Leaderships comes from going back to Basics: Kiran Bedi


 Chandigarh,22.09.17-Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Puducherry, Dr. Kiran Bedi, delivered the 2nd J.C. Anand Memorial Lecture which was organised by the Department of Political Science, Panjab University(PU), Chandigarh and inaugurated the Governance and Leadership Courses offered by the Department-cum-Centre for Women’s Studies and Development, here today.  


Prof. Arun K. Grover, Vice Chancellor, PU, while giving a welcome address, stated that it was a moment of proud privilege to have Dr. Bedi who is also an alumnus of P.U. to deliver J.C. Anand Memorial Lecture.


            Thereafter, Ms. Urvashi Gulati, IAS,former Chief Information Commissioner, Haryana, spoke about the achievements of Prof. J.C. Anand as a teacher in the PU. She added that Dr. Bedi, a student of Professor Anand, is a most inspiring Youth Icon of India and was a Leader even as a teenager. She knows how to fight and get her right. She added that Dr. Bedi has many firsts to her credit.


Prof. Ronki Ram, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Chair Professor and fellow, PU introduced the Speaker to the audience.  


Dr. Kiran Bedi,while delivering the lecture on the theme “When does leadership begin and does it have an end?”, shared her vision regarding the Good Governance and Leadership Skills in India to match the best in the world.  She emphasized that there is a need to create a cadre of responsible, responsive, honest, dedicated and sincere leaders to fulfill the aspiration of Young India.


While remembering Prof. Anand, Dr. Bedi said that it is an emotional day for a student to remember her teacher Prof. Anand who impacted her in many ways. She remembered him fondly as a person carrying lot of books in hands and perspiring all the time, always thorough in his presentations. He impacted by gifting the thrust to know more/learn more/read more, always took his students back to basics, sowing leadership when he was introducing leaders to his students, raised the bar every time by throwing  new challenges. She further added that the teacher in him inspired the thirst for research leading to idea of citizenship which came from his classrooms. She paid homage to Prof. Anand by informing that he taught lot of self-evaluation and encouraging his students to ask lot of questions.


Dr. Bedi added that the leadership comes when we go back to basics to learn. We need missionaries with a mission and leadership starts with a mission. When you teach values, to serve people, to research, to connect with people, learn integrity, then leaders are formed.


Dr. Navjot, Chairperson, Department of Political Science while proposing formal vote of thanks, highlighted the achievements of the Dept., especially about the number one position of the Department amongst the Universities in India by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of this year.


The lecture was attended by the students, faculty, members of Anand family and senior civil servants.



Chandigarh September 22, 2017

                “3D Modeling and Printing Skill Development Workshop”
        A three day skill development on “3D modelling and printing” has started on
September 21, 2017 at Design Innovation Centre, University Institute of Engineering &
Technology (UIET), Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh. Dr. Harish Kumar, Honorary
Director, Skill Development, shared that 49.9% of the India’s population will be less
than 29 years of age by 2021 which needs to be skilled and trained in various domains.
3D printing is one of the driving forces for Industry 4.0 which is looking forward for
lean manufacturing. Human resources trained on 3D printing can be the future workforce
for industry. They can also build a start-up to offer localized services to the
society. Five basic skills required for any workforce includes access, manage,
integrate, evaluate and create. Dr. Mamta Juneja from UIET discussed that the modelling
of 3D dental prosthesis like surgical guides, implants and dental clear aligners using
different software tools. She emphasized on the importance of multidisciplinary team
work in health care medical device applications involving engineers and doctors. Dr.
Vijay Meena from CSIO and Dr. Anand Gupta from GMCH-32 have been invited as expert
speakers for the next two days, who will be talking on additive manufacturing and
maxillofacial surgeries. Dr. Parshant Jindal who has designed and manufactured a low
cost 3D printer in DIC Lab at UIET, PU has interacted with the participants and
encouraged them to innovate by building such machines. 3D printer designed by him is in
aligned to the Make in India programme of Government of India. 20 students/ research
scholars and faculty members from different departments are selected out of 100
applicants to participate in the workshop. Participants have an interactive session
with the experts and many ideas are discussed upon.

