Chandigarh May 20, 2019
Award to PU Faculty by the Linnaean Society of London
The Linnaean Society of London has awarded Dr. Ranjana Jaiswara, DST-INSPIRE
Faculty, Department of Zoology, Panjab University, Chandigarh a prestigious research
grant of £ 1000 (British pound) for the year 2019. The current research grant from the
Linnaean Society of London is to explore and document diversity of Indian cricket
species based exclusively on their acoustic signals. Crickets sound producing
structure is now being extensively studied by bioengineers and nanotechnologists to
design highly efficient and smaller speakers for portable devices like mobile phones
and hearing aids for humans. The Linnaean Society of London is the world’s oldest
active biological society founded in 1788 and named in the honor of the Swedish
naturalist Carl Linnaeus, “Father of Modern Taxonomy”. It is an international society
of many prominent scientists dedicated to the study of, and the dissemination of
information concerning, natural history, evolution, and taxonomy of biological
Dr. Ranjana recently joined PU with India’s most distinguished faculty award by the
Department of Science and Technology. She pursued her PhD degree from the top most
institute, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in collaboration with Museum
National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France. Over a decade, Dr. Ranjana’s research
work has been focused on demonstrating the use of acoustic signals as an efficient
tool in addressing the serious problem of species identification in biology.
Scientific publications in the international journals of Zoological Journal of
Linnaean Society, London and PLoS ONE are a few to evidence.
Press Release No.7728
(Renuka B. Salwan)DPR
Press Note 3(Photos attached)
Chandigarh May 20, 2019
CALEM workshop commenced at PU
The inaugural of the seven days National workshop on Qualitative Research
Methods in Social Sciences with focus on the theme Equity and Social Justice from May
20 -29, 2019, organised by Centre for Academic Leadership & Education Management
(CALEM), Department of Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh under PMMMNMTT scheme
of MHRD began today at ICSSR, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Prof. Padma S. Sarangapani from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, in
her keynote address, dwelled upon the three ideas relevant to the way of doing
qualitative research i.e. engaging patiently with subjects, getting them to talk and
evoking the idea of self as research instrument. She also emphasised the relationship
between researcher and researched and its importance in qualitative research.
Prof. Krishna Kumar, Former Director NCERT, New Delhi chaired the inaugural
session where he made all the participants ponder about the word quality in
qualitative research where quality reminds us about the nature of life and continual
of the relationship of researcher and researched is very essence of qualitative
Prof. Devinder Singh, Secretary to Vice Chancellor, Panjab University
highlighted the prejudices prevailing in the society and dire need to deliberate upon
these issues.
Dr. Jatinder Grover, CALEM coordinator from Department of Education, Panjab
University extended welcome to all the dignitaries and expressed that the workshop
provides an opportunity to deliberate at length on various issues related to
qualitative research.
The background paper on the theme of the workshop was presented by Prof.
Satvinderpal Kaur, Program Coordinator, emphasising the need to go beyond the dynamics
of the numbers and unravel the hidden realities through the tradition of the
qualitative research.
Prof. Latika Sharma, Chairperson of the Department extended vote of thanks to
all luminaries present during the inaugural.
A session on Two Ideas on Social Science by Prof. Emeritus Bhupinder Singh,
Department of Political Science, followed the inaugural. He emphasised that the method
of research, quantitative or qualitative, comes from two different conceptions of
social sciences where methodically collected evidences are crucial and he also
explained the epistemological issues of generating and disseminating knowledge. The
session concluded with the questions by participants which were explicated by the
resource person.
Chandigarh May 20, 2019
Every year Panjab University, Chandigarh awards two Medals to the toppers of
the Department of Anthropology, Panjab University, Chandigarh at Bachelor’s and
Master’s level. During the last convocation held in the month of April 28, 2019 Ms.
Nandani was awarded with a Professor (Dr.) S.R.K. Chopra Memorial Gold Medal for
standing First in (B.Sc. Hons.) Anthropology for the year 2018 and Ms. Harpreet Kaur
Saini was felicitated with Dewan Bahadur Wali Ram Taneja Gold Medal for standing First
in (M.Sc. Hons.) Anthropology for the year 2018.
The students brought laurels to the Department of Anthropology and the
Chairperson Dr. Kewal Krishan wishes the students all the best for their future
endeavours and further studies.