Chandigarh February 20, 2020
“19th International Melow Conference”
The 19th International Melow Conference will be held at the Department
of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh from
the 21st - 23rd February, 2020 by MELOW, The Society for the Study of
the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World. Founded in 1998, under the
name MELUS-India, MELOW endeavours to set up a global network of
scholars working on World Literatures. The 19th International
Conference of The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic
Literatures of the World touches on subjects like Connections in World
Literature, Traditions and Counter Traditions.

A wonderful opportunity has been provided to the scholars of Panjab
University and other literary aspirants by MELOW under the presidency
of Prof. Manju Jaidka in collaboration with the Dept. of English and
Cultural Studies chaired by Prof. Deepti Gupta, with Dr. Meenu Gupta
as the convenor.

The conference will begin with an Inaugural Session on the 21st of
February at 9.30 AM. Prof. Mukesh Williams from Soka University,
Tokya, Japan, will give the keynote address. A special invited Isaac
Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Prof Senath Walter Perera from
Srilanka. The conference will be spread across three days. There will
be a total of 34 sessions across three days, some plenary and the rest
parallel. There will over 150 registered delegates of which
approximately 30 hail from overseas: from Japan, Poland, US, Nepal,
Bangladesh, etc.

The three-day conference will be brought to a close with a
valedictory session on the 23rd February.

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Chandigarh February 20, 2020
New Norm of Governance in the States in India'

Department of Political Science, Panjab University organized Professor
JC Anand memorial lecture. The lecture was delivered by Professor
Harihar Bhattacharya of Burdwan University. Speaking on the theme "New
Norm of Governance in the States in India ".

For long the States in Indian federation were neglected in the study
of Indian politics. After the relative loss of ground by Congress in
the fourth general elections in India in 1967 at the hands of state
based and regional parties, the States became the subject of some
academic attention. But with the national emergency during 1975-77 and
return of late Indira Gandhi to power in 1980 and putting in place an
authoritarian regime, the importance of the States paled into
insignificance once again. There were struggles though for more
powers and autonomy in various States run by non-Congress parties. The
emergence of middle peasant castes led to the rise of these state
level parties and many of them succeeded to share power at the federal
level as the Congress declined in terms of its social coalitional
support.

The situation took a radical turn since 1991 when India embraced
neo-liberal reforms. There was some initial reluctance on the part of
the Centre to involve the States in the reforms but by the mid-1990s
it was clear that the States were strategically very important in
carrying out reforms. The Constitution of India assigned the tasks to
the States. There are four ways in which the importance of the States
has been recognized post-1991. First, the States are the real agents
of neo-liberal reforms. Second, the States have come to play important
instrumental role in decision making at the Centre in the age of
coalition governments. Third, the States are allowed more freedom of
action in matters of 'development' and governance----measured by the
quantum of private investment, foreign and nation, and by
infrastructural development plus the delivery of goods and services
(welfare and empowerment) to the socially and economically needy.
Fourth, the States have innovated public policies which have been
borrowed by the Centre for other States to follow. In the above
respect, there is a remarkable continuity across regimes from the UPA
(1 & 2) and the NDA since 2014.

Two critical issues that remain of concern are:

First, not all States have been able to reap the benefits of reforms
due to different environmental factors. Earler there was talk of
uneven regional disparities but now rich state- poor state syndrome
has become the stark reality threatening the federal fabric of India.
This disparity in development has been related to the different levels
of effectiveness of governance at state level. Now the challenge of
governance has shifted from stability and curbing violence to bring
about investment.

Second, development has not mitigated social discontent due to growing
inequality in income across the social scale.

Prof. Shankarji Jha, Dean of University Instruction and officiating
Vice Chancellor presided over the lecture.

Ms Urvashi Gulati, former Chief Secretary and former Chief State
Information Commissioner in her address shared that her father, Prof.
Anand besides being an excellent teacher and researcher, had a
multifaceted personality.

He had an uncanny ability to excel even in the fields which were once
alien to him. He had the capacity to convert challenges into
opportunities. He had remarkable insight and invested his time in
developing Human Resource and is fondly remembered by his students who
too have contributed to the welfare of society.