Chandigarh September 22, 2017

Man-Monkeys Relations Discussed in Anthropology, PU
        Second Anthropology Colloquium on Primate Behaviour was held in the Department
of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh here today.  Dr. Stefano Kaburu,
Physical Anthropologist, University of California, Davis, delivered the lecture
WILD  Dr. Stefano Kaburu explained the preparation for field work, methods, the joy,
the difficulties and the rewards of primate behavior. Special interest to the audience
was his special talk on Man Monkey relationships through time and space.  The lecture
was special of interest to students and budding researchers since primate behavior is
an essential component of the syllabi of Anthropology.  His findings were important not
only for conservation of monkeys but also for academic purposes. ”.
        The Colloquium generated a lot of response and more than 100 people attended


Sahitya Akademi, Government of India and Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab
University, Chandigarh with its joint effort have organized Three Day Poetry
Translation Workshop on 22-24 September, 2017 in Panjab University, Chandigarh

Chandigarh September 22, 2017
Sahitya Akademi, Government of India and Department of Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab
University, Chandigarh with its joint effort have organized Three Day Poetry
Translation Workshop on 22-24 September, 2017 in Panjab University, Chandigarh. In this
translation, Workshop an anthology of 100 poems edited by Arundhti Subramanium under
the title “Another Country” would be translated by the translation experts in Punjabi.
The Translators are Prof. Rawail Singh (Delhi University), Sh. Manmohan (Chandigarh),
Prof. Satish Kumar Verma (Pbi. University, Patiala), Dr. Jaspal Kaur Kaang (P.U.), Sh.
Parvesh Sharma (Patiala), Sh. Jatin Salwan (Chandigarh), Dr. Sudhir Baweja (P.U.),
Prof. Gurdip Singh Bajwa (Patiala), Dr. Hartej Kaur(Mohali), Dr. Jasmine Anand (Mohali)
and Jyoti Verma.
        Prof. Jaspal Kaur Kaang, programme Co-ordinator informed that this is a
meaningful programme organized by the effort of Sahitya Akademi to make a healthy
bondage of the languages, literature and culture. The workshop will end on September
24, 2017 with a ru-b-ru programme with renowned poet Manmohan who will read his poems
in Punjabi and whose poems which have been translated into English will be read by
Nirupma Dutt and Sanv Richa will present these poems in Hindi.


Chandigarh September 22, 2017
E-Resources Training at UIET Library

University Institute of Engineering & Technology Library, Panjab University, Chandigarh
successfully conducted a training program for the faculty, research scholars and
students on usage of IEEE online resource and EBSCO E-books in association with EBSCO
today. Trainer from EBSCO Mr. Ritesh Kumar elaborated the details of access of online
IEEE resources for Journals and EBSCO e-Books to the students and research scholars.
All the features and functionalities of both IEEE and EBSCO platform were explained to
all participating researchers.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing
technology for the benefit of humanity. It provides access of Journal, Magazines,
Conference Proceedings, Transaction and standards to all major Engineering & Technology
Institutions around the world.

EBSCO is the leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine
subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries of all kinds. For over 70
years, they partnered with libraries to improve research with quality content and

The UIET Library has collection of approx. 20,000 Print books, 345 E-Books and also
access to approximately 5000 online full text journals, is available through A.C Joshi
Digital Library. Library collection can also be searched through Web-OPAC.


Chandigarh, September 21, 2017

Dr.Kiran Bedi to deliver J.C. Anand Memorial Lecture at PU

Dr. Kiran Bedi, Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Puducherry, is going to formally inaugurate the Governance and Leadership courses at Panjab University today.  Panjab University is once again taking a lead in the region by introducing these courses. The Governance and leadership Courses aim to impart knowledge about core leadership competencies and the ways in which these skills can be developed. It seeks to create a cadre of responsible, responsive, committed and sensitive leaders who are capable of handling national and global assignments; are adept at countering emerging national and global challenges, have an in-depth understanding of the issues that plague humanity and who can truly lead from the front. These courses include two years Masters Programme in Governance and Leadership; three Months Certificate Courses and four weeks Crash Course. 

 Dr. Bedi on this occasion is also going to deliver the J.C. Anand Memorial Lecture on “When Does Leadership Begin and does It have an End.” She is delivering this lecture in the honour of her teacher, Prof. J.C. Anand, who was  born in Rawalpindi in the year 1920. He graduated from Gordon College at Rawalpindi and was a gold medalist. He did Masters of Arts in Political Science from Government College, Lahore and was a recipient of Dewan Bahadur K.B. Thapar Gold Medal.

He joined the Ministry of External Affairs but resigned on receiving a post card from Prof. Jaswant Roy who had decided to set up GMN College in Ambala Cantt. He started Post Graduation Studies in Political Science single handedly.

