Chandigarh March 14, 2019

“Towards Indian Theory/Theories of Cultural Studies”

14-15 March 2019 at the Department of English and Cultural Studies,
Panjab University, Chandigarh

The two-day UGC-DRS II national seminar titled “Towards Indian
Theory/Theories of Cultural Studies” was inaugurated at the Department
of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, on 14
March 2019. The inaugural session was graced with the presence of
Prof. Raj Kumar, esteemed Vice Chancellor, Prof. Bijoy Boruah,
visiting professor at IIT Ropar and keynote speaker, Prof. Deepti
Gupta, the chairperson, Professors RuminaSethi and Akshaya Kumar,
organisers, in addition to faculty members and large number of
scholars from the region. Coordinator of the DRS – II, Prof. Rumina
Sethi welcomed the Vice Chancellor, guest speakers, and research
scholars to the seminar and spoke about the need to engage with the
concepts of culture, tradition and antiquity in a balanced way and
distinguish between Indian theories of culture and cultural studies in

TheVice Chancellor, Prof. Raj Kumar delivered the presidential
remarks. He emphasised the need for such multidisciplinary programs by
linking the various domains of knowledge of the globalised world.
Prof. Akshaya Kumar pointed towards urgent structural changes needed
in the critical system and traced the trajectory of English Studies in
India within the new imperative of Cultural Studies. He set the focus
of the seminar on debates of the post-1947 era. He shared his views on
the philosophical nature of the Indian freedom struggle and mentioned
how theories emerging from this era are crucial for our understanding
of culture.

The keynote speaker, Prof. Bijoy Boruah, addressed the
audience about the importance of creatinga dialogic encounter between
tradition and innovation for the affirmation of the self in a living
text as well as in lived reality. Very skilfully,he yoked the binaries
of tradition and innovation in a seamless thread pointing to the need
of a pluralistic approach to life.

The session was proceeded further with a lecture by Prof.
Sudhir Kumar. He drew attention to the Gandhian approach to culture
and literature. He discussed Gandhi as a chaotic thinker whose
experiments with truth have drawn encouragement and criticism alike.
He talked about Gandhi’s ideas of Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Sarvodaya, and
Dharma and the relevance of these ideas for the understanding of
Culture. Prof. Simona Sawhney, from IIT Delhi, questioned the need of
an Indian cultural studies in a globalised world. She used Bhagat
Singh’s life and testimonies to argue that researchers must employ
cultural theories indiscriminately if they can justify them rather
than search for a ‘pure’ Indian theoretical basis. Prof. Sumanyu
Satpathy, current fellow at IIAS and former faculty member at Delhi
University, discussed the uses of controversy in the Indian context.


Chandigarh March 14, 2019

डिपार्टमैंट ऑफ़ इवनिंग स्ट्डीज़ - बहु अनुशासनीय खोज केंद्र,
पंजाब यूनीवर्सिटी, चण्डीगढ़ के हिन्दी-विभाग की ओर से आज इवनिंग
स्ट्डीज़ के ऑडीटोरियम में पी. भानू द्वारा लिखित उपन्यास ‘मणी लेखक कैसे
बनी' का विमोचन एवं उपन्यास के सृजनात्मक पहलुओ पर समीक्षकों एवं
विचारकों ने विचार-चर्चा की। मुख्य मेहमान श्री माधव कौशिक जी की ओर से
उपन्यास की सराहना की गई। प्रो. जसविंदर सिंह ने उपन्यास के विषय-वस्तु
एवं वृत्तांत की विशालता को नवीन संकल्पों के साथ जोड़ कर उपन्यास के
विधागत रूप के विषय में मूल्यवान विचार पेश किए। प्रो. मुकेश अरोड़ा ने
उपन्यास के विभिन्न पक्षों पर प्रकाश डाला। डॉ. नीरज जैन ने अपने विचार
पेश करते हुए प्रवासी लेखक एवं लेखिकाओं के द्वंद्व एवं त्रासदिक विषयों
की बात की। डॉ. पंधेर ने कहा कि यह सम्पूर्ण उपन्यास सामंतवादी,
पितृसत्तात्मक वृत्तियों के विरुद्ध संघर्ष, सफलता-असफलता, मूलदेश एवं
प्रवास के अनुभवों, अतीत एवं वर्तमान के आन्तरिक मेल-सुमेल और
क्रांतिकारी विचारधारात्मक प्रतिबद्धता को सुचारू बनाए रखने हेतु मणी के
लेखक बनने की अर्थपूर्ण कहानी है। डॉ. धनवंत कौर ने कहा कि यह रचना
उपन्यास-संसार की जटिलता को बड़ी ही साधारणता एवं सहजता से चुनौती देती
है। साहित्य लेखन में इच्छुक विद्यार्थियों को इसका अध्ययन अवश्य करना
चाहिए। डॉ. सुखदेव सिंह मिन्हास ने लेखिका को बधाई देते हुए साहित्य के
सार्वभौमिक होने की बात कही। उन्होंने कहा कि साहित्य को खांचों में
बाँटना उचित नहीं है। डा. परमजीत ने कहा कि विधागत एवं कथानक रूप में यह
एक नवीन रचना है। डॉ. गुरमीत सिंह ने कहा कि यह उपन्यास मुझे
इंग्लिश-विंग्लिश फिल्म की याद दिलाता है। अंत में विभागाध्यक्ष प्रो.
गुरपाल सिंह संधू ने विचार-विमर्श के लिए आए विशेषज्ञों एवं
विद्यार्थियो/शोधार्थियों का धन्यवाद किया।


