ms Nishita (CoHSc) discussed how the problem of female foeticide is deterimental to society. Ms Harmanjit Kaur of College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology ( CoAE&T) spoke of the need foe environment conservation for the welfare of all. Ms Palki Arora ( CoAE&T) called the practice of female foeticide, as murder within the womb. Mr Rahul Batta ( CoAE&T) related trees with environment and human welfare.

The panel of judges for the declamation included Dr (Mrs) Indu Sharma, Dr (Mrs) Archna Sharma and Mrs Poonam Bindra. The first position was bagged by Mr Naveen Bhandari, second by Ms Palki Arora while the third position had a tie between Mr Dilpreet Singh and Ms Harman Kaur. Dr Kang awarded them with prized. All the participants were given saplings of trees for their houses. The NSS students attending adventure camp at jaisalmer were awarded certificates.

Mrs Meera Bajwa spoke about the Nanhi Chhaan programme and shared the activities carried out under it. She gave a video presentation of the Nanhi Chhaan activity carried in August 2010 at Ajmer. Others who shared their views were Mr K.S.Bajwa, Director Impact Group, Mrs Poonam Bindra of Inner Wheel Club (Ludhiana), Dr PPS Lubana, Director Students Welfare. Others who were present included Dr Neelam Grewal, Dean College of Home Science, Dr SS Gosal, Dean College of Agriculture, Dr Gurkirpal Singh, Estate Officer-cum- Chief Engineer, Dr Jagtar Singh Dhiman, Additional Director Communication, the NSS Coordinators and Programme Officers of PAU Colleges, faculty members of PAU departments and students.

The dignitaries planted saplings of trees in the \'Dr M.S. Swaminathan Tree Heritage Park\'. The student volunteers of NSS were explained by Dr Dhiman about the significance Triveni ( simultaneously growing trees of neem, banyan and peepal at one place) and some rare trees such as \' Krishna\'s buttercup\' maintained on the PAU campus.

Earlier, Dr Lubana highlighted the genesis of NSS programmes in India. He mentioned that the programme which was started on september 24, 1969 in 37 universities is now operating in all states and central universities. The Programme Officer NSS at PAU, Dr ( Mrs) Damanjit Kaur said that all the 4 NSS units of three colleges participated in the program. She shared the achievements and activities of the NSS. The proceedings were conducted by Dr V.P.Sethi. Mrs Bindra proposed vote of thanks to the Chief Guest and all participants.
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