Chandigarh January 23, 2020
PU Employees on Election Duty with UT, Joins Back
In pursuance to efforts made by Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab
University, Assistant Election Returning Officer (AEROs) (SDM), Office of the Chief
Electoral Officer, U.T. Chandigarh, relieved 69 employees of the different branches and
departments of Panjab University who were deputed on the election duty for the General
Elections – 2019.
With the joining of these employees at the University, the administrative
functioning in branches/departments will be further streamlined.

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Chandigarh January 23, 2020
PU VC met Chief Architect
Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh had a meeting
with Mr. Kapil Setia, Chief Architect, Department of Urban Planning, Mrs. Roma, Deputy
Town Planner and Mr. Rajeev Mehta, Sr. Architect in his office.

The Master Plan, PU South Campus, Sector-25, Chandigarh submitted to the
Department of Urban Planning shall be considered positively for conceptual approval
with certain conditions laid down by that office. Regarding the submission of the
architectural drawings of Multipurpose Auditorium of P.U., the Chief Architect advised
to submit the same with Estate Office with the specific request to take up its
sanctioning as a stand-alone project.
Mr. Setia informed that the conceptual approval of Master plan, PU Campus,
Sector-14 has been examined and the approval may be accorded shortly after de-linking
it from the approval of Master Plan of South Campus Sector-25. However, P.U. shall have
to incorporate some features like- additional gate to P.U. as per the advice of that
office.
The matter of early allocation of additional land reserved for P.U., Chandigarh
in the Master Plan 2031, was also discussed and it was assured that this matter shall
also be taken up and finalized immediately after the approval of the Master Plans.
PU VC assured the Chief Architect and his team that the advise of Urban
Planning Department shall be considered, discussed in appropriate committees to
facilitate that office in according early conceptual approvals and allotment of
additional land to PU for its growing needs.
The meeting was also attended by the Panjab University officials including
Prof. S.K. Tomar, Director HRDC, Mr. Harpreet Singh, PU Architect, Mr. Inder Gulati,
Dr. M. Joshi, Secretary to Vice-Chancellor and Dr. Rohit Sharma.

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Chandigarh January 23, 2020

Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh organized a
lecture on Politics and Poetry, Reading Dhasal after Deleuze by Professor Mangesh
Kulkarni, Department of Politcs & Public Administration, Savitri Bhai Phule University,
Pune, here today.
He offered an account of Namdeo Dhasal poetic practice through the conceptual
lenses forged by G. Deleuze and F. Guattari. He sought to place the Marathi dalit
poet’s work in a broader literary and political landscape, and to scrutinise it in
terms of the following primary characteristics of minor literature adumbrated by the
two French thinkers: a language affected with a high coefficient of
deteritorialisation, a necessary connection between individual concerns and larger
power formations, as also a collective orientation geared to the generation of an
alternative community and consciousness. He underlined the transformative character of
Dhasal poetry that emanated from his traumatic lived experiences of humiliation and his
radicalism. Professor Kulkarni urged the audience to consider Dhasal and his like poets
(Lal Singh Deg and Pash) works as essentially political which also happen to be
deteritotialised in the sense that they strive to cover still uninhabited spaces of
minds, languages and geographical boundaries. Dhasal kind of dalit and marginalized
peoples; written literature can be referred as minor literature; in the sense that here
you have minority/marginal people writing in the language of the powerful/majority but
taking them on. As for the literary aesthetics of Dhasal poetry, despite using harsh
words and expression and being very direct, there has been great aesthetic and literary
values in them explaining the longevity of them and reluctant acceptance in the
mainstream marathi literature.
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Chandigarh January 23, 2020

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. B.Sc (Hons.) Bio-Technology-3rd Semester, Dec-19

The students are advised to see their result in their respective
Departments/Colleges/University website.
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Chandigarh January 23, 2020
AN OPEN FORUM ON VIVEKANANDA’S INDIA AT USOL

