Chandigarh July 14, 2020

Importance of Healthy Diet discussed at Webinar by PUAA

Panjab University Alumni Association organized a Webinar on ‘Eat Well to Live Well’ by Dr. Rakesh Kochhar, Professor and Head, Department of Gastroenterology, Sub – Dean, Research, PGIMER, Chandigarh, today .

Prof. Deepti Gupta, Dean Alumni Relations, welcomed and introduced Dr. Kochhar who has a rich experience of 42 years with PGIMER. She informed that the webinar was aimed at demystifying diet fads and reinforcing the importance of healthy eating.

Dr. Rakesh Kochhar gave a very informative presentation on various aspects of diet, weight and health like how to chew food, what is a healthy weight, intermittent fasting, calorie count of popular food items, myths and facts about diet, food poisoning, milk intolerance, energy intake and energy expenditure to name some.

Towards the end there were many interesting questions from the participants. Dr. Kochhar answered them in detail which shed more light on various myths about food and cleared everyone’s doubts. The remaining questions will be sent to Dr. Kochhar by email. A lot of appreciation and thanks poured in on the chat from the participants for Dr. Kochhar and PUAA. The participants even requested for another session with Dr. Kochhar which PUAA will try to organize.

Prof. Deepti Gupta proposed a vote of thanks to Dr. Kochhar and concluded the event. The recording of the event will be made available on request.

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Chandigarh July 14, 2020

Science in Action Series at PU

An Online National Workshop on "Science in Action-Series I" was organized to introduce science students to MANAV-The Human Atlas Initiative of DBT, New Delhi. Dr. Anupma Harshal, Consultant, IISER, Pune spoke about "How to read scientific literature" in the three day event organized jointly by Department of Biochemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh and Department of Food Science, MCM DAV College Chandigarh.

More than 650 participants from all across the country are participating in this interactive workshop where they are learning to contribute to creation of a unified database of molecular networks of tissues in the human body. "This is a very encouraging activity related to science awareness, dissemination, communication and application for society engagement in this unique initiative of DBT, New Delhi", Professor Archana Bhatnagar, Chairperson, Department of Biochemistry, Panjab University commented. Dr. Nisha Bhargava, Principal, MCM DAV drew an interesting parallel with traditional scriptures by quoting the activity as "From Khandprastha to Indraprastha". The citizen led initiative inspired me to start this series of workshops, involving a variety of strata of participants, felt Dr. Geeta Mehra, Head, Department of Food Science, MCM DAV, Chandigarh.

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Chandigarh July 14, 2020

Opportunities for Youth in Hospitality and Tourism Industry in the Covid Era Discussed at PU Webinar

University Institute of Hotel and Tourism Management, Panjab University, Chandigarh organized a webinar today on “Opportunities for Youth in Hospitality and Tourism Industry in the Covid Era” . All the faculty members and students of UIHTM joined the webinar.

Mr. Mayur Sud, Managing Director, Great Himalayan Adventure Studio (GHAS) was the speaker of the webinar. Prof. Raj Kumar, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, in his inaugural address congratulated the department for organizing the webinar related to youth. He said that youth are our future and these types of events for youth should be organized from time to time. He motivated the students to not panic from the COVID-19 situation. It is just a temporary phase. After the Covid-19, when everything will be normal, then again hospitality and tourism industry job opportunities will be generated. According to the current scenario, the youth who has updated knowledge and is energetic and fresh will have better employment opportunities thus should at the moment focus on enhancing their technical knowledge by joining such kind of webinars and online courses through virtual mode.

Mr. Mayur Sud said that we should use this time of Covid-19 in a positive way to enhance knowledge and skill through online mode. Now-a-days short term courses related to the computer and hotel and tourism industry are available through online mode many of which are free of cost. Dr. Anish Slath, Director (UIHTM) thanked Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Mayur Sud, faculty and students of UIHTM for making this event successful.

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Chandigarh July 14, 2020

Role of Higher Education Institutes During and After COVID Crises Discussed at PU Webinar

The Interdisciplinary Center for Swami Vivekananda Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh and Panchanada Sansthan Chandigarh jointly organised a webinar on the topic “Role of Higher Education Institutes During and After COVID Crises”.

Prof.Raj Kumar Vice chancellor, Panjab University extended formal welcome to the guests and appreciated the topic of the webinar. He pointed out that the role of higher educational institutions during and after COVID-19 is especially important and stressed that quality consciousness in education is a must. The basic essence is thus to imbibe value-based practical education.

Prof.B. K Kuthiala, patron Panchanada Sansthan Chandigarh opined that if we want to take higher education to the expectations of the society then higher education institutions need to understand their role, obligation, and commitment towards the society.Total 90% of the governance team passes out from higher education institutions, how people are doing work at all levels depends upon what they learnt from these institutions. Hence the role of higher education institutions is very important in creating sincere and devoted workers who can work for the upliftment of the society.

Prof. Anirudha Deshpande, an eminent educationist and Akhil Bhartiya Samark Pramukh, RSS highlighted that there are 40 crore students in higher educational institutions. There is a serious need to change the way in which education is being imparted.The changes are required not only in teaching pedagogy but in delivery mode i.e. offline and online and sitting arrangements in classrooms.All these issues are to be addressed. There is a paradigm shift in higher education due to COVID-19. The honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given the concept of Atma Nirbhar Bharat for which technology to be adopted to move forward. However, he emphasised that dialogue between student and teacher is very important so this needs to be ensured. Though Indians are always ahead in research, we need to concentrate on quality research having social relevance and applicability. Academia-industry interface is must so as to impart practical education to the students which is socially relevant. New education policy focuses on vocational and skill-based education.The higher educational institutions should focus on introducing specialised and multidisciplinary courses which can generate employment.

The lecture was followed by discussions and observations on the topic in which the participants actively took part. The interactive session was moderated by Dr. Vishal Sharma, from the department of Forensic Science and Criminology, PU. Prof. Renu Thakur, Coordinator ICSVS conducted the proceedings and proposed the vote of thanks.

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Chandigarh July 14, 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. BA, B.Ed-5th Semester, Dec-19

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

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Chandigarh July 14, 2020

Webinar on Startup Ecosystem and Grant Writing organized by BioNEST- PU

The Bioincubator of the Panjab University, BioNEST-PU organized an online interactive session-cum-webinar entitled, “Introduction to Startup Ecosystem and Grant Writing”. The webinar was hosted by the incubator to enable young startups and researchers learn about opportunities for growth in the startup ecosystem. The speakers aimed at enumerating the opportunities in the startup ecosystem available for life-science innovators, to help young innovators with the basics of grant-writing for flawless project proposals.

Prof. Raj Kumar,Vice Chancellor of the Panjab University opened the webinar with encouraging words for all the researchers on-board to keep working for their growth from wherever they are. He also highlighted how the Bioincubator of the University has been actively functioning even during the lockdown with innovators getting involved in the online seminars, applying for various projects, and receiving government funding. Professor Raj Kumar proudly informed the audience that the BioNEST has garnered financial support of over 1.27 Cr from its corporate allies under industry-academia bonding. He also emphasized on the need for industry-academia collaborations and why these collaborations are needed now more than ever.

Dr. Rohit Sharma, the Project Leader of BioNEST-PU informed how their team had received an overwhelming response for the webinar in just one day after it was announced online. “The webinar got an inquisitive audience of more than 100 participants and that shows how excited and interested we all are to find out solutions to the problem of unemployment, the youth is looking forward to opportunities for becoming job-providers.” Dr. Sharma said. Students and faculty from not just the university, but from the neighboring institutes as well as educational institutes from all over the country attended the session and remained present online throughout.

The speaker for the webinar, Dr. Ashutosh Pastor is managing Startup Incubation at the Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He is supporting implementation of various funding programs for innovators and entrepreneurs in the Biotechnology domain like BIRAC BIG, SEED, LEAP, Pfizer-IIT Delhi Innovation and IP program, and many other government and CSR funded programs. Dr. Vikas Pandey, co-Founder and Managing Director of Valetude Primus Healthcare also joined as a guest speaker and shared his journey and learning’s as a startup.

Dr