Chandigarh September 21, 2021

PU Enactus team Launches Cloth-based Sanitary Napkins

Enactus team, Dr. S. S. Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology (SSBUICET), Panjab University in collaboration wit Developing Indigenous Resources-India (DIR) and Versatile Group, Ludhiana launched reusable, cost-effective and eco-friendly cloth-based sanitary napkins under its Project Uday, at an event held today at Janata Colony, Nayagaon.

A team of more than 50 student members, dedicated towards a common goal of bringing “the best suitable business model” in order to shape a better society has come forward to raise concerns surrounding the challenges that affect the health and wellbeing of women and girls due to the lack of hygienic menstrual products. Upon in-depth research, the team found that menstrual hygiene practices were unsatisfactory among the rural women, often pushing them to the edge of being the most vulnerable to infections and health problems, averred Prof. Seema Kapoor, Faculty Advisor of Enactus team.

Thus, the team started working on reusable cloth-based sanitary napkins that could be an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to generic plastic based sanitary napkins available in the market.

The guest of honor for the event was Ms. Geetanjali Bakshi, Coordinator of CSR project Amodini of Versatile Group, who was instrumental in getting the sponsorship for 2 Usha automatic sewing machines and accessories worth Rs.55000/ for the community. Also the special fabric for sanitary napkins is being sponsored by Versatile group under its CSR project.

The event saw participation from underprivileged ladies working under project Uday, Enactus students and DIR staff.

In the presence of dignitaries, Ms. Bakshi distributed Sanitary Napkin kits, each comprising of 4 napkins in 1 potli to over 30 ladies of the slums of Janta Colony, ensuring accessibility of safe and quality assured menstrual products. If compared with the standard cloth based sanitary napkins available in the global market, the product is approximately 70-80% cheaper than the ones conventionally available and is tested upon various paramete by NABL accredited labs.

Dr. Asha Katoch, CEO of DIR, a non-profit charitable trust has been working relentlessly for the upliftment of slum dwellers for the past 17 years, with the objectives of promoting health, providing education and facilitating income generation in the slum community. She has been at the front in keeping up with the cause of building awareness among the rural population on menstruation. In addition to this, Dr. Asha has extended her trust and support through the provision of skill development and training for the community of ladies.

Prof. Kapoor highlighted how pandemic has made things worse with restricted availability of hygienic sanitary products, increased poverty and disruption of essential services. She advocated for building community awareness and supporting female hygiene. Ms. Bakshi emphasized the importance of getting over the period stereotypes and ensure easy access to related supplies.

Accentuating the need of promoting reusable sanitary napkins, Akshit Kalra, President of Enactus team, Meesha, Vice president of Enactus team and other team members namely Yash, Nandini, Dea, Ravnoor, Sanya, Leeza and Abhinav participated and vocalized the cause of adopting menstrual hygiene practices.

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Chandigarh September 21, 2021

Dr. Ali Abbas on review panel of “Pakistan Journal of Media Sciences”.

Dr Ali Abbas, Coordinator of the Urdu department, Panjab University, Chandigarh has been picked up as a member of the editorial, Advisory Board and Manuscript reviewer for “Pakistan Journal of Media Sciences”.

This research Journal is being published under the Society for Social Science and Research Association, Karachi, Pakistan.

“It is an Honorary Membership of the Editorial Board” the communication added.

In yet another communication received by Dr. Ali Abbas, he has also been picked up as a reviewer of yet another Urdu Research journal “Bazyaft” Published by Pakistan based University of the Punjab, Lahore.

“The main aim of the journal is to provide a platform for researchers working in or about Urdu language and literature,” The communication added.

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Chandigarh September 21, 2021

Result December, 2020/May, 2021

This is to inform that the result of examination December, 2020/May, 2021 of the following courses have been declared/made public today.

1. Bachelor of Physical Education (Two Year Course) First Semester Examination - December, 2020

2. Master of Social Work 1st Semester Examination - December, 2020

3. B.A. LLB.(Hons) (5 Year Integrated Course) 9th Semester Examination - May, 2021

4. Master of Arts (Music Vocal) 2nd Semester Examination - May, 2021

5. Master of Arts (Fine Arts) 2nd Semester Examination - May, 2021

The same can be seen at the respective Departments/Colleges or Panjab University website.