Ms. Meenakshi Chaudhary, former Chief Secretary, Haryana and Ms.
Keshni Anand Arora, Chief Secretary, Government of Haryana were
present on the occasion. The lecture was attended by PU Fellows,
Prof. Pam Rajput, Professor Ronki Ram, Professor Ranbir Chaudhary,
Professor Bhupinder S. Brar, Prof. Ramanjit Johal, Prof. Balram Gupta,
faulty, researchers and students.
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Chandigarh February 20, 2020
The Centre for IAS and other Competitive Examinations, Panjab
University, Chandigarh is going to start a fresh batch of coaching
classes for PCS(Judicial) examination from 2nd March 2020. The last
date for submission of applications form is extended upto 2nd March,
2020 (upto 12:00 noon). For more detail contact office 0172-278156 or
see the link: https://iasc.puchd.ac.in/show-noticeboard.php?nbid=1
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Chandigarh February 20, 2020
Continuing with the scientific streak, Prof. Indu Pal Kaur’s Team from
UIPS, Panjab University, won BRIC Technology Exposition 2020

Prof. Indu Pal Kaur’s team comprising of Ms. Simarjot Sandhu, Mr. Joga
Singh, and Dr. Gurpal Singh won 2nd position in BRIC technology
exposition 2020 held at CSIR-IMTECH, Chandigarh in collaboration with
Innovation Knowledge Progress (IKP) Knowledge Park, Hyderabad. The
technology exposition was focused to prepare innovators/startups for
pitching to investors, especially from industry and exposing them to
the ecosystem of raising funds.

The work was carried out by Ms. Simarjot Sandhu during her Ph.D.
tenure in the research lab of Prof. Kaur at University Institute of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Mr. Joga Singh, Research Scholar in Prof. Kaur’s lab presented the
research work proposed to lead to a product; CurPro S. CurPro S is a
sponge wound dressing containing nanocurcumin and a live probiotic in
combination, to be used for infected chronic wounds including burn and
diabetic wounds. Dr. P J Singh, Chairman and MD, Tynor Orthotics Pvt
Ltd, Mohali, on the spot announced a cash award of Rs 50,000 in the
name of Tynor Orthotics Research Award. The product CurPro S is a
novel product for which two Indian and one US patent have been filed
and is ready for technology transfer to the industries interested in
wound dressing materials.
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Chandigarh February 20, 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. MA-Human Rights & Duties-Ist Semester,Dec-19

2. M.Com (Business Innovation)-Ist Semester,Dec-19

3. MA-Ancient History & Archeology-Ist Semester,Dec-19

4. Master in Fashion Designing and Management-3rd Semester,Dec-19

5. BALLB (Hons.)-9th Semester, Dec-19

6. B.Com LLB (Hons.)-9th Semester, Dec-19

The students are advised to see their result in their respective
Departments/Colleges/University website.
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Chandigarh February 20, 2020

FDP on Social Transformation kick starts at PU

One week long Faculty Development Programme on 'Social Transformation'
started at Human Resource Development Centre, Panjab University, here
today.

Inaugurating the programme, Sh. Satya Pal Jain, Ex-MP highlighted the
social transformation witnessed by the world generally and in India
specifically. Illustrating and lauding the theme of programme, Jain
underlined the instruments and instrumentation of social change.
Further, he said that to harbinger growth oriented governance, today
there is a need to identify the factors which hinders transformation
so that they may be plugged.

Later, Prof. Virender Kumar delved upon social transformaion in India
through law with special reference to Sabrimala temple issue. In his
lecture, Prof. Kumar cautioned that social transformation is not be
confused with social change and law is one of the instruments of
social transformation. Further, he said that social change becomes
social transformation when change becomes integral part of our
thoughts and action.

Dr. Dinesh Kumar, Coordinator said that the programme will draw
distinguished resource persons including senior academicians,
administrators, bureaucrats, technocrats for different sessions.

Prof. S.K. Tomar, Hony. Director shared that 31 participants from
different domain of knowledge from more than seven states are
participating in this interdisciplinary programme.

