Chandigarh May 22, 2020

8th webinar was conducted by the Department of Political Science, Panjab University today on the theme of 'Covid 19 Pandemic, Medical Challenges and Hope'. The invited speaker was Dr. (Prof.) K.K. Talwar, Advisor, Government of Punjab, Health and Medical Education; Former Director PGIMER, Chandigarh; Prof and Head, Cardiology, AIIMS, New Delhi; Chairman, Board of Governors, Medical Council of India.

Prof. Talwar enumerated upon two major problems faced by the medical fraternity. First, the mortality rate may not be high but the time span of the deaths is quite short which highlights the highly contagious nature of the Covid 19. Second, lack of drug is worsening the handling of the patients. He stressed upon the need to continue with social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands and discussed how the Covid 19 is a strange disease which follows no rule. While the average mortality rate in the world is 7%, India's mortality rate stands at 3%. 80-85% of patients in India has mild symptoms or is asymptomatic but Prof. Talwar explained that the patient is highly contagious while he is asymptomatic, leading to rapid spread of the disease. So the circumstances are quite tricky for India and no laxity can be afforded.

He also lamented on the fact that non Covid patients have been suffering in this pandemic and the hospitals need to start catering to them too. He ended his lecture commenting how Punjab has been performing well with a steep rise in recovery rate. A question answer round was moderated by Professor Ronki Ram, Dean Faculty of Arts where the participants got to clarify their queries. This event was organized by Dr. Navjot, Chairperson Department of Political Science. She informed that around 80 participants joined the webinar.

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Chandigarh May 22, 2020

Numbers Uploaded onWebsite for Admission Queries

The mobile numbers of faculty / dealing officials of various teaching Departments for Admission purposes and officials of CET Cell for various Entrance tests related queries,have been updated on the main page of Panjab University website at http://puchd.ac.in , informed Prof R K Singla,Dean of University Instruction,Panjab University.However, the helpline numbers for examinations will remain same.

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Chandigarh May 22, 2020

Webinar by Gandhian Studies,PU

The Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies, Panjab University,CHandigarh in collaboration with the UNESCO Network Chair organized a special webinar with Professor Surinder K Shukla on “Peace and COVID 19: Understanding the Deepening Crisis of Migration and Women through Alternative Articulation and New Ethnographic Methodology” today.

In her address, Professor Shukla informed that with the spread of the COVID 19 Virus, new challenges are emerging up. To understand the deepening crisis we need newer methods of analysis ie., the Alternative hypothesis and New Ethnographic models that entail examining the behaviour of the participants (migrants and women in this case) in a given social situation and also understanding group members own interpretations of such behaviour. Migrant exodus is unabated as fear of virus spread has forced border shutdown. Crisis is estimated to push more than 60 million people into extreme poverty as jobs squeeze. In the era of COVID 19 situation we need to redefine the Globalization. The answer is that it is not unsuccessful but is as fragile as the man himself. How fast is the downturn will depend on behaviour of the virus itself, public health response and economic interventions? Gandhi’s philosophy of self-sufficiency can help in assuring fear and bring peace in the changing world order where COVID pandemic is the Game changer.

In the end, different questions were asked by the various faculty members and students. The lecture was well attended by different faculty members of Panjab University, Chandigarh and from across India. Dr Manish Sharma, Chairperson. Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies proposed vote of thanks to all.

