Chandigarh November 15, 2018
PU VC Interacts with the students
Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh in his
initiative of interacting directly with the students, he met 8 students including 6
girls and 2 boys from the Department of Statistics, Philosophy, Public Administration,
Library Science and Ancient History. The students interacted with the PU VC regarding
issues related to merits/demerits of the Services, General Security, Library Facility,
E-Rickshaw Facility etc. The students expressed satisfaction about various facilities
and services provided in PU. However, they expressed to enhance the frequency of e-
rickshaws from PU South Campus, Sector-25. Also, they desired for canteen and Photostat
facility in Arts Block 3 and 4.
Chandigarh November 15, 2018
Panjab University to Develop Cognitive Science Lab
Panjab University, Chandigarh is planning to set up a cognitive science lab,
drawing upon the rich reservoir of talent available in its campus. This ambitious
project of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Raj Kumar aims to be one of its kind labs in India
with a focus on interdisciplinary research involving Physics, Philosophy, Psychology,
Communication Studies, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Anthropology, Mathematics and
Artificial intelligence.
The lab will act as the catalyst to ensure intellectual cohesion and
cooperation across disciplines that have traditionally been researched independently.
Prof Raj Kumar shared his vision while releasing 2018 volume of Indian Journal of
Psychology, one of the oldest and most reputed journals in India, published since 1926.
Complimenting the editorial team, led by Professor Emeritus Jitendra Mohan, he exhorted
faculty to assume leadership mantle in delivering solutions to the corporate and the
governmental sector in the domains of human relations and developing intellectual
Prof. Shankarji Jha, Dean University Instruction highlighted the role and
relevance of ancient Indian wisdom in present times and need for integrating Indian
value systems with the industrialisation. He elaborated that all branches of ancient
philosophies deal with modern psychology.
Prof. Jitendra Mohan expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor for providing
visionary leadership and motivating faculty towards excellence. He shared that the next
issue of the journal will be devoted exclusively towards disseminating knowledge on
excellence, in its multivaried forms.
Prof. Karamjeet Singh, Registrar, Prof. Parvinder Singh, Controller of
Examinations, Sh. Vikram Nayyar, Finance & Development Officer, Prof. Meena Sehgal,
Prof. Sanjeev Sharma, Prof. Archana R. Singh, Dr. Shruti Shourie, Dr. Devinder Rana
were also present.
Chandigarh November 15, 2018
Seminar on the Energy Scenario In a Consumer Driven India
The Department of Geology, Panjab University(PU), Chandigarh under the aegis of
the ONGC Chair, organized an interactive one-day Workshop-cum-Seminar on “The Energy
Scenario in a Consumer Driven India” with a view to highlight the potential and the
constraints on the three major sources of energy i.e. Nuclear Energy, Hydrocarbon
Energy and Non-conventional Energy.

Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, PU in his inaugural address emphasised on the
impact of energy exploration and exploitation on the environment and society. He also
advocated that an integrated approach should be taken to deal with energy use in a
sustainable and holistic manner. One should think about the last consumer in the
societal chain, he added.
Prof. Ashok Sahni introduced the theme of the workshop to the audience on the
increasing requirement of energy in the coming decades by India. He also introduced
the various resource persons of the workshop.
Dr. C.M. Nautial, Consultant INSA presented seminar on bouquet of different
energy sources and the present day scenario of energy consumption vis-a-vis climate
Shri Vishal Kapoor from the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India focussed his
lecture on managing electricity needs of India through demand side management. He
expressed that by 2040, 30% of electricity consumption demand in India is going to
Dr. S.K.Malhotra, Raja Ramanna Fellow, Department of Atomic Energy discussed
the present day scenario of nuclear energy in India and compared the safety of nuclear
energy to other sources of energy such as coal, petroleum, gas hydrates and geo-thermal
Dr. Y. Ramesh Chandra from ONGC discussed the shale gas scenario in India where
it occurs and how it is being retrieved. He also compared the various techniques
involved in exploration and extraction of shale gas.
Dr. Kalachand Sein, Head Scismic Division, NGRI, Hyderabad presented the latest
developments on gas hydrates and proposed the future prospects of this from important
resources available within Indian reservoirs. While discussing the gas hydrates
scenario, he informed the audience that what are the signatures of these gas hydrates
been found in Krishna Godavari Mahanadi and Andaman Basin.
Dr. Ritesh Arya, Director, Arya Driller Chandigarh discussed the geo-thermal potential
of India and why no progress has been made yet on exploiting this very important
resource in spite of the fact geo-thermal energy is being widely used in the West.


Chandigarh November 15, 2018

Day 3 of New Colombo Plan

On the third day of the three-week Mobility Programme organized by Panjab
University, Chandigarh in collaboration with Western Sydney University, Australia, the
students attended special lectures by prominent professors.
Dr Upneet Lalli, Correctional Administration, Chandigarh delivered a lecture on
“Gender based violence in India & Law”. She talked about the types of gender based
violence faced by citizens in the country while making a comparison with the Australian
society. Dr Upneet Lalli also created awareness about the constitutional laws and acts,
put in force to protect the citizens from this form of violence.
Prof. Rajesh Gill, Department of Sociology, Panjab University gave lecture on
“Culture & Gender” focusing on patriarchy, gender division system in the society “the
need of the hour is to work collectively and fight the battle of gender bias
The later half of the day was spent by the Western Sydney Students visiting a
corporate house, Innovative Knit, Mohali, where they got a chance to explore the
techniques of making of apparels.
The day ended on an Indian Note with students visiting Kalagram, Manimajra to
attend the festival of lights, folk and theatre.

