Chandigarh February 25, 2020

A seven days’ National workshop on Basic and Applied Techniques in Life Sciences being organized by Department of Zoology, Panjab University, Chandigarh concluded here today. Prof. R.K. Singla, Dean Research, Panjab University, Chandigarh in his address appreciated the efforts and demonstrations made during the workshop. Being from computer science, he enriched the importance of computers in each arena of life science such as sensors, imaging techniques, robotic surgeries, life support systems etc. He suggested an integration of conventional and advanced scientific methods for their best use towards society welfare. Besides, he advised the participants for perseverance with enthusiasm as key to success.

Total 32 participants from different Universities, Institutes and Colleges across North India gained useful hands-on training in order to achieve high standards in their teaching and research. During the workshop, eminent scientists like Dr. Shailja Singh from JNU (Delhi), Dr. J.Y. Johnson from WII (Dehradun), Dr. Vinod Kumar from PGIMER (Chandigarh) and Dr. Srikrishna Subramanian from IMTECH (Chandigarh) were invited during hands-on workshop to motivate and ignite the young minds with their expertise and extraordinary research outcomes. Besides, the departmental faculty members gave hands-on training as per their expertise for various techniques of use in Life Sciences.

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Chandigarh February 25, 2020

Curtain Raiser

The Department of Hindi, Panjab University, will organize Krishan Kishore Grover and Avinash Chandra Bali Declamation Competition on February 28 from 10 am. The competition will be held at Gandhi Bhavan of the university. Participants can register in advance or on the day of the competition to participate in the competition. Dr. Gurmeet Singh, Chairperson, Department of Hindi, informed that there are three topics for both the competitions, out of which the participants can speak on any one topic. The topics for KK Grover Competition are- Hindi in the age of Information Technology; Young India, Empowered India; Environment Crisis and Us. The Topics for A.C. Bali competition are- Purpose of Literature; Media and Society; and ‘Rahiman Dhaag Prem Ka, Mat Todo Chatkaye’ . Dr. Singh further informed that, Dr. Sanjay Pandey will be the chief guest and Prof. Prashant Gautam will be the guest of honour for the K. K. Grover competition. The competition will be adjudged by Dr. Manish Sharma from the Center for Gandhian Studies, Dr. Bhavneet Bhatti from School of communication Studies and Dr. Harmail Singh from USOL,Punjabi Department.

Dr. Puranmal Gaur will be the chief guest and Prof. S.K.Tomar will be the guest of honour for the A.C.Bali Competition. Judges for the competition will be , Dr. Dinesh Kumar form Dept of Laws, Dr. Namita Gupta from Center for Human Rights and Dr. Praveen Goyal from UIET. It is pertinent to mention that KK Grover and AC Bali Declamation Competitions are being organized from many decades and the prize winners for the contests are awarded in the Convocation Ceremony of Panjab University.

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Chandigarh February 25, 2020

PU Result

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. Sc-Fashion Designing-5th Semester,Dec-19
  2. MA-Comparative Study of Religions-Ist Semester,Dec-19
  3. Voc-Journalism & Mass Communication-Ist Semester,Dec-19
  4. MA-Sanskrit-3rd Semester,Dec-19

The students are advised to see their result in their respective Departments/Colleges/University website.

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Chandigarh February 25, 2020

The Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies in collaboration with UNESCO Network Chair organized a special lecture of Ms. Elisabeth Jorgensen S. on “Salt and Salt tax and the Customs Line in India in the 19th Century”, here today.

The Chairperson of the Department Dr. Manish Sharma introduced the invited speaker and informed the audience that Ms. Elisabeth had already published 22 books on different topics and her recent work is on “Oh….India! Twelve Stories” in 2015 and her latest book is on biography of Bhagat Puran Singh of Pingalwara launched in 2020.

Ms. Elisabeth mentioned that the present research paper is based on the book published by Roy Moxham on “the Great Hedge of India” and of Mark Kurlansky’s “Salt – A World History”. In her presentation she mentioned that the tall and spiky customs hedge which traversed India went from Torbela in Punjab in the beginning of 19th Century and almost to the bay of Bengal. It was 2.504 miles long, and was constructed to extract tax on salt from the Indian population. But it all started with the Robert Clive’s battle of Plassey in 1757, which lead to entry of the East India Company in India. And the battle at Baksar in 1764, where the Mughals were totally defeated, marks the beginning of the British rule. A private company named «The Exclusive Company» was established by sixty-one civil administrators with Clive at its head, and given a total monopoly on the revenues of tobacco, betel nut, and salt.

She also mentioned that the salt workers had always been cruelly exploited. The mines were horrible places to be subjected to forced labour. At Khewra in Punjab, the workers (men, women and children), were locked inside and not let out until they had filled their quotas of salt. In 1876, 12 people were shot and killed as they objected to these working conditions. Old-fashioned excavation methods implied blasting a bigger and bigger cavern until it collapsed, often burying the workers inside. Later, the room-and-pillar method was introduced, a method which deliberately leaves about half of the mineral deposit undisturbed in the form of pillars to prevent the cavern's ceiling from falling in. It was G.H. Smith (appointed Commissioner of Customs in 1834) who transformed the Customs Line from a series of separate customs post into a coherent strong barrier. The hedge consisted partly of green hedge (live hedge), dry hedge (thorny material) and stone wall and ditches (where growing/cultivating was impossible). The construction and upkeep of this extraordinary endeavour required labour and logistics beyond imagination, and the customs officers were up against heavy attacks by hot stormy winds that swept parts of the hedge away, colonies of white ants, parasital creepers, frosts, pests, field rats, and locusts. In the end she also mentioned that Gandhi also choosed Salt as the right choice for the Staygraha as Salt is common to all wheather he is rich or poor. And in the end she mentioned that about the preposterous salt customs hedge, only very scant information can be found in the official archives. Originally, there must have been tons of documents about this disgraceful undertaking which employed so many thousands of people during so many years, and generated such vast sums of money – for the Company, and later for the British government. One might suspect that the ignominy of it has urged someone in high places to call for its total obliteration from history.

The lecture was also attended by Prof. Nandita Singh, Dean International Students and various Chairpersons of the Social Sciences Departments and a large number of research scholars and students of various departments.