In commemoration of the birthday of Swami Vivekananda Ji, University School of
Open Learning (USOL), P.U. organized an “Open Forum” themed “India of Vivekananda” to
have deliberations on the life, teachings and interventions of Vivekananda.
The forum primarily focused on the Vivekananda’s Vision of India which includes
humanism, tolerance, inclusion, justice and value-inculcation. His exemplary life and
vision provides spiritual, intellectual and ethical resources that may be appropriated
for the cultivation of human psyche as well as social transformation and awakening.
On the occasion, the Dean University Instruction, Prof. Shankarji Jha stressed
the significance of the Vedantic philosophy that included an emphasis on “Unity in
diversity”, tolerance and integration of preaching and practice.
The key note Speaker Prof. H.P. Sah from Philosophy spoke about significance of
the speech of Vivekananda at London in 1896, to focus on an alternative vision of life
including detachment and freedom from bondage. His life is a message, the professor
stressed.
Ms. Alkaguri from the Vivekananda Kendra, Chandigarh spoke on the expansion of
consciousness from self to family to society to Nation for building of cosmopolitan
humanity.
Dr. Pankaj Srivastava from Philosophy department spoke on the significance of
Vivekananda’s teachings for the youth. Swami Aseemananda, founder Atmalingan Gurukulam,
spoke on the exploration of the truth, unity between doing and being and an educational
significance of Vivekananda’s teachings.
Mr. Piyush Punj, Principal, Vivekananda Millenium School, Pinjore, spoke on how
he trains the students in his school keeping in view the vision and teachings of the
Swami.
The USOL Chairperson, Prof. Madhurima Verma welcomed the dignitaries,
introduced the theme and emphasized the significance of Vivekananda’s teachings in the
cultivation of human sensibility and agency.
The event included students’ presentations from Govt. Model High School,
Sector-12, Chandigarh and made a poetic presentation. The forum included an active
participation from the faculty members from the different departments of the
University.
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Chandigarh January 23, 2020

International Conference on India’s Global Ascendency: Confluence of Innovation and
Sustainability in Business and Society on January 23, 2020.
University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS), Panjab University,
organised an International Conference on India’s Global Ascendency: Confluence of
Innovation and Sustainability in Business and Society, here today.
The chief guest on the occasion, Prof. AS Chawla, Vice-Chancellor, RIMT
University, Punjab discussed about the leading economies in the world and how Indian
economy had certain distinct characteristics which made it different from the rest of
the world. He emphasised on the potential of youth of India and also said that their
potential needs to be harnessed if India aspires to be a leading economy in the world.
The guest of honour for the conference, Prof. A.K. Saihjpal, Former Vice-
Chancellor, Baddi University of Emerging Areas in Science & Technology, Baddi; Former
Director, UIAMS in his address, shared his experiences to communicate the relevance of
innovation in the current times. He emphasised that while innovation was important, it
was equally relevant to contribute to society while realising ones’ personal goals.
Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, PU in his address motivated the participants
and said that India has witnessed holistic growth and social and economic upliftment in
recent years. Unprecedented challenges have also surfaced alongside this phenomenal
growth. These challenges require innovative solutions. Prof. Raj Kumar stated that
success of every innovation lies on providing sustainable and feasible solution to real
life problems.
Prof. Shankarji Jha, Dean of University Instructions, the chief patron for the
conference addressed the participants and said India has pride of place as one of the
fastest growing economies of the world. Prof. Jha said he was confident that the
conference would provide the basis for further debate and action on finding innovative
and sustainable solutions.
Prof. Upasna Joshi Sethi, Director, UIAMS, welcomed all the dignitaries and
presented the theme of the conference.
Two plenary sessions were also held at the conference by Dr. Mahesh Joshi,
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia and Dr. Edward
Roggers, NASA. Dr. Mahesh Joshi shared his views about the issues the researchers were
facing while doing their research. He stated that researchers should read industry
relevant journals and identify real issues. Mr. Joshi added that collaborations help in
achieving better research results.
Dr. Edward Roggers in his plenary session shared his experiences to motivate
the participants. He emphasized the importance of leadership in enabling innovation and
sustainable business ideas.
Various technical sessions were held during the conference where the
participants presented their research work across interdisciplinary areas of
management.
The valedictory session of the conference had Prof. Karamjeet Singh Registrar,
as Chief Guest and Prof. Keshav Malhotra Dean, Faculty of Business Management &
Commerce as guest of honour. He shared his views on India’s growth and the country’s
strengths. He urged the participants to be open to new research ideas.

