Chandigarh, February 10, 2019

Film Appreciation course concludes at P.U.

Panjab University(PU) : The Film and Television Institute of
India (FTII) and Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, collaboration for
a film appreciation course hosted by the Department of English and
Cultural Studies, PU concluded, here today with a Valedictory function
in which certificate of participation were distributed to over 75
participants from eight states of the country.

Prof Deepti Gupta, Chairperson of the department, who had
initiated this collaboration declared it a successful attempt on part
of the department to engage with other institutions for teaching and
learning.

Dr Surbhi Goel shared her views as to how education and
instruction of subjects like Cinema and Audio-visual were more about
curating the optimal content and creating insightful conversation and
discussion rather than an informational flow alone. The participants
were exposed to cinematic history, cinematic elements of appreciation
and important films drawn from world Cinema.

Instructors of the course, Shri Pankaj Saxena and Shri Munish
Bhardwaj also screened films which they have participated in the
making of to elicit discussions and responses. Ms. Vijaya Singh’s
films UNSCHEDULED ARRIVALS was also screened followed by a Q and A
session with her. The course drew enthusiasm from the participants and
it was an attempt to turn them from being a mere spectator to rasik of
cinema.

Technical session on the fifth and the final day of the course began
with a discussion of the film Pyaasa which had been screened the
previous day. The discussion was presided over by Mr. Munish Bharadwaj
and included observations on the form of the film, the music and
lyrics of songs.

This was followed by a script writing session conducted by Mr.
Bharadwaj. The session gave participants an insight into what goes
into writing a script for a film. Different scripts required for
various films were discussed. Additionally, the structure of the
conventional script and the job of a script writer were debated. The
session also included stages of script writing and character
development.

Issues discussed in the script writing session were further
elucidated through the screening of Moh Maya Money (2016), a film
directed by Mr. Bhardwaj. The screening was followed by a
question-answer session wherein Mr. Bhardwaj answered queries of
participants pertaining to their observations of the film.

Thus, the course came to an end. The valedictory session began
with an introduction by Junior Research Fellow, Shubham. Mr. Saxena
and Mr. Bhardwaj were invited on the stage to share their experiences
and observations about this course. This was followed by Dr. Surbhi
Goel outlining the benefits of the coming together of art
practitioners and critics in her speech.

Participation certificates were distributed by Prof. Deepti
Gupta, Prof. Akshaya Kumar, Mr. Bharadwaj, and Mr. Saxena. Then, two
documentaries made by participants of the course were screened. The
first was shot by Gaganpreet Walia and her team of two and lasted for
seven minutes. The second one titled University Appreciation Course
lasted two minutes and was made by Puneet Raj Singh. After this,
another documentary by the department of Communication Studies
depicting Panjab University was shown. The facilitators were then
presented with a token of appreciation. The participants and
dignitaries then broke for a delicious lunch.
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Chandigarh, February 10, 2019
Alumni Meet of Zoology Department, PU
Panjab University(PU) : A 95 years old alumna, student of
the first batch of Department, Mrs. Satija was the charm of the alumni
meet of the Zoology Department Alumni Association, Department of
Zoology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, here today.

About 90 alumni attended the programme. The Alumni members
were received by the registration team and welcomed with a Tilak.

Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, PU was the chief guest of
the Programme. He highlighted the importance of such events to
reconnect with the alma mater and to share their achievements with
each other.

The event was inaugurated by the distinguished guests by
lamp lighting ceremony. Chairperson of the department, Dr. Harpreet
Kaur welcomed the gathering. She gave insights on the emotional
bonding, alumni have with their alma mater.

Dean Alumni of Panjab University Prof. Deepti Gupta was also
present on this occasion and addressed the alumni. She quoted “Panjab
University is like a garland having its alumni members as colorful
flowers and all departments are chapters of Panjab University Alumni
Association”.

She honoured the coordinator of the Amritsar Chapter,Dr
Jasmeet Nayyar and appreciated the efforts of bringing together
Alumini of the State of Punjab on one page and will be soon organising
a Gala Alumni meet at Amritsar in near future.

The inauguration was followed by a lively cultural program
which started with a very devotional shabad seeking the blessings of
almighty followed by a graceful classical dance, traditional himachali
naati, and a very energetic Giddha and Bhangra performance by the
students. Prof. Neelima, Faculty in the Zoology Department, briefed
the audience about the history, development, achievements and various
projects ongoing in the department recently.

The eminent alumni members of the Department Prof. G.
Satija, Prof. O.P.Mittal, Prof. H.R. Pajni, Prof. A.K. Chawla and
Prof. R.C. Sobti were felicitated for their notable contributions to
the research and University. A thought provoking quiz about the
University was also held. Lastly, to end things on a lighter note, the
function was concluded with a stunning and emotive video of old days
of department.

The function was concluded by the Coordinator, Dr. Ravneet
Kaur. The alumni members were taken to the University tour to
rejuvenate their old memories and to see various Departments, Hostels
and South Campus of the University.
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Chandigarh, February 10, 2019
Panjab University(PU) : The Results and photographs of PU
Rose Fest – 2019 is attached.