Chandigarh November 18, 2019
Two Days’ Seminar cum Workshop on
Academic Writings: Addressing the Contemporary Challenges
The Centre for Leadership & Education Management (CALEM), Department of Education,
Panjab University Chandigarh under the aegis of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National
Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT), MHRD, Govt of India is organizing two
days’ Seminar cum Workshop on November 21-22, 2019 on Academic Writings: Addressing the
Contemporary Challenges at ICSSR Hall, Panjab University. The keynote speaker will be
Prof. Krishna Kumar, Padma Shri and Former Director NCERT, New Delhi and Chief Guest
for the inaugural session will be Prof. Shankarji Jha, Dean University Instruction,
Panjab University, Chandigarh. The seminar will bring together the educationists,
academicians and researchers from eminent institutions across the length and breadth of
the country. The major objectives of the programme are: to gain an appreciation of what
quality means in the context of academic writings; to reflect upon the nuances of
writing and publication of quality research papers; to develop the ability to
appropriately frame and structure a research argument using evidence as per
disciplinary conventions; use research as a tool to find out the empirical evidence and
write quality reports on social issues to sensitize the society. This programme will
equip the participants with necessary academic writing skills and contribute to
increase their capability for organizing the idea in a formal structure to enrich the
academic literature.
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Chandigarh November 18, 2019

PUAA to host First Ever Annual Global Alumni Meet

Panjab University Alumni Association (PUAA), Chandigarh is hosting first ever 2
day Annual Global Alumni Meet on 28-29, November, 2019 at PU Law Auditorium informed
Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, PU and President, PUAA in the presence of Prof.
Deepti Gupta, Dean Alumni Relations and Secretary, PUAA.
The Guest of Honours of the event would be Mr. Sunl Arora, Chief Election
Commissioner of India and Mia Yen, Consul General of Canada in Chandigarh. During the
two day event, there will be academic interactions apart from cultural and award
ceremonies. PU VC also informed that some Alumni will be taken to their hostels for a
nostalgic trip. Even the Chief Guest is PU Alumnus and used to stay in Hostel No. 1. PU
is in the process of finalizing around 20-25 distinguished Alumnus for honouring them
at the event. PU VC informed that already 200 confirmations with families have been
received from India and 7 countries including US, UK, Canada, Philippines, Singapore,
Japan and Afghanistan.
The main objective behind organizing this event is to revive all alumni
chapters spread all over India and the ones established overseas, he informed.
Prof. Deepti Gupta, informed that there is a session on brand building for
higher education institutes, which will have presence of Mr. Sandeep Goyal, Advertising
Veteran, and Mr. Harit Nagpal, CEO, Tata Sky. Light, sight and sound play Sat Guru
Nanak Pargatya where lanterns and lights will mark 100 years of PU Honours School. She
further informed that tree plantation is planned on Day 2 of the event at PU Alumni
House. The session on commemoration of 550 years of Guru Nanak Dev Ji is being
coordinated by Dr. Prabhdeep Brar, Chairperson, University Institute of Fashion and
Technology. A panel discussion on My Vision of PU 2025 will have Professor Emeritus and
former VCs of PU. Also, an exhibition is planned to commemorate 150 years of Mahatma
Gandhi, which will be inaugurated on 25th November, 2019 and will be on till 29th
November, 2019. An Alumni Corridor is planned from Gandhi Bhawan to Law Auditorium for
these 2 days.
Meanwhile, Panjab University Chandigarh Alumni Association, Toronto, Canada
organized Alumni Meet and Annual Family Dinner 2019 in Brampton with the purpose to
create better opportunities for the Alumni to come together socially and for the new
Alumni to establish in Canada.
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Chandigarh November 18, 2019
Lecture at PU
Itihāsārthī of Department of History organised the fifth lecture in
connection of the
Lecture Series on ‘Guru Nanak Dev’, here today. The lecture was delivered by Dr. Jasbir
Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Panjab University. In his lecture,
“Poetics of Resistance: Guru Nanak in Punjabi Poetry”, he presented the political and
cultural resistances during the colonial period through the prism of Punjabi Poetry.
Guru Nanak fought against the social inequality, political oppression and religious
hypocrisy. Thus, he emerges out as an icon of resistance. The fight against colonial
exploitation and oppression included not only political resistance both violent as well
as non-violent but also included the cultural resistance which manifested itself
through literary constructions. Poetry remained the best articulation to fight colonial
project of redefining the communities as well as the barbaric suppression. In this
iconography of resistance, Guru Nanak remains best engaged motif by the Punjabi poets
during this period.

The lecture was organised in Department of History, beginning at 03.00 PM and
ended at 04.00 PM. The lecture was started with the introduction of the
Itihāsārthī and
the floral welcome of the guest Dr. Jasbir Singh followed by the introduction of the
theme of the lecture series. After that Prof. Anju Suri, Professor and Chairperson,
Department of History, Panjab University introduced formally our guest. Then the guest
Dr. Jasbir Singh delivered a wonderful lecture. Then the lecture ended with the formal
vote of thanks by Dr. Priyatosh Sharma, Associate Professor, Department of History,
Panjab University. Approximately 50 audience are the witness of this lecture who came
from various departments of the Panjab University and different colleges of Chandigarh.