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Chandigarh January 23, 2020

Awareness Campaign carried out in Village Sarangpur by PU
The Human Rights Volunteer Cell for Paralegal Services, Centre for Human Rights
and Duties, Panjab University, Chandigarh in collaboration with State Legal Services
Authority, Chandigarh organized an awareness campaign on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao at
Government Model Senior Secondary School, Village Sarangpur, Chandigarh. Sh. Mahavir
Singh, Member Secretary, State Legal Services Authority, Chandigarh. He talked to
students about the importance of education for the girl child. Dr. Namita Gupta,
Chairperson, Centre for Human Rights and Duties, Panjab University elucidated the
importance of education for girl child.
The event served as a platform to create awareness among the students regarding
the rights of the girl child. The students were shown videos highlighting the
importance and value of education. The students were also informed about the good
touch and bad touch to protect themselves from any adverse situation. Other activities
such as painting competition and tattoo making were also organized. The students of the
school and Panjab University shared their thoughts on the theme through poetry and
dance. The programme concluded with a rally flagged off from the school led by
Principal of the school Mr. Rajan Jain and Dr Upneet Kaur Mangat from Panjab
University.
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Chandigarh January 23, 2020
Dr. Renu Thakur, Professor at Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and
Archaeology, PU will be the new Coordinator of the Centre for Swami Vivekananda
Studies, Panjab University. Prof. Thakur will replace Dr. Nandita Shukla Singh of
Department of Education. This Centre was established by the UGC as a part of the IXth
Plan to commemorate the epoch-making social thinkers of India in 2001 and in 2007 it
was taken over by the Panjab University. Because of its Interdisciplinary nature, the
Centre encourages faculty, researchers and students across disciplines to join research
projects, Ph.D. program and various courses run by it.

Dr. Devinder Singh, Professor at Department of Laws, will continue to head Dr.
B.R. Ambedkar Centre of Socio-Economic Studies for the weaker sections of Society
Panjab University as Coordinator. Established in 2001, at PU the Centre basically
focuses on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's Life and Mission, his Legacy, Literature and its
Relevance, Philosophy and its Future Vision. The Centre also focuses on Dr. Ambedkar's
thoughts on Indian National Spirit and his approach for marginalized groups.
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Chandigarh January 23, 2020

Two day PU Media Fest 'SOCH' to begin today; Alumni Meet on Saturday
School of Communication Studies to host students from across North India

School of Communication Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh is all
set to host its Media festival, 'SOCH: Think Out Of The Box' on
Friday, 24th and Saturday, 25th January, 2020. This year's festival is
a tribute to the Former School of Communication Studies Professor,
Prof. (Dr.) Sanjay Wadwalkar, who passed away last December.

The festival was kickstarted by an energising flash mob of students at
University's star attraction Student Center on Thursday, 23 January.
The two day festival will offer various competitions to media students
and some events will be kept open for the general public.

Major competitions of the festival include Poetry slam: a competition
that can fetch you luring awards which will be followed by Poster
making and extempore. Media students will be encouraged to tickle
their creative nerve for Ad Mad to be followed by a very intresting Rj
Hunt. The festival will also host Spin a story, Street play, Debate
and the Media Quiz. Collage making, Photography, Audio Visual
Reporting, Documnetary, Open mic and Talent hunt will form the other
half of the 24th January. On the second day, Alumni meet 'Revivre
2020' will be held where eminent media personalities are expected to
grace the festival with their presence. Fashion show will be the star
attraction of the second day. A panel discussion on "Cyber Space: The
Grassroot media" will also take place. The whole event is being held
under the guidance of Chairperson, School of Communication Studies,
Sumedha Singh.

The two day festival will attract students from all over the Northern
Region including all major universities and colleges.
The major Sponsors for the show are Radio Mirchi 98.3, Aaho TV, Indian
Oil, Paul Merchants Chandigarh, Katani Dhaba, Swag Shakes, SMS Stop my
Starvation, IBS, Connect Overseas, Munjal Dental Clinic, Parveen Tiles
and Canam.