Chandigarh October 17, 2020

Webinar at UIFT, PU

University Institute of Fashion Technology & Vocational Development (UIFT&VD), Panjab University, Chandigarh, conducted a Webinar titled – From Lakmé Fashion Week to London Fashion Platform on Friday 16th, 2020. It was attended by 100 participants including faculty members, research scholars and students of Fashion Technology. Chairperson of UIFT&VD, Dr. Prabhdip Brar, gave an introductory note, welcoming the speaker, Mr. Armaan Randhawa from United Kingdom, a creative and visionary fashion designer and fashion stylist with 8 successful years of producing exceptional minimal clothing lines for fashion house, buying house and Lakme fashion week. He believes that, to be a successful designer one has to have his/her own signature style. Highly versatile with in-depth knowledge of current trends, strong budgeting and marketing, the speaker explained how the garment presentation being sent to qualify for a Fashion Week carries only 20% weightage while the rest 80% includes story board, mood board, colour palette, styling, photoshoot among others

The importance of books for research over social media platforms in creating an original artwork and creating a story was discussed. Also, the designer advised the curious fashion students that they should make commercial merchandise rather than avant-garde. Also, the styling done by the designer is minimal with less make up and not much accessories. This session would definitely help the young, budding fashion designers, fashion photographers, fashion stylists, fashion editors in the making, to apply for various fashion weeks and establish themselves in the fashion industry.

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Chandigarh October 17, 2020

PUAA organizes web lecture

Panjab University Alumni Association, in collaboration with Women in Science-WISe, under the stewardship of Prof. Deepti Gupta, Dean Alumni Relations, organized a web lecture on “Essence of being a Woman Scientist & Lessons Learnt" by Dr. Meenakshi Munshi, Scientist G, HeadHRD, DBT, Ministry of Science and Technology today.

Dr. Nishima Wangoo, Asst. Prof, UIET and a member of WISe, welcomed and introduced the speaker.

Dr. Meenakshi Munshi discussed the gender distribution in various levels of education. The ratio of males is higher in all levels except M.Phil, Post Graduate and Certificate courses. She discussed enrolment and gender ratio in science and discussed the reasons for low enrolment of women. According to UNESCO science report, women account for only 28 percent of researchers across the world. Next, she discussed that women participation can be increased by mentoring, promoting work life balance, suitable leadership programs, recognising their efforts etc. Then, Dr. Munshi explained the organization structure of the Ministry of Science and Technology and roles and responsibilities of Department of Biotechnology. She also highlighted the various opportunities that the woman scholars have in India.

Dr. Munshi shared with the audience her remarkable and inspiring career journey. She hails from Kashmir and faced many hurdles in her career but she stayed motivated and determined to reach where she is today. She remembered the role models she had in her journey and discussed the importance of mentors in life. Dr. Munshi encouraged the participants to come out of their comfort zone, take up every opportunity and seek inspiration from nature. She gave examples from her life, she had left a government job and stability to pursue her passion for research. Once when her research was not going very well she started writing articles for the newspaper. Later she wrote a book that was very successful. Such anecdotes made the lecture very inspiring. She said that even too, obstacles are a part of life and one should not be demotivated by them. She concluded by saying that one should stay strong, never give up and whatever the conditions, one must move on.

The participants thanked Dr. Munshi for the inspiring lecture and asked their questions. Dr. Munshi answered their questions and informed about the various opportunities available in research. The webinar ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Nishima Wangoo.

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Chandigarh October 17, 2020

Webinar on New Education Policy and AatmaNirbhar Bharat

A webinar was organized by Centre for Industry Institute Partnership Program (CIIPP) under the patronage of Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh on the topic New Education Policy and AatmaNirbhar Bharat. The speaker was Ms. Akshita Bahuguna who is an Edupreneur and Founder Director FutureIcons Group.

The aim of the webinar was to sensitize the participants about the objectives and goals of National Education Policy and how the vision of self-reliant Bharat can be realized under the umbrella of NEP.

In his opening address, Prof. Raj Kumar highlighted the importance of startups and innovation culture. He emphasized that students should think in terms of becoming job providers rather than becoming job seekers, only then the dream of AatmaNirbhar Bharat can be realized.

During her talk, Ms. Akshita Bahuguna highlighted that the New Education Policy support the viewpoint of AatmaNirbhar Bharat and it has the answer to all the doubts that we had previously. She said due to diversity in demography, geography, culture, mindset, psychology etc. India is a totally different country from the rest of the world. If we look into the past, India has got indigenous industry. Today, the medium and small scale industry has a lot of support and opportunity to grow and this is where the context of AatmaNirbhar Bharat also comes into picture. She also emphasized that entrepreneurship is not desirable but a MUST and encouraged students to become entrepreneurial by taking risks, starting small and then building big.

The webinar was hosted by Prof. Sanjeev Puri, Honorary Director, CIIPP and the webinar coordinator was Prof. Sarbjeet Singh, UIET.

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Chandigarh October 17, 2020

UIPS held webinar on “Overview of Clinical Research Industry & Tips and Tricks for Career Development”

The placement cell of the University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Panjab University, Chandigarh organized a Webinar on “Overview of Clinical Research Industry & Tips and Tricks for Career Development” by Dr Kapil Jhawar, Associate CPM Director, Renowned CRO, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, under the UIPS Expert Talk Series today.

Professor Indu Pal Kaur, Chairperson & Head Placement Cell UIPS, extended a warm welcome to everyone and introduced the Speaker.

Dr Jhawar elaborated the stages of Drug Development Process and components of Clinical phases after a brief outline of the drivers and benefits of outsourcing Clinical Research in India. He projected the scope of different departments of Clinical Research and gave an overview of skill set required for this discipline as well as presented a roadmap that can be adopted by the students for a career in Clinical esearch. Further, he apprised the young participants about key networking benefits of social pages especially linked in and pondered upon the different tips and tricks on using it for their career development.

Professor Kanwaljit Chopra, Former Dean and Chairperson UIPS, added that Post COVID Era is going to gear up the Clinical Research Profession in India, and sensitized the audience about its key elements : Integrity, transparency and moral ethics.

Around 220 participants joined the webinar and included students, researchers, UIPS faculty and distinguished guests.

Dr Jhawar has an experience of more than 14 years in leading global clinical research programs & drug development process across Asia, US & EU. He has been involved in budgeting of clinical trials, third party vendor management, managing logistics and in coordinating the different departments of clinical research. Presently he is managing the projects; from start-up to close-out in various phase II and III global clinical trials especially in the therapeutic indications like major neurological disorders , invasive fungal diseases, schizophrenia, , rheumatoid arthritis, cardiology and immunology.