Chandigarh, September 20: The ‘Startup Punjab’ on Friday signed a MoU with IIT Ropar in line with its vision to foster entrepreneurship in Punjab. Both will jointly work towards facilitating young students in educational institutes and early-stage startups to crystallize ideas and grow their businesses.

The MoU was signed by Executive Director Startup Punjab Ashooneet Kaur and Coordinator IIT Ropar-Technology Business Incubator Foundation Dr Harpreet Singh.

Disclosing this here today a Spokesperson of the Invest Punjab, this collaboration would prove to be instrumental in offering incredible opportunities to the youth of Punjab, who exhibit entrepreneurial acumen by providing them the requisite support and access to an ecosystem which nurtures their growth. Startup Punjab and IIT Ropar will hold ideation workshops, acceleration programmes and hackathons to enable Startups to grow their ideas. IIT Ropar would also provide pre-incubation support such as product development, financial management and distribution/marketing strategies to startups selected through the Startup Punjab Yatra and other events, he added.

The Punjab Government through the ‘Startup Punjab’ cell is building an effective startup ecosystem in the State to bolster the entrepreneurial culture in the State. This initiative would also provide a platform to facilitate capability building via mentors to help the budding entrepreneurs to position their products in the market, enabling access to incubation centres and connecting them to investment agencies, he added.

The ‘Startup Punjab Hub’ is set to launch at STPI Mohali on September 30, which would offer an innovative ecosystem of incubation facilities, R&D labs and angel investor networks to facilitate entrepreneurs to scale their ventures. Furthermore, The Startup Punjab cell is also partnering with Chandigarh Angels Network to host the 3rd edition of CANNABLE, an event which will bring over 500 entrepreneurs and 40 investors on a common platform to give a boost to the entrepreneurs of Punjab, in the month of October, added spokesperson.


5th Mega Job Fair: 30000 jobs provided to the unemployed youth in the 1st phase : Balbir Singh Sidhu

Target of 2.10 lakh jobs would be met till September 30

2nd phase of Mega Job Fair would be commenced from 21st September, 74 job fairs be organized across the state

IT City Mohali would emerge as county's biggest job provider : Balbir Sidhu

Chandigarh, September 20-Under the flagship ‘Ghar-Ghar Rozgar’ scheme, The Punjab Government has been successful in providing jobs to more than 30000 unemployed youth of the state in the first phase of the 5th Mega Job Fair, which are being held across the state from September 9. In total 2.10 lakh jobs are to be provided in the 5th Mega Job Fair itself. It was disclosed by Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Health and Family Welfare Minister while inaugurating the Mega Job and Self Employment Fair at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran.

After the inaugural session Mr. Sidhu handed over job letters to 500 students. The packages offered to the students were ranging from Rs. 10 lakh to 30 lakh per annum. In his keynote address he said that the Punjab Government under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had kept its promise by providing Jobs to more than 9 lakh unemployed youth till date. Mr. Sidhu said that during the two days of this job fair being held at CGC Landran, SAS Nagar, more than 6000 Youth would get jobs offers.

Mr. Sidhu added that in the first phase of the 5th Job Fair 10,000 students had also registered themselves under self employment scheme and Punjab Government would facilitate them for getting loans to enter into entrepreneurship. He said that besides this 2500 students had registered themselves for skill development training. He said that Punjab Government would provide them the skill development training free of cost under skill development mission.

The Health Minister said that during the 2nd phase of this 5th Mega Job Fair starting from September 21, 2019, the Punjab Government would organize 74 more job fairs at different locations across the state. He said that till September 30,2019 the target of providing 2.10 jobs would be achieved.

The Minister said that that Jobs packages were provided to the students as per the educational qualification and skill. He said that the jobs even to the school dropouts were also being provided during these Job Fairs.

The Health minister further said that IT City Mohali would emerge as India's biggest job provider in the time to come as number of international companies were coming at IT City Mohali. He also said that many international level educational institutes such as universities were also coming up in IT City, Mohali.

Earlier Mr. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chairman of the CGC, Landran welcomed the Cabinet Minister by saying that with the support of Punjab Government they had earned a distinction at the international level and registered institute's name in the Limca Book of Records as 637 companies participated in their event and provided 6000 jobs to the students.

Prominent amongst other who were present in the occasion included Mr. Girish Dayalan, Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Rachpal Singh Dhaliwal, President, CGC Group, Mr. Jagdeep Saigal, SDM.