Chandigarh March 14, 2019
As part of the Chandigarh Science Congress
(CHASCON-2019), Section events were carried out at various Science Departments, here today
Section-Life Sciences Zoology, Anthropology, Institute of Forensic Science and Criminology
The event which was held in the Department of Zoology, PU
started with the quiz competition and the best team was sent for the central
participation. 15 oral and 55 poster presentations were made by the participants from various
institutions all over the tricity.
The invited talk “Building resilience in young adults” was delivered by
Professor Prabhjot Malhi, Professor in child psychology at Department
of Pediatrics, PGIMER, Chandigarh. She discussed cases of attention deficient
hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and emphasized on overindulgence and tiger parenting on part of
parents were harmful in child development but at the same time parent interaction
and involvement with the child were very important. She described many cases of young children
suffering from the mental health issues due addiction to pornography.
According to her nview, vulgar and women objectified music, early exposure to sexual
content are mainly responsible for such addiction in young children.
For building resilience young adult she emphasized encouraging
them to adopt hobbies take up physical exercise, do community work and have patience
to achieve goals. She also highlighted teaching them importance of failure, building
relationships, friendships and respecting others needs. She conclude
her session with the message “All young people need role models, not critics”. Her talk
was highly applauded by all present. Section: The Earth and Environmental Science
Department of Geography, Dean International Students and the
Department of Geology Lecture by Dr. Asher Minns, Executive Director, University of
East Anglia,

Norwich, UK on “Science of Climate Change Communication and Climate
Change Trends”organized by Department of Geography, Dean International Students and
the Department
of Geology. The sectional presentations included presentations from various
branches such as Palaeontology, Environment Science and Structural and
Engineering Geology and Hydrology.
A quiz was held in the afternoon that was attended by all the
participating students and the Research Scholars of the three departments. Four
teams participated in the competition. This was followed by a Poster Session where
several students and Research Scholars presented their latest research work. These oral
presentations were judged by highly qualified faculty from Geography and Environment
Science Departments.
Section: Engineering and Management Sciences
The event at University Institute of Engineering &
witnessed wide participation in which researchers from all over India
Some of the reputed institutes that participated are DIHAR-DRDO, Anna
CSIO-CSIR, CCET, GGDSD College as well as Panjab University.
A total of 57 research papers on engineering,
management, fashion
technology, biotechnology were selected for oral and poster presentation after a
rigorous review process.
The plenary lecture was given by Prof Sunil K. Singh
from CCET on the
topic “Computing Reality”. The other judges were Prof. Rama Krishna
Challa, NITTTR,
Prof. Seema Kapoor, Dr. SSBUICET, Dr. Monika Aggarwal, UIAMS and Dr.
Ajay Mittal,
The event was conducted under the leadership of Prof.
Savita Gupta,
Section President and Director, UIET.
Section: Mathematical Sciences
Department of Mathematics
The session started with the expert talk by Dr. Subash
Chandra Martha,
Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar. The title
of his talk was
“Modelling on Wave Structure Interaction and Application”. He
discussed about the
mathematical model of the interaction of surface waves with a fixed
obstacle which has
wide applications in the fields of engineering. .

