Chandigarh, May 26, 2019

Engineering graduates of 2018 from PU awarded degrees during the Annual Degree Award Ceremony

The graduates of Panjab University, Chandigarh in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology during the year 2018 wore the graduation gowns during the degree award ceremony held here today in the University Auditorium.

Total of 863 passed out students of three engineering institutes of PU namely University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET),Chandigarh, Dr. S. S. Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (Dr SSBUICET), Panjab University Chandigarhand and UIET UIET Swami Sarvanand Giri Panjab University Regional Centre (SSGPURC) in, Hoshiarpur were awarded the degrees by Prof. V.K. Malhotra, Member secretary, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. Prof. R.K. Sinha, Director, CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organization, Chandigarh was the Guest of Honour on the occasion.

The degrees were awarded to 591 graduates and post graduates from UIET Chandigarh, 162 BE graduates of SSGPURC Hoshiarpur, 162 graduates and post graduates of Dr SSBUICET Chandigarh.

11 number of Young Assistant Professors and Research Scholars from UIET Chandigarh, 4 from Dr SSBUICET Chandigarh and 3 from SSGPURC, Hoshiarpur who published their research work in reputed journals during the last year were also honoured on the occasion.

Prof. V.K. Malhotra, chief guest of the day, delivered the convocation address on the occasion. He emphasized on pursuance of excellence to bring India on the forefronts of technology to provide solutions for mankind. He urged students to reach at par with top performing universities internationally. He stressed on the need for increasing funding for research as well as higher education which should be atleast 2-2.5% of the nation’s GDP. He concluded his address by saying that students must possess relevant skill sets along with an urge to learn to enhance their employment prospects.

Earlier, Prof Raj Kumar, Vice chancellor welcomed the chief guest and extended felicitations to the students and wished them good luck for their future. He addressed the students as the future ambassadors of the institute as well as the country. He narrated contributions of technological development in the region and appreciated the accomplishments of young graduates at various platforms. He emphasized that the students should be the providers of jobs and they should deliver in spite of all the hardships. He congratulated all the graduates and urged them to work hard for their bright future.

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Chandigarh, May 25, 2019

PU faculty awarded honorary status by American Society

Dr Kewal Krishan, Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Anthropology Panjab University, Chandigarh has been conferred the status of honorary member of the American Society of Forensic Podiatry (ASFP), Oregon, USA. An honorary member is a distinguished scientist who has provided exceptional service to the Society, and/or the field of forensic science. The honorary status is granted by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the Society.

ASFP is an organization of forensic scientists and doctors created for the advancement of the cause of forensic podiatry and to develop and maintain the highest standards of practice via research, discussion, education, publications. Forensic podiatry deals with the evidence related to human foot at the crime scene. The evidence may comprise of complete and partial footprints, static and dynamic footprints, footwear found at the crime scenes, impressions of the soles inside the footwear, foot remains at the mass disaster sites for criminal investigation and identification.

Dr Krishan is a renowned forensic scientist who has contributed immensely to the development of forensic anthropology and podiatry in India. He has devised some of the new techniques and methods regarding the footprint science which may be helpful in associating footprint with the criminal at the crime scene. Dr Krishan has to his credit more than 183 articles in reputed journals of forensics and anthropology including the chapters in the most coveted Encyclopedias of Forensics and high impact factor journals such as The Lancet.

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Chandigarh, May 25, 2019

Day 6 of National workshop by CALEM

The sixth day of the workshop on Qualitative Research Methods in Social Sciences organised by Centre for Academic Leadership & Education Management (CALEM), Department of Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh focussed on narratives, testimonies and ambiguities in issues of equity and social justice in qualitative research.

Dr Satvinderpal Kaur, the program coordinator introduced the speakers of the day.

In the first two sessions Ranjana Padhi, visiting faculty, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai focused on using narrative inquiry and testimonials as qualitative research methods. She focused on understanding narratives enquiries in social studies and how narratives breathe life in quantitative research. Narratives can bring to light the hardships and coping potentials of suffering peasantry and help to affirm their voices of sanity against modernization. She described that testimonies reveal the feelings and thought process of individuals. She elaborated that though the silence of individuals is difficult to break to pen down testimony but when this silence is broken it has lot to search for. She emphasized the need to construe that testimony is not just a speech, but a story that depicts the situation of individuals of the community.

In third session, Prof. S. Srinivasa Rao, Chairperson Zakir Hussain Centre for Educational Studies, JNU, New Delhi dwelled on conceptual ambiguities and methodological issues of equity and social justice. He shared the sociological aspects where it is the part of society to treat each other differently and the same has been found in primitive society which were not egalitarian completely.

The sessions were very interactive where participants shared their experiences. He explained that how inequalities in the society are created with varied kinds of discrimination. He also elaborated on the queries of the participants.

The day concluded with vote of thanks by Dr. Kuldeep Kaur, Program and CALEM Co-coordinator.