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Chandigarh February 20, 2020
Curtain Raiser
University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), Panjab University,
Chandigarh is organising the 6th edition of its Annual Law Fest,
Arguendo being organized from 21st – 23rd February 2020. This event
comprises of two different competitions, first being the 6th All India
Gurcharan Singh Tulsi Criminal Law Annual Moot Court Competition, 2020
and the 9th UILS National Client Counseling Competition, 2020.

A total of 24 teams from across the country are participating in this
three day competition to sharpen their advocacy skills and show off
their eristic qualities. The competition is divided in to preliminary
rounds, quarter finals, semi-final and then final rounds. The final
rounds are to be adjudged by Justice Pramjeet Singh Dhaliwal-
President Punjab State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, Justice
SS Saron- Retd.HC Judge, Justice AN Jindal- Retd. HC Judge, Justice
Raj Shekhar Attri- President Chandigarh State Consumer Dispute
Redressal Commission and our Guest of Honour for the event is Sr
Advocate KTS Tulsi.

The cash prize of 6th UILS National Trial Advocacy Competition 2020
and 9th UILS National Client Counselling Competition, 2020 is Rs.
2,00,000/- andRs. 50,000/- respectively.

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Chandigarh February 20, 2020
Vortex 2020 the annual academic and cultural fest of
Department of Physics, Panjab University kick started today on an
enthusiastic note with Marathon. Arjuna awardee Sh. Balwinder Singh
Dhaliwal was Chief Guest at the marathon which the participation of
150 participants. Aparna Joshi from Zoology Department, PU and Udit
from Lovely Professional University won the top positions.

The two-day fest was inaugurated by Prof. Shankarji Jha, Dean
University Instruction and officiating Vice Chancellor, Prof. Navdeep
Goyal, Chairperson, Department of Physics, Prof. Manjit Kaur and other
dignitaries with the lamp lighting ceremony. Prof Manjit Kaur
addressed the students and shed light on the history of Vortex.

The inauguration ceremony was followed by many academic and literary
events that brought out skills of students from various disciplines.

The poster presentation session was divided into two categories of
undergraduate and graduate students. Simran and Ghanshyam from PU
Physics department won in the graduate category while Aneet and Yukta
won in the undergraduate category.

Scientific Rangoli was won by Monika and Payal. Other events included
first rounds of debate, ad mad, science quiz, poetry slam. Folk fiesta
- cultural competition was held at evening and was marked with
performances representing various cultures. Besides the competitions,
creativity and entrepreneurship of students was displayed at the fest
carnival with stalls set up by students that sold handmade items and
conducted fun games. Day one of the Vortex ended with prize
distributions of Folk fiesta, Rangoli, Poster and Marathon events.

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Chandigarh

Seminar on Cultural Studies for Post Graduate Students and Research Scholars

The Department of English and Cultural Studies, Panjab University Chandigarh in its endeavor to offer support and encouragement to young researchers, organized a one-day seminar exclusively focusing on Cultural Studies, under the stewardship of Prof. Deepti Gupta, Chairperson, Department of English and Cultural Studies, here today.
The seminar aimed to focus on various mediums of communication that inform and shape culture in fundamental ways, from the arrival of radio to YouTube, television or film, all have generated and ossified their own cultural fields over the years, creating cultures within culture. The seminar papers presented explored these various layers of culture that have begun to emerge due to the intervention of new technologies in the life of people. Papers presented in the seminar ranged from demonstrating a canonical understanding of culture to the arrival of popular culture and within it various other subcultures that playfully subvert the dominance of the classical culture; such as ‘mass culture’ or ‘celebrity culture’ that in the name of entertainment, pleasure or leisure often stupefy masses into a mode of uncritical consumerism.
20 papers were presented and all the presenters were awarded cash prizes along with valuable feedback by the jury. The esteemed panel of judges comprised of Prof. Pushpinder Syal,Dept. of English and Cultural Studies, Prof. Rajesh Sharma ,Head of the Department of English at Punjabi University, Patiala, Prof. Rana Nayar ,a translator of poetry and short fiction from Punjabi to English, and Prof. M L Raina ,Retired Professor of English, Panjab University and a visiting Professor at Princeton (1971-72) and Rutgers University who motivated the presenters with their encouragement and patronage.
Also in attendance was Anusha Singh, a lawyer turned corporate communications consultant and writer. Her opinion pieces on gender and life’s nuances are a regular feature in leading publications like Hindustan Times, The Hindu, and Thrive Global India. An alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College and a LL.M Gold Medalist, she has and continues to work intensively with organizations in creating engaging narratives on cross-functional initiatives and industry specific innovations. It was also announced that the bi-annual journal of the department, dialog, will publish the best papers presented at this seminar.
The seminar began with Prof. Rajesh Sharma reiterating the importance of Books to give new meanings to texts. He invoked Walter Benjamin and his engagement with everyday life. The terrain of freedom he gave to the reader can help students comprehend the peasantry of Punjab and the industrial workers of Mohali.

