Chandigarh February 24, 2018

VICE CHANCELLOR’S STATEMENT

1.      With a deep sense of sorrow, I may inform the members about the sad demise of

i)      Prof. Satya Pal Gautam, former Professor of the Department of Philosophy,
Panjab University, Chandigarh, former Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand
University, Bareilly (UP) and former Chairperson  of the Centre for Philosophy, School
of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, on January 30, 2018;

ii)     Prof. S.L. Malhotra,  former Chairperson of the Department of Gandhian Studies,
on February 13, 2018;

iii)    Prof. S.P. Tewari, former Chairperson, Department of Law, PU, on February 19,
2018;

iv)     Prof. C.L. Kaul, alumnus PU and former Director, NIPER, SAS Nagar, on February
16, 2018.

v)      Mrs. Swarn Kaur, mother of Dr. M.C. Sidhu, former Fellow, PU and Associate
Professor, Dept. of Botany, PU, on 6th February, 2018

vi)     Prof. Kartar Singh Suri, former Chairperson of Department of Punjabi,PU on 23rd
February, 2018

(To pay homage to the departed souls, two minutes silence, all standing, may be
observed).


2.      I am pleased to inform the honourable members that:

i)      67th Annual Covocation of Panjab University will start at 10 a.m. as per
revised communication received on February 21 from the Chancellor, PU, and Vice-
President of India.

ii)     Prof. Rajnish Jain of Devi Ahilya University, Indore, has joined as Secretary
in the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

iii)    Dr. B.N. Goswamy, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art and History, PU,
has been honoured with Punjab Gaurav Sanmaan by Punjab Arts Council for his
distinguished contribution in the field of art, on February  6, 2018.

iv)     Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, New Delhi, delivered 46th PU
Colloquium and 3rd Shenmar Memorial Oration entitled ‘New India@2022’ at the University
Auditorium on February 22, 2018.  Dr. Vinod Paul, Member, NITI Aayog was also present
during the event.  Dr. Paul interacted with the faculty and research scholars of Life
Sciences.  Centre for Policy Research organized the interaction.

v)      Panjab University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the London
School of Management Education (LSME) on February 5, 2018 in London.  Dr. Ravi Kumar,
Director on behalf of LSME and Professor Arun Kumar Grover, Vice Chancellor on behalf
of PU signed the MoU document.

vi)     Prof. Madhu Raka, former Dean University Instruction and former Chairperson,
Deptt. of Mathematics, has been awarded Emeritus Scientistship of CSIR for 3 years.

vii)    Prof. R.K. Gupta, former Chairperson, USOL; former Director, UIHMT, PU and
presently Vice Chancellor of Maharaja Agrasen University, Baddi, HP, has been
felicitated by Indian Institute of Oriental Heritage with Dr S. Radhakrishnan Education
Excellence Award.

viii)   Dr. Devinder Preet Singh, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Orthodonitics and
Dentofacial Orthopaedic of Dr. H.S. Judge Instt. of Dental Sciences, PU, has received
the ‘Best Orthodontist of the Year’ award at the Indian Healthcare Awards 2018 held at
New Delhi on January 21, 2018.

ix)     Ms. Shivanshi Vashist, a research scholar initiated startup company incubated
at BioNEST, PU, has secured first prize (including cash award of Rs.20,000/-) at the
national platform ‘LJ Innovation Village 2018’ at Ahemdabad, Gujarat, on February 17,
2018.

x)      With reference to communication received from University Grants Commission
and Govt. of Punjab, regarding Address of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
to the Students of all educational institutions on February 16, 2018 on handling
examination stress and making exams fun, arrangement in the University Auditorium was
made.  Around 850 students and faculty members saw/heard the Address of the Hon’ble
Prime Minister.

xi)     With reference to University Grants Commission’s letter, MATRIBHASHA DIWAS was
celebrated by the Department of Punjabi, Hindi, Sanskrit and University School of Open
Learning (USOL) on February 21, 2018.

xii)    Dr. Muneeshwar Joshi, former Deputy Registrar, PU, has joined as Registrar at
Maharaja Agrasen University, Baddi, Himachal Pradesh.

xiii)   Ms. Pratibha, a NSS volunteer of PU, got second position in quiz in National
Youth Fest in Delhi and was honoured by the President of India.

xiv)    ENACTUS SSBUICET team again brought laurels to the University by bagging Second
Runners-Up Position in SAMADHAN, a Social Case Study held under Aspire 2018 5th edition
of the Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology’s (NSIT), Delhi, Annual Social
Entrepreneurship Convention.

xv)     Ms. Amandeep Kaur, Research Scholar, Dr S.S. Bhatnagar Univ. Instt. of Chemical
Engineering and Technology, PU, has been selected for Shastri Research Student
Fellowship, 2017-2018 awarded by Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

xvi)    Panjab University is continuing to perform well in the various sports events
during the current academic year (2017-18). In this regard an update on the performance
in 2017-18 has been made available by the Directorate of Sports for perusal of the
Syndicate.

