Saturday, October 31, 2020

Post Matric SC Scholarship scheme launched in Punjab

 CM formally launched it formally to mark the Valmiki Jayanti 

*Virtually Inaugurates Ram Tirath ITI also

*Lays foundation stone of Rs 50 Cr Projects at Tirath Sathal

*Gives Go-Ahead for Skill Development Centre for Dalit Students Students 

*Declares Annual Holiday On Valmiki Jayanti

Chandigarh: 31st October 2020: (Pushpinder Kaur Neelam//Punjab Screen)::

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday formally launched the recently announced Dr. BR Ambedkar Post Matric SC Scholarship scheme, and also virtually laid the foundation stone of Rs. 50 crore worth of projects at Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal (Ram Tirath), Amritsar, to mark the auspicious occasion of the Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti.

Participating in the Valmiki Jayanti celebrations here, the Chief Minister also virtually inaugurated a new Ram Tirath ITI, while give the go-ahead for the establishment of a Skill Development Centre to prepare Dalit students for competitive exams. In addition, he announced an annual holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act in remembrance of the great personality, and said that GNDU, Amritsar, will organise an Annual Seminar on Bhagwan Valmiki on the eve of his Birth Anniversary every year.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister distributed Post Matric SC Scholarship Certificates to SC students and congratulated the Valmiki Samaj for various schemes launched by the Technical Education and other Departments for the Dalit community in the state. His government was committed to the welfare of the community, he added.

The Chief Minister said the state scholarship scheme will ensure that poor SC students get free higher education, which the Government of India had unfairly deprived them of with its abrupt withdrawal of central aid of Rs. 800 crore to the state. The Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Post Matric SC Scholarship, being launched without any financial contribution from the Centre, will provide 100% fee waiver for SC students to give them net savings of about Rs. 550 crore, he said.

The scheme, which will benefit more than 3 lakh poor SC students every year, will involve no upfront payment by these students to government/private educational institutions. The institutes will provide free education to SC students under the scheme against direct subsidy from the state government, the Chief Minister announced, adding that the students will also get monthly stipend to buy books, uniforms etc.

Giving details of the Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal projects, the Chief Minister said these include a Panorama on Maharishi Valmiki (Rs. 25-30 crore), Facade Lights (Rs. 10.9 crore), Filtration Plant in the Sarovar (Rs. 4.75 crore), Furniture for the Sarai (Rs. 2 crore) and Construction of a Parikrama (Rs. 1.3 crore).

Virtually inaugurating the temporary campus of the ITI at Ram Tirath, Captain Amarinder said the institute will contribute to generating more jobs for youngsters. Around 90 trainees had so far been admitted to the institute, he announced, adding that the student strength will be raised to 240 by next year when the building will be renovated at a cost of Rs. 1.82 crore and machinery worth Rs. 3.5 crore will be procured. The number of courses will also be increased year from the current four to nine, he added.

Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said the institute will be developed as a state-of-the-art facility.

Earlier, MLA and Warehousing Corporation Chairman Raj Kumar Verka castigated the Centre for stopping the Post Matric SC scholarships and thanked the Chief Minister for starting a new state scheme to compensate the students for the loss. Verka presented a specially created short film on the Valmiki Samaj on the occasion.

Several leading representatives of the Valmiki Sant Samaj were present at the celebration.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Friendly Force

 Interacting with a child 

A soldier interacts with a child while meeting with villagers in northeastern Syria, Oct. 15, 2020. The soldiers are supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

                                                                                                 ----US Department of Defense

Friday, October 9, 2020

Free rapid testing for Covid-19 for GCG students

Friday: 9th October 2020 at 3:23 PM  

 Iron, Folic acid and Zinc tablets were also distributed    

Ludhiana: 10th October 2020: (Kartika Singh//Punjab Screen)::                     

A team of doctors from Punjab Health Department organized a camp, conducting free rapid testing for Covid-19 as a precautionary measure at Govt. College for Girls, Ludhiana. Dr. Seema Kaushal, Medical Officer UCHC, Jawaddi conducted Corona Awareness Drive to make people aware of the causes of infection so that the recovery rate gets better and mortality rate comes down. She gave valuable tips on nutritious and healthy diet. Moreover, to build a strong immunity against this virus Iron and Folic acid tablets and Zinc tablets were also distributed. The camp successfully accomplished under the able guidance of Officiating Principal Dr. Gurpreet Kaur and Dr. Sukhwinder Kaur, Incharge Student Council.