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Chandigarh May 22, 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.Ed. Special Education ( Intellectual Disability) Ist Sem. Jan. 20

2. B.Ed. Yoga Ist Sem. Dec. 19

3. Master of Fine Arts Ist Sem. Dec. 19

4. LLM (One Year Course) Ist Sem. Dec.19

5. M.Com. (Entrepreneurship and Family Business) Ist Sem. Dec.19

6. Bachelor of Physical Education Ist Sem. Dec.19

7. Bachelor of Physical Education 3rd Sem. Dec.19

8. M.A. Philosophy 3rd Sem. Dec.19

9. B.Voc.(Beauty Aesthetics and Wellness) 3rd Sem. Dec.19

10. B.Voc.( Retail Management ) 3rd Sem. Dec.19

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

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Chandigarh May 22, 2020

Guru Amardas Ji reconstructed Indian Society on the basis of Capability not on caste

Dr. Jaspal Kaur Kaang, Professor & Academic Incharge of Department Guru Nanak Sikh Studies participated in a webinar organized by the Shri Vivekanand Cultural Center,Consulate General of India( CGI), Sydney on the ‘Significance of Teachings of Guru Amardas Ji’ in the Temporary times, today.

Dr. Kaang was the main speaker of the webinar with three speakers more. Mr. Satnam Singh Baweja, Chairperson, Australian Sikh Association. Mr. Harmohan Singh Walia, President, Global Organisation Of People Of Indian Origin(GOPIO) , Sydney. Mr. Ajmer Singh from Gurdwara Glenwood and Madam Siranjit Kaur, Director SVCC, Cultural Wing of CGI Sydney,

Mr. Ramanand Garge welcomed the participants. He expressed his views about Sikh Guru Shri Guru Amardas Ji. Dr. Kaang while expressing her views about the contribution of Guru Amardas Ji said that Guru Ji’s contribution is remarkable as he reconstructed the Indian Society on the parameters of Capability not on any other supremacy of Caste. She also expressed that Guru Amardas Ji has done his great effort to curb the social evils regarding the tragic state of women in India like Sati Pratha and Parda Pratha. Guru Ji liberated women from all evils and strengthened their existence in the society. Dr. Kaang also focused that Bani of Sri Guru Amardas Ji is of Human Concerns which is in Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Many teachers from Panjab University and from other colleges along with research scholars attended.

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Chandigarh May 22, 2020

Webinar by the Department of Defence and National Security Studies

The Department of Defence and National Security Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, as part of it’s ongoing online academic endeavors during the Covid-19 lockdown, organised a Special Webinar on the theme – “Proxy War in Jammu and Kashmir” by Lt Gen Gurdeep Singh, PVSM, AVSM, former Chief-of-Staff, Western Command, today.

The General who holds a vast experience of service in Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the domains of counter infiltration and counter insurgency, began his lecture by explaining the history of the proxy war in J&K, while highlighting its evolution over the last three decades. Pakistan started the proxy war because the Pakistan Army feels that training and arming terrorists is the cheapest option available to create mayhem in J&K.

In the recent years it has also been using social media and cyber-warfare for this purpose.

It is only a very small part of the Kashmiri population which is radicalized and we need to accept the fact that a resident of J&K is as patriotic as any other Indian. There has been a lot of Jingoism in the media about the state. Only negative stories are highlighted while the positive ones are ignored. This needs to stop in order to build trust.

The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is divided into two parts by the Pir Panjal Mountain Ranges – the Jammu Region and the Kashmir Valley. The Jammu region extends from Kathua to Poonch. Although cross border firing does occur in the Line of Control in this region but infiltration has reduced. However it is the International Border of this region which has seen an increase in infiltration followed by several terrorist attacks including the Pathankot Air Base attack.

The Kashmir Valley population is a predominantly Muslim, with a sizable portion of Sikhs and a sprinkling of Kashmiri Pandits who stayed back. The situation in this region is stable but fragile. Presently there are about 200-250 terrorists in this region, in the last ten years the numbers of local terrorists in Kashmir has grown while numbers of foreign terrorists has reduced.

The Ladakh Union Territory which was earlier a part of the State of Jammu and Kashmir includes the Kargil and Ladakh areas. The population of Ladakh is largely Buddhist while in Kargil, it’s a Shia Majority. However, the situation in these areas have always been peaceful.