The delegates presented their research work through
oral and poster
presentations. There were total 68 registered delegates from
Mathematics, Statistics
and Computer science from various parts of the region who participated
in CHASCON-2019
under Mathematical sciences section on 14th March 2019. There were 22 oral
presentations and 03 poster presentations.

Among oral presentations, three best oral
presentations were selected
from respective departments and one best poster was selected among all posters.
This program was coordinated by Prof. R. K. Singla,
Dean Research and
Section president.

Section: Pharmaceutical Sciences
University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Department witnessed highest number of participation. The
sectional President Prof. Maninder Karan and sectional secretary Dr. Jai Malik
briefed, that there were more than 200 registered participants from
several states
including Himachal Pradesh (25), Punjab (20), Haryana (10), Uttar Pradesh (5),
Uttrakhand (10) and Chandigarh.
Apart from 90 poster and 12 oral presentations,
sectional quiz was
also organized by Dr. Vandita Kakkar, Dr. Amita and Dr. Ashok Yadav. Out of 16
participating teams 2 top team comprising of Yashita and Udaibir as
1st and Dhruvi
and Jitender as 2nd were also felicitated by Prof. Kanwaljit Chopra,
The program also included poster session conducted by
Dr. Anurag Kuhad
and Dr. Ashwani Kumar. There were 90 posters presented by research
scholars, post-
graduates and under-graduate students highlighting their research.
Similarly technical and oral sessions conducted by Dr.
Neelima and Dr.
Sangeeta, consisted of 2 invited talks and 12 oral presentations.
Prof. Parikshit
Bansal , Ex-Head IPR Cell , NIPER, Mohali who is also an inventor,
thought leader and
IP educator delivered talk on “New career Opportunities for students
in Pharmaceutical
Sciences in area of patents”. Dr. Neeraj Mehta, a UIPS alumnus from
Wiley Sciences
apprised the delegates and students about new emerging career
opportunities in Pharma
Chandigarh March 14, 2019

PU Results
It is for the information of the general public and students of Panjab
University Teaching Departments/Colleges in particular that result of
the following
examinations have been declared:-
1. M.C.A. 2nd Sem, Re-appear, Dec. 2018
2. B.E.(Chemical), 5th Sem., Dec. 2018
3. M.A.(Women Studies), 1st Sec., Dec. 2018
4. M.A.(Women Studies), 3rd Sem., Dec. 2018
5. M.A. English, 3rd Sem., Dec. 2018
6. B.E.(Chemical), 6th Sem. (Re-appear), January 2019
7. B.E.(Chemical) with MBA 8th Sem.,(Re-appear), January 2019
8. B.E.(Chemical) with MBA 6th Sem.(Re-appear), January 2019
9. M.A. French, 1st Sem., Dec. 2018
10. B.Sc.(Hons.) Zoology, (Re-appear), 4th Sem., July 2018