Prof. Anand joined the Department of Political Science of Panjab University at Hoshiarpur Campus in the year 1957 and moved to Chandigarh in 1960. Prof. Anand was a mentor to innumerable students. As a researcher, he was widely acknowledged as an expert on Punjab politics. His contribution finds mention in Dr. D. C. Pavate, former Governor of Punjab’s book ‘My Days as Governor’. Prof. Anand along with Prof. Rajni Kothari, a leading Political Scientist and founder of Centre for the Developing Societies (CSDS), Prof. Iqbal Narain, (former Vice Chancellor of BHU) and Prof. Ram Asre Roy (who later succeeded Prof. Kothari as Director, CSDS) promoted empirical model of political analyses. He studied voting behavior and electoral studies for composite Punjab. Later, he distanced himself from Punjab Politics Studies when his eldest daughter, Meenaxi, joined the Indian Administrative Services and was allotted to the state of Haryana which was carved out of Punjab, as a matter of principle and ethics. 

Prof. Anand was also an able administrator. He selflessly guided the youth not only in their pursuit of learning and profession but also in personal life. He was associated with the University Centre for IAS and Other Competitive Examinations, for many years. He was closely associated with Chandigarh’s Lajpat Rai Bhawan and its library. Prof. Anand retired in 1983 and became the founder President of the Chandigarh Citizen’s Club and continued to be so till his last breath.

The Club thrived under his patronage and guidance. The Club has distinguished persons from various professions as members. He presided over the club’s Sunday meetings and the members held discussions and analytical debates on the economic scenario and investment climate in the Country. An institution in himself, he offered free advice to people on investment.  He guided retired individuals and pensioners on managing their finances wisely. Prof. Anand was invited to write for the column ‘Market Scan’ in the Tribune. He wrote the column for over 20 years. A large number of people remember him for his insight, maturity and sound advice for long term investments. He was a long term investor himself. He created a name for himself in a field which was alien to him, given his professional background and academic training. He was often invited by various forums and banking institutions to speak on investment options and strategies to plan for the post-retirement period.

His daughters, Mrs. Meenaxi Anand Chaudhry, Mrs. Urvashi Gulati and Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora were also his students at the Political Science Department, Panjab University. Each one of them not only topped in their post graduation in Political Science but also cleared the Civil Services Examination in the first attempt and were allotted to Haryana cadre.  His three daughters have achieved national acclaim but are still known as Prof. Anand’s three daughters! Prof. Anand has given the country not only three bureaucrats from his own family but innumerable diplomats, industrialists and educationalists from his students, Dr. Kiran Bedi is one among them. He believed that girls were no less and encouraged them to scale heights in whichever profession they choose.  He was a person with sterling qualities the head and heart. Doctors at Cancer Department of PGI, Chandigarh remember him for visiting them on 29th of every month for providing medicines for poor cancer patients. Savitri, his wife, a true companion for him, had died of cancer on 29th May, 1987. He loved teaching and given a chance to live again, he would love to teach at Panjab University!

The Venue of the programme is English auditorium and the programme will start at 4.00pm



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Chandigarh, September 21, 2017

PU launches a new incubator shaker for the growth of microorganisms at high temperatures

Bio incubator, Cluster Innovation Centre in Biotechnology, Panjab University, Chandigarh launched a new incubator shaker with air and pressure modules entitled “NOVICE VIDE 001”. The incubator was launched at the auditorium of the Department of Microbial Biotechnology, New Hospital Building, South Campus, Sector-25, Panjab University, Chandigarh on 21st of September, 2017. Prof.Arun K. Grover, Vice Chancellor Panjab University, Prof (Mrs) Meenakshi Malhotra, Dean of University Instruction, Panjab University, Prof. O.P. Katare, Director Research Promotion Cell, Panjab University, Dr. Anil Koul, Director, Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH), Chandigarh, Dr. Rohit Sharma, Chief Coordinator, Cluster Innovation Centre in Biotechnology, Panjab University, Mr. Karam Singh, GAK Equipments and Technologies Pvt. Ltd. were present during the product launch. The incubator shaker has been built with collaborative efforts of GAK Equipments and Technologies and MicroRadical 360 Pvt. Ltd. Owned by a young Microbial Biotechnologist, ShivanshiVashist, who is a PhD Scholar in Panjab University, the startup resides in the Bio Incubator, Panjab University where it tests and performs the R&D. The incubator provides a stable shaking with air, pressure and vacuum control modules. The shaker is designed for maintaining and producing microorganisms and product/s capable to grow at high temperatures and also aerobic conditions at the same time. In accordance to the current machines available till date, NOVICE VIDE 001addresses multiple components that remain unaddressed.“We target to catalyze the process of enthusing an idea and its translation to commercialization.  Hand holding the idea throughout the journey from point of care generation, prototype development, testing and network generation has always been our mandate. About the machine, the instrument is a novel invention and we wish to not just keep it limited to India” Said Dr. Rohit Sharma, Chief Coordinator, Cluster Innovation Centre in Biotechnology, Panjab University, Chandigarh.