Further, he emphasised that our Politico-Security Strategy should be aimed at Conflict Resolution instead of Conflict Management. If there is any lack of trust or alienation in any section of the population, then it should be addressed. Another step, he advocated, can be restoration of 4G internet, if it has any ill effects, then it can be stopped again. Once the Corona outbreak is over, J and K should be given statehood again and fresh elections should be held. Establishment of Industry should be promoted by building confidence in the investors and businessmen. Tourism should also be revived as it’s the main source of livelihood for the locals. Education is a key area for improvement and more and more boarding schools should be opened. It would help in deradicalising young minds. The creation of communication infrastructure would help in fighting the proxy war.

Our security strategy is three-pronged to include prevention of infiltration on the Line of Control; engaging terrorists in the hinterland; and targeting the terrorist leadership. We have been able to bring down the average age of the terrorist, and several steps are being taken to engage the parents of the terrorists so that they surrender. This proxy war has been going on for long but there has been reduction in the number of terrorists active in the region with time. All the measures discussed should help in countering the proxy war.

The webinar was attended by various faculty members, serving and retired armed forces officers pursuing courses in the department, research scholars and students.

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Chandigarh May 22, 2020

Panel Discussion of VC's, Academicians and Institutes held online by PU

UGC- HRDC, Panjab University, Chandigarh organized a Panel discussion of Vice-Chancellors, Academic Administrators of the prominent Higher Education Institutes of North Indian Region of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on the theme -Impact of Covid-19 on education system and the way ahead.

The inaugural address was made by Professor Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, PU who highlighted the necessity to look at the pandemic as an opportunity and adapt and modify accordingly. He predicted that revolutionary changes will be seen in the domain of Science Research which will shift from isolated to collaborative mode of research. Due to the reverse migration to the rural areas, new equations will emerge and even village will become new centres of growth.

Professor B.K. Kuthiala, Chairman of the Haryana State Higher Education Council chaired the panel discussion and set the agenda on the themes of Local to Global, Digital Gap, Back to Farm Land, Diversity Challenges and training of teachers. He said that the international narrative is moving around setting a new normal which can be catagerized into the immediate normal and the distant normal. The main question is whether we can surmount the challenge or we will compromise and dilute the quality.

Professor Sushma Yadav, Vice-Chancellor, B.P.S. Women’s University, Sonepat gave her inputs about the intangible aspects of caring for the students, philosophical questions in education and development of resilence, creativitiy and emotional cohesion through education.

Professor Rajbeer, Vice-Chancellor, MDU, University, Rohtak focused on the digital divide and the challenge of providing safety and hygine to the students in the class rooms, hostels and all areas of the campus.

Professor B.S. Ghuman, Vice-Chancellor reported the initiatives that

Punjabi University, Patiala has taken by teaching and administration through digital mode, dedicated webpage and resource pooling.

Professor B.S. Punia, former Vice-Chancellor, MDU, Rohtak reminded that the University should do well to remember their mentoring role and that embracing change should be the new mantra.

Profesor S.K. Tomar, Director, UGC- Human Resource Development Centre, Panjab Univesity, Chandigarh and Dr Jayanti Dutta, Deputy Director hosted the discussion and shared about the UGC HRDC initiative of creating a platform for debate and discussion with different stakeholders of higher education about their role in navigating the crisis.

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Chandigarh May 22, 2020

Webinar Series Initiated on Museums at PU

The Department of Art History and Visual Arts PU initiated the First Museum of Panjab University Webinar Lecture Series. The speaker at the webinar was eminent Professor of Art History and former Director of the Fine Arts museum at Punjabi University Patiala, Professor Saroj Rani.

The webinar was dedicated to the loving memory of Late Professor Shankar ji Jha former Dean University Instructions, PU by Dr. Tirthankar Bhattacharya ,chairperson .

Further Dr. Tirthankar Bhattacharya thanked the Vice Chancellor Professor Raj Kumar for having initiated the Museum Webinar series which was an innovative approach towards making the Panjab University Museums popular.