Chandigarh November 15, 2018
Children Day celebrated
Alumni Association, Department of Zoology, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Celebrated Children’s days by holding an interactive and motivational talk of Mrs.
Amaninder Brar,PCS (Estate Officer GMADA), a former student of Zoology department. She
addressed the students on the occasion and urged them to set their goals and work hard
to achieve them. Refreshing her memories, she shared the moments of her struggle,
challenges and how she successfully overcame that to reach the target. She also told
that time management is the master key that enables one to use their time productively
and efficiently and helps to accomplish anything in life. ‘Challenges won’t stop even
after you achieve your goal as they are a part of your job’ she added. The event was
concluded by giving a token of appreciation by alumni association and thanking her. On
this occasion, few games were also kept for the students, who enjoyed the show
thoroughly and expressed their joy and gratitude with a thundering applause.


Chandigarh November 15, 2018

राष्ट्रिय वैदिक संगोष्ठी की गूञ्ज सुनी मोरिशस तक ।
विश्वविद्यालय की दयानन्द अध्ययन वैदिक पीठ के द्वारा आयोजित "राष्ट्रिय
वैदिक संगोष्ठी" में भारत के विभिन्न प्रदेशों से विद्वानों ने शिरकत की
वहीं इसकी गूञ्ज विदेशों तक भी सुनाई दी ।
विदेशों में रहने वाले संस्कृत तथा वैदिक विद्वानों ने इस कार्य की
भूरि-भूरि प्रशंसा की, वहीं मोरिशस के वैदिक विद्वान श्री ज्ञान धनूक
चन्द जी इस कार्यक्रम मे विशेष रूप से पहुँचे । उनके पहुँचने की सूचना
प्राप्त होते ही माननीय वी.सी साहब ने प्रो वीरेन्द्र अलंकार जी के साथ
वी. सी आफिस में उनका आवाहन किया । यहाँ उन्होनें माननीय वी. सी प्रो.
राजकुमार जी को वैदिक शोध पर लिखी अपनी नवीन पुस्तक " माडर्न इण्डियन
रिफार्मरस" भेंट करते हुए इस कार्यक्रम के आयोजन पर बधाई दी तथा यह
विश्वास दिलाया कि मारिशस का संस्कृत विभाग पी यू के संस्कृत विभाग से
मिलकर वैदिक शोध करेगा ।
तदुपरान्त माननीय वी. सी साहब ने इस कार्यक्रम के आयोजक तथा महर्षि
दयानन्द चेयर के वर्तमान अध्यक्ष प्रो. डा. वीरेन्द्र अलंकार जी को अपने
आफिस में विशेष रूप से बधाई देते हुए संस्कृत साहित्य तथा वैदिक शोध में
मोरिशस तथा अन्य देशों के विद्वानों के योगदान लेने पर सहमति जताई ।
Chandigarh November 15, 2018
Panel Discussion cum Interaction at the Department of Defence and
National Security Studies.
The Department of Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab
University in collaboration with the Gyan Setu think-tank organised a
one day panel discussion on the theme of National Security, at the
ICSSR Seminar Hall on November 15th, 2018. General Ved Prakash Malik,
(Retd.), former Chief of Army Staff was the Chief Guest at the event.
Lt. Gen. K. J. Singh (Retd.), Maharaja Ranjit Singh Chair Professor in
the department, gave the welcome address and introduced the
panellists. The prominent people on the panel included Brigadier
Deepak Sethi (Retd.), PhD, Dr. Jaskaran Singh Waraich, Chairperson,
Department of Defence and National Security Studies, and Lt. Gen. K.
J. Singh.

Brigadier Sethi spoke about how till the colonial era the domain of
national security was confined only to the absence of any external
threats. However with the passage of time, newer aspects such as
terrorism and various other non-traditional security threats. He
stated that the popular perception in the common citizens is that
national security is purely a domain of the government's
responsibility. Giving the example of the recent upheaval in the
Middle East and the iron hand employed by those totalitarian
governments' is not possible in India's case. He emphasised the need
to study and review the role of the military dimension of national
security and its role in dealing with internal security problems. He
also discussed the complex inter-relationship between internal
security and economic development.

General Malik stated that on civilizational terms, India has been a
great survivor. However some setbacks were suffered due to foreign
invasions. He stated that India lacks a clear understanding of
national security due to lack of a comprehensive approach in studying
it. He emphasised on the necessity to bring change in the mindset of
all citizens as well as the political leadership as it is mandated to
look after national security. He stated that India has a very weak
strategic culture, where the common tendency is to think in tactical
terms as the political vision is limited in winning the next election.
Politics has gradually become more and more divisive while the
national security is based on unity. Instead of fighting amongst each
other, the need is to focus on finding solutions. He stated that one
of the main reasons behind positive outcome of the 1971 and 1999 wars
was the direct communication between the political leadership and the
military leadership.

The panel discussion was followed by the unveiling of Brigadier Deepak
Sethi's book - "Citizens and Soldiers Keeping India's Tryst with
Destiny: Paradigm for National Security and Resurgence" by the Chief
Guest General V. P. Malik. The unveiling of the book was followed by a
dialogue on several significant issues and topics discussed in the
book. Dr Jaskaran Singh Waraich concluded the event with the vote of
thanks. He thanked the Chief Guest, all the panellists and audience.
The session was attended by the faculty members, research scholars,
various serving and retired officers of the armed forces and students
of the department.