Prof. Sharma dared the scholars to be radical and not lose themselves in the boring, sterile, ostentatious pedantry of research. This was followed by Aditi and Komal who collaborated to present a paper invoking Mathew Arnold, Jonathan Swift to suggest a way to seek the self - invoking culture. This was followed by Amanbir who in her paper discussed the sustained, self- reflexive approach to queer in children’s media and the transposed culture it represents.
Anchal Jamwal who examined the speeches of President Obama through the prism of Transitivity of Experimental Metafunction and Interpersonal Metafunction. This was followed by Arunjot and Pauvni Sharma who collaborated to discuss how eco-criticism and women liberation go hand in hand with nature and anthropocentricisim. Later, Ayushee Arora presented a paper alluding to the homosexuality and the perceived derogatory perversion it tends to encourage and superhero literature and its male gaze driven identity crises.
Keeping up with the scholarly ambiance, Deeksha Khajuria presented her paper titled “From Robbers to Revolutionaries: How the Bushrangers embodied the Antihero Archetype and became a Cultural Icon” in which she talked about the reasons for the heroic reputation awarded to the bushrangers, robbers and thieves. She discussed the colonial oppression of the aboriginals and how a shared enemy led them to identify with the criminals.

This was followed by Jagsir Singh who talked about contemporary Punjabi songs and their double standard innuendoes and the gun culture they patronize. Next were Khushboo and Shubhkarman who collaborated on. This was followed by Manjit Singh who in his paper discussed the depiction of Kashmir in journalistic media. He was followed by Parvanshi Sharma and Anisha Sindhu who collaborated on their paper titled “Deconstructing Postfeminist Women: A Comparative Study of Selected Web Series in Terms of Dominant, Residual and Emergent Elements” to explore the reconfigured feminism of women in control of their sexuality.
Discussing the cultural aspects of illustrative Mahabharata, the next presenter Rashmi Sharma in her paper titled “The Graphic Mythologies of Mahabharata in Jason Quinn’s Kaurava Empire Vol.1” deliberated how iconographic realm of Mahabharata has come a long way from Amar Chitra Katha. Following her was Shikha Thakur who in her paper who discussed the universal falseness and subjective truth of myths and Sita’s conviction to make her own decisions in The Forest of Enchantment by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Next came Simrat Khurana who dissertated on historical amnesia which has eclipsed the narratives around the Holocaust in her paper titled “Countering Historical Amnesia through Popular Culture: Poetics of Remembering and Forgetting Holocaust and Cultural loot in Denial, The Monuments Men and Women in Gold.” Also presenting were Phaguni Bist, Pavani Gaurangi, Smrity Jayera.
Abiding by the enriching and humanizing theme of the seminar, Vijaylaxmi began her presentation by reminiscing a conversation with her grandfather and enunciating the loss of a culture, language and an identity during partition. This was followed by Vipula Sharma who in her paper discussed Ambedkar ethics in casteism struggle in rural areas. The concluding speaker for the seminar was Vishakha Goyal who elaborated on Urdu poetry which is immortalized through its oral presentation as well as by audience’s applause and brought this expository, academic sojourn to an erudite end.
The presentations were followed by a detailed and enlightening discussion by the judges wherein they gave feedback on individual papers and discussed how to improve upon them. Prof. Deepti Gupta then presented the judges with tokens of appreciation.
Prof. Sharma ended the event with an address asking the participants to not limit themselves, to go beyond the obvious, and to let go of theoretical jargons. Only then, he emphasized, can one truly understand the scope of cultural studies.