Professor Saroj Rani spoke about the "contribution of museum and art gallery in art and culture" with special reference to the Punjabi culture and traditions preserved in the museum at Patiala university. She lucidity explained the importance of preserving the rich heritage of a state and how museums help in research and cultural studies. Professor Saroj Rani discussed further about the various textiles and handicrafts in the collection and how she along with her team had painstakingly collected each item . She emphasized that the present generation of students must value the culture and traditions and museum spaces must be upgraded as per international standards.

The online webinar was attended by faculty, students and research scholars of various disciplines making the webinar truly interdisciplinary and interactive.

The vote of thanks was extended by the coordinators of the webinar, Professor Dr. Rajeev Patnaik ,HOD,Centre of Advanced Study in Geology and Dr. Tirthankar Bhattacharya, chairperson art history and visual arts and Director museum of fine arts Panjab University Chandigarh.

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Chandigarh May 22, 2020

Webinar for Researchers of DES-MDRC, Panjab University

A webinar involving only the research students of history was held for the first time by Department of Evening Studies - Multi Disciplinary Research Centre (DES-MDRC), Panjab University today where Prof. G.C. Chauhan, a noted scholar of Early Indian History, discussed on the ‘Research Activities during COVID-19 Lockdown’. Prof. Mahesh Sharma,Chairperson informed that the aim of the webinar was to assess the impact of pandemic and lock-down/curfew on the research activities of these young researchers. It also provided an opportunity to share their research projects, methodology, and problems faced by them during this time with their peers as well as to seek suggestions, comments, and feedback.

11 research students participated and their topics ranged from early to modern times. Some of the topics presented were on the Pastoral Economy during Vedic times, Upanisadic Education, Land-grants in early Medieval India, Economic Foundations of Early Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Rituals of Grihasutras, and Apple Economy of Simla District. Comparative textual studies were presented too as the comparison in the treatment of Sita in the Ramayana and Raghuvansam, or on the provenance and social thought of Manu.

The emphasis of the research student’s webinar was to look for alternatives to conduct research, such as the use of internet and modern communication technologies, so as to make up for the curfew-time that could have been spent in the field, archives, libraries. The students emphasised the digital-commons, both for accessing as well as publishing, along with text archives and open access libraries as some of the repositories that sustained their readings and quest for new materials. They also welcomed the sensitivities of universities and major publishing houses who opened their digitised books and journals during these difficult times.

The faculty of the University also participated and made useful suggestions while motivating the research students to keep their morale high in these uncertain times.

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Chandigarh May 22, 2020

Distribution Drive by NSS Volunteers of PU

NSS volunteers of Panjab University, Chandigarh conducted distribution drive today, of free milk, biscuits and other food items for all the construction sites at sector- 14 Campus of PU. This drive was supported by an active NSS Volunteer, Garima Sharma, who is pursuing her Ph.D under the able guidance of Prof Navleen Kaur from Department of Community Education and Disability studies, Panjab university, Chandigarh.

This was organized in continuation of the ongoing efforts by NSS, Panjab University, Chandigarh in providing dry ration, milk and other basic amenities to the migrant workers at different construction sites from last almost two months. All the women were provided with milk whereas the children were given kheer with biscuits. Garima also shared tips with the women and children on hand hygiene and Social Distancing. She also shared the importance of healthy diet and how to make our immunity strong with children.

Dr Navdeep Sharma , Program Coordinator with Dr Succha Singh and Dr Anupam Bhari and Dr Vijeta D Chadha, NSS, Program officers appreciated the efforts of these Volunteers and offered them full support and cooperation for all such initiatives in future also.

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Special Window for Submission of Thesis at PU

In order to facilitate the research scholars of Panjab University, the submission of Phd/M.Phil desertations have been allowed through a special window made operative wef today, 22/5/20 for one hour from 11am to 12pm daily on working days at Administrative Block of PU, informed Prof Karamjeet Singh,Registrar.

Keeping in mind, the necessary guidelines issued for Covid19, special marking has been made on the floor to maintain the required social distancing, he added.