The students are advised to see their results in their respective
Departments/Colleges/University website.
Chandigarh March 14, 2019
On the fourth day of the workshop on “Inclusion: Making it
Happen”, Padma shri
Prof. Krishna Kumar, former Director of NCERT and Honorary Professor
Department of
Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh, delivered a talk on ‘Understanding
Inclusion’, which was chaired by Prof. Nandita Shukla Singh, Dean International
Students, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
He said that “Inclusion” is a new word but the concept is an
old one. Our
constitution is an example where, without the mention of the word
“inclusion” the idea
of inclusion finds expression, for example ‘Equality and Justice’.
Also, child-centred
pedagogy is inclusive in nature. But despite this, our system has exclusionary
character- A system which has a tendency to drop many children on the way. He
explained such exclusion with help of ‘social Darwinism’. He stressed
that in order to
effectively implement inclusion we must break down the nexus of exclusionary
categories- be it gender, caste, class, religion, language or any
other. He further
mentioned that our system follows social Darwinism.
Prof. J.S. Saini, former Head, National Institute of
Technical Teachers
Training & Research conducted a session on assistive technology for persons with
hearing and visual impairment. He shared his livid experiences and
challenges he faced
for his younger son who was born deaf. His narration sent out the
message that one has
to fight out the system to do the needful for the PWDs.
Prof. Priti Arun, Joint Director, Govt. Rehabilitation Institute for
Intellectual Disabilities, Sector 31, Chandigarh chaired the session.
Dr. Wasim Ahmed, Assistant Professor from Govt. Rehabilitation
Institute for
Intellectual Disabilities, Chandigarh and Dr. Monica Chhabra, senior
from PGIMER, Chandigarh made their presentations on Assistive
technology for persons
with ID and on loco- motor impair respectively.
Ms. Ruchika Sachdev, Principal, Primary wing, Mount Litera School
International, Mumbai discussed the structure of lesson plan. Prof.
Vandana Mehra,
Department of Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh chaired the session.
Chandigarh March 14, 2019
Health Awareness & Check-Up Camp was organized at Sardar
Vallabh Bhai Patel
Hall, Boy’s Hostel No. 4, Panjab University, Chandigarh for Mess and
Canteen workers.
Health checkup of the mess and canteen workers was conducted by
Medical Officers Dr.
Atul Bhardwaj and Dr. Ramesh Rattu.
The concept of Health Awareness & Check-Up Camp was initiated
last year, at
Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Hall, Boy’s Hostel No. 4, in association
with Centre for
Public Health. The Camp included the thirty minutes health talk regarding
Musculoskeletal disorder, Physical Activity, and Environmental
Consciousness by the
Dr. Meenakshi, Rajinder Kaur and Anish Patyal. Besides, the camp also
focused on the
issue of personal hygiene, cleanliness, handwashing technique followed
by the health
check-up camp of the Mess and Canteen workers.
The camp was inaugurated by Professor Emaual Nahar Dean Student Welfare.
Professor Nahar while addressing the mess and canteen workers
highlighted the need to
keep the kitchen and residential area neat and clean. Prof. Nahar
further highlighted
that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being. For a
healthy life cycle, a person needs to have a balanced diet and has to regularly
exercise. One must also live in a proper shelter, take enough sleep
and have good
hygiene habits.
The Coordinator of the Camp, Dr. Manoj Sharma apprised that
this is the second
consecutive year where such health camp has been organized at the
Panjab University
hostel. He apprised the health of workers is very important and we are
committed to
provide best facilities in the interest of student welfare and that
around thirty
workers are benefitted by this camp today.
Health camp also covered the concept of oral hygiene. It covered wide
dimensions including how to wash vegetables, how to cut vegetables,
how to cook under
hygienic conditions. Among those present included Dr. Manoj Kumar,
Warden Dr. Dinesh
Kumar and team of experts from Centre for Public Health and other
hostel residents and


Chandigarh March 14, 2019

13 th Chandigarh Science Congress Public Lecture.

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhadada, Professor, Department of Endocrinology,
PGIMER, Chandigarh gave lecture on ‘Increasing Menace of
Non-Communicable Disease: How to curb it’ as a part of CHASCON-2019.

He informed that the month of March is the ‘World Kidney
Month’ and second Thursday of March is “World Kidney Day”. He added
that Non-Communicable Diseases(NCD) are the most common cause of
mortality and morbidity in world now. Mortality caused by NCD
increased from 37.9% in 1990 to 61.8% in 2016 citing cardiovascular
and respiratory illness and cancers as the most common causes of NCD.
He added that even though diabetes is not in top 3 causes, it is the
major feeder for rest of these other illnesses.

He informed that Chandigarh is considered as the diabetic
capital of India and informed that as per the recent study by the
department of Endocrinology, high incidence of pre-diabetes (15%) and
diabetes (40%) have been indicated. It was also a matter of concern
that chronic kidney disease(CKD) is now progressively increasing
because of Mortality and morbidity. He added that Incidence of CKD is
directly proportional to hypertension and diabetes. Hypertension
correlates with salt intake and he advised ideally, salt intake should
be restricted to less than 5g per day.

He advised for the maintenance of ideal body weight which approximates
to Height in centimeters – 100 = Ideal weight in kg

Dr. Bhadada informed that ideal body weight can be achieved by
balanced diet and optimum exercise with restricted salt and calorie
intake. He advised for minimum 45 minutes per days exercise for at
least 5 days a week. But he cautioned that with Indian ethnicity,
there is a genetically predisposed risk for insulin resistance and
thus optimum time for exercise would be 1hr per day for 5 days a week.

Sh Devendra Dalai, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, and
Chief Executive officer, Chandigarh Renewable Energy, Science &
Technology (CREST) in his address appreciated the efforts of
organizing CHASCON. He informed about making efforts for developing
Chandigarh as a leading Solar city of the country.