Chandigarh, September 20:The Punjab Government today extended the age limit of Specialist Doctors of service from 60 year to 65 year. Now, the Specialist Doctors would serve in the Health & Family Welfare Department of Punjab even after their retirement.

Disclosing this here today, the Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that to fulfil the paucity of Specialist Doctors in the Government Hospitals, the State Government was decided to extend the age limit of Specialist doctors to make them eligible to serve in the department. He said that Health is the foremost plank of Capt. Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government and no stone left unturned for the transformation of this key sector.

The Health Minister further said that Administrative Department may hire specialists such as Gynaecologists, Surgeons, Orthopadicians, Radiologists, Anaesthetists, etc as consultants against the vacant 384 posts till such time regular appointments are made against these posts. He said that initially each consultant may be appointed for a period of one year on contract basis which may be extended year to year of satisfactory performance of duties. The remuneration allowed to such consultants shall in no case be more than the last pay drawn minus pension.

He added that these consultants shall only be appointed for performing clinical duties and shall in no case be assigned any administrative duties. He also instructed the administrative department to maintain 100 percent transparency in the recruitment procedure as appointments of such consultants shall be carried out on merit basis and stations would also be allotted on merit basis

Mr. Balbir Singh said that the maximum age for appointment of consultant for a period of one year shall be 64 years and under no circumstances shall a consultant be retained upon attaining the age of 65 years of age. He said that the consultant shall not be allowed to carry out private practice during such time that they are on contract with the government. He also said that the engagement of the consultant shall be strictly on contractual basis and other terms and conditions shall be regulated as per the guidelines of the Finance Department issued from time to time in this regard and it will be strictly non-transferable.

“DHS may formulate objective criteria for selection and details of posts/Speciality with station may be mentioned at official website of health department”, he added.


dare majithia to show even a single development centric work done in Dera Baba Nanak during decade long SAD rule: Randhawa

Congress leader recounts record works done by Congress Government in Dera Baba Nanak

Those pasting pictures of Badal on ambulances of Union Government should be ashamed

Everybody knows blatant white lies mouthed by Sukhbir on construction of National Highways

Chandigarh, September 20:The senior Congress leader and Cabinet Minister S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has dared former minister Bikram Singh Majithia to list even a single development centric work done during the tenure of the SAD Government for the Dera Baba Nanak constituency. He said this in response to the comments made regarding the Dera Baba Nanak visit of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

In a communique issued from the party headquarters, S. Randhawa said that the cabinet meeting was scheduled for the Dera Baba Nanak with a view to make the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, memorable ones and to take stock of the beautification and development works being carried out in the city. There has been widespread happiness in the public over this initiative.

Taking the SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia to task, the Congress leader said that the SAD leader should list a single development work done at Dera Baba Nanak by the Akalis instead of politicizing the Prakash Purb celebrations.

S. Randhawa also said that on the other side, Captain Amarinder Singh has sanctioned Rs. 75.23 Crore for widening and strengthening of the roads at Dera Baba Nanak and Rs. 3.70 Crore for heritage and food street, heritage haveli. The State Government has even formed Dera Baba Nanak Development Authority for the overall development of of the town and the Chief Minister takes personal interest in the matter by chairing the meetings. The Congress Government brought Kalanaur under the tourism circuit and decided to set up a Degree college and sugarcane research center in the historic town.

S. Randhawa also said that Majithia should look at his party's wrongdoings before pointing finger at others. He further added that those pasting pictures of the then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the 108 ambulances run under the Union Government schemes should be ashamed of themselves. He also said that the people of the state were sick of the blatant white lies mouthed by Sukhbir Singh Badal who was hallucinating about having first class road infrastructure whereas everybody knew that the National Highways are constructed by the Union Government. The then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh gifted the Bathinda refinery to Punjab which the Badal father son duo tried to showcase as their own achievement.

Attacking further, S. Randhawa said that the people of the state have now totally rejected the akalis who are trying every trick up their sleeve to ensure their survival. The Sikh Qaum would never forgive so called panthic Akalis for abandoning the Sikh interests.

The Congress leader thanked the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for convening the cabinet meeting first at Sultanpur Lodhi and now Dera Baba Nanak thus showing his commitment towards the 550th Prakash Purb celebrations. Now, the next cabinet meeting would be held at Batala.