Chandigarh January 22, 2020

The annual Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Lecture

The annual Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Lecture was organized by the
Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh, here today. Dr. Ishwar
D. Gaur, Professor of History, Department of Evening Studies, delivered this year’s
lecture on ‘Shaheed Bhagat Singh: Historiography and Cultural Employment’. In his
lecture, he drew attention to a wider variety of concerns pertaining to the study of
history. Moving away from what he called the unilinear approach in historiography, he
argued for the need to pay attention to the lived experience of the people as available
in folklore in the study of history. He argued that folklore and folklore and folk
archives help us understand the ‘aesthetics of History’. He employed this approach to
study the way Bhagat Singh has been invoked in folklore traditions of Punjab as opposed
to his mainstream popular representations. He drew particular attention to two
indigenous traditions of Punjab- Qissa and Ghoddi through which the tale of Bhagat
Singh has been narrated. The two indigenous literary works that he uses to understand
Bhagat Singh are Didaar Singh’s ‘Qissa Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1968)’ and the matrimonial
song format Ghodi adopted by Ram Lubaya Tahir sung on the occasion of Bhagat Singh’s
first death anniversary in 1932. The Qissa talks of Bhagat Singh as the fusion of the
patriot and the lover whereas the Ghoddi portrays him as the bride groom of death. Both
of them draw on the folk cultural traditions of Punjab and can be traced to the works
of figures like Kabir, Guru Nanak and Baba Farid. Arguing for the need to analyse such
lyrical employment in history, writing Prof Gaur claimed that the juxtaposition of
linear and lyrical history is also an ideological and political fight.

Prof. Mangesh Kulkarni, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, in his
presidential address stated that the popular conception about Bhagat Singh was
influenced by the dominant narratives that he was a revolutionary icon. But in
consensus with Prof. Gaur, he agreed that folklore can provide a multi layered
portrayal of history.

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Chandigarh January 22, 2020

USOL organizes open forum to discuss “INDIA OF VIVEKANANDA”

The calendar of the academic events of University School of Open Learning, begins with
a very innovative programme- USOL OPEN Forum. Rightly themed India of Vivekananda, this
first Open forum is rightly timed to as January is the month when the nation celebrates
National Youth Day to commemorate the birthday of youth icon- Swami Vivekananda. The
programme offers an open platform to young students, youth, faculty, Vivekananda
scholars and Spiritual Masters to reflect, deliberate and share their views, concerns
and aspirations of India of past, present and future.

In the event while eminent Vivekananda Scholars like Swami Aseemananda ji, Prof. H.P.
Sah, and Sushri Alkagauri will deliver their discourses and special addresses. Sh.
Piyush Punj, Principal Vivekananda Millenium School , Pinjore, will share his
experiences of implementing Swami Vivekananda’s educational philosophy in his school
curriculum.

Prof. Shankarji Jha will be the Chief Guest of the event. Young students drawn from
different schools will give their cultural presentations to express their aspirations
of the future India. Later in their special slots, young students and the faculty of
USOL will have their say, raise their concerns and seek answers to their questions from
the experts. Interested participants can register on the spot to speak up in a special
slot reserved for young students.

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Chandigarh January 22, 2020

a lecture on Men’s Mobilisation in
Contemporary India
Department of Sociology in collaboration with the Department of Political
Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh organized a lecture on Men’s Mobilisation in
Contemporary India by Professor Mangesh Kulkarni, Savitribai Phule Pune University,
Pune and a Visiting Fellow, Department of Political Science, here today.
Last three decades have been witness to greater awareness about gender as a
social category and also how masculinity is detrimental to gender cause. Women
mobilization around the issues of development, rights and justice has had its
resonances world over. Women’s mobilisation for gender justice emerged in India during
the 1970s and is by now a familiar feature of our social landscape. Colonial era laws
have been opposed and there have been many gender-just progressive laws. Women
movements have come of age taking up issues. Recently, “Me Too” movement was an
example. Violence against women also has invited very stringent laws in the wake of
Nirbhaya case.
However, it often goes unnoticed that over the last quarter century the country
has also witnessed the rise of men’s s groups focusing on gender issues. Groups like
Men against Violence and Abuse work with men to promote the feminist agenda. They have
been using innovative means to challenge and root out patriarchal mindsets. Groups like
Humsafar Trust seek to end discrimination against gay men and provide support to this
sexual minority. They won a major legal battle in 2018 when the Supreme Court
decriminalized sex between consenting adult men. While the pro-feminist and gay-
affirmative groups have a progressive orientation, others like Save Indian Family
Foundation fight perceived feminist excesses and champion men’s rights.
Specifically, they target laws like Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code which
punishes cruelty to a woman by the husband or his relatives making the offence as non-
bailable and non-countable. There has been a save Indian family movement to resist this
law. To roll back this backlash and to usher in a gender-just society, the women’s
movement should work in solidarity with the first two types of groups.
Prof. Ronki Ram, PU Fellow, presided over the function. Faculty, researchers
and students attended the function.
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Chandigarh January 22, 2020
Special Interactive Meeting
Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh chaired the special
interactive meeting with Prof. Emanual Nahar, Dean Student Welfare, Prof. Neena
Capalash, Dean Student Welfare(W), Wardens and officials of the University, here today.
He urged all to work towards National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)
Ratings which is due in the year 2022. All efforts for improvement in the NAAC ratings
be made by concerned officials.

PU VC asked them to ensure for better infrastructure facilities for the all-round
development of the residents. The Wardens were asked to plan activities for the welfare
for the residents in order to inculcate in them, the spiritual, moral and ethical
values.

He urged all to provide basic facilities and amenities to the residents. Availability
and accessibility to the residents also be ensured for the feedback and the redressal
of their grievances.

PU VC assured of all help for the welfare of residents. He further gave the directions
for revamp of solar panels installed in the hostels. He also instructed for renovation
of mess/canteens.

He desired that the residents be motivated to enrol for Earn While Learn to provide
them hands on experience of various activities of PU.

The meeting was attended by Prof. R.K. Singla, Dean Research, Prof. Devinder Singh
among other officials of the University.

Later, PU VC interacted with the elected members of Panjab University Campus Student
Council and desired that the Council should work for the betterment of the facilities
to the students of the Campus so that, the ranking and grading of the University can be
improved.
On the demand of students, it was desired that possibility of issuing monthly
passes of E-Rickshaw be explored. It was also desired by PU VC that various parks in
the South Campus be developed with flood lights installed in the same.