xvii)   Prof. R.C. Paul Rose Garden of the University has been adjudged as the Best
Open Space Maintained in the Tri-city in the 46th Rose festival being held from
February 23-25, 2018.  Besides it, the University has also won two 1st prizes and four
2nd prizes in cut flower category competitions.

xviii)  G.H.G. Harparkash College of Education for Women, Sidhwan Khurd (Ludhiana) has
been placed in the ‘A’ Grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council
(NAAC), with CGPA of 3.38 on seven point scale.

ix)     The Vice Chancellor, PU, delivered Founder’s Day Lecture entitled ‘Nucleation
and progression of Higher Education & Research in pre- and post Independent India: A
personal perspective’ at CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) on
February 22, 2018.  The founder of CCMB, Prof. P.M. Bhargava had passed away on August
1, 2017.

x)      First time in the history of AIU-UNIFESTs, Panjab University team  (Khalsa
College for Women Ludhiana ) won the First Position in Folk -Tribal Dance during the
33rd All India National Inter University Youth Festival organised by AIU at Ranchi
University Ranchi, along with first positions in Cartooning, Poster Making, Photography
and Non Percussion, second position in Clay Modelling and fourth in on the Spot
Painting. Congratulations to all the the Principals, Teachers, Students, Directors,
Accompanists and team members.

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Chandigarh February 24, 2018
Two days National conference on Algebra concludes

        A Two days National conference on Algebra started yesterday in the Department
of Mathematics, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
        The Conference was inaugurated by Padam Bhushan Prof. R. P. Bambah, Former
Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh
        Prof. Kapil Hari Parajape, IISER, Mohali, Prof. J K Verma, Prof.Ananthnarayan
Hariharan and Prof. Sudhir Ghorpade from IIT Bombay, Prof.Dipendra Prasad, TIFR, Mmbai,
Prof. Prabal Paul, BITS PILANI Goa, Prof. PoojaSingla, IISc Bangalore and Dr. Sugandha
Maheshwary, IISER Mohali delivered lectures in the Conference.  Besides this the
Research Scholars of theDepartment Ms. Gurleen Kaur and Ms. Leena Jindal also delivered
lectures.

        The programme concluded on 24th February, 2018.Prof. Gurmeet Kaur Bakshi,
Chairperson, Department of Mathematics, PU thanked all the participants, faculty
members and research scholars for making the Conference a success.
        The seminar was largely attended by the dignitaries, the superannuated faculty,
the present facultyand the research scholars of the Department of Mathematics. The
others invitees included teachers from other Departments of the University and
thecollege teachers. About 100 participants participated in the Conference.

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Chandigarh February 24, 2018

                                          PU Syndicate Meeting

      Panjab University, Chandigarh in its Syndicate meeting deliberated on most of the items barring few, held here today.

            Regarding existing promotion policy meant for promotion of ministerial/administrative cadre on the pattern of Delhi University, Delhi by conducting written test and interview was not accepted by the Syndicate. However, the existing pattern based on seniority would continue. In addition, it was unanimously decided to evolve a skill training process for the staff and introduce incentive scheme for rewarding the performers.

            The Syndicate after deliberation on the filling of posts of Dean College Development Council (DCDC) and Chief of University Security (CUS), PU, Chandigarh, decided to re-advertise the same.

            The Syndicate has accepted to revert to 2+2+1 formula instead of 3+2 for re-employment of superannuated Principals. The management of colleges shall be asked to re-advertise Principal’s positions where the re-employed Principals have completed two or more years. The process of filling up the Principal's position shall have to be completed by June 15, 2018. The Managements are being asked to release advertisements with information regarding paying full salary (Basic + Grade Pay + DA) to the new Principals.

            Prof. Arun K. Grover, Vice Chancellor, PU briefed the Syndicate regarding MoU between Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh. He informed that NTU wants to run courses in partnership with PU for joint degree to be given by both the Universities as large diaspora of Punjabi students are located in that University. NTU is running Business School and is expanding further by having better interaction with the Industry and is keen to have partnership with University Business School (UBS), PU. The partnership can later be extended to other courses, he informed. The Syndicate approved of the same and suggested to upload all MoUs on PU Website and also, directed for clear cut guidelines and criteria to be laid down for the partnerships. All other items related to MoUs were approved by the Syndicate.

            The Syndicate approved the matter related to fees structure for Girls Hostel No. 10, which has single room facility for research scholars with attached washroom.

            The Syndicate approved increase of reservation for persons with disability from 3% to 5% pursuant to the directions given by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.

            The Syndicate approved the recognition of Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), DRDO, DIHAR Base Lab, Chandigarh as Research Centre of PU, for collaborative research pursuits in the subject of Chemistry.

            The Syndicate approved the minutes of the committee regarding issues relating to UGC Faculties (UGC-Faculty Recharge Program). The committee was of the view that for all the purposes they are like regular faculty and proposed to encourage them to contribute more.

            The Syndicate approved the recommendation of Faculty of Science regarding revised grading system for calculation of the end-semester (SGPA)ES, (CGPA)ES and final CGPA for a candidate for the B.Sc. (Hons.) under the framework of Honours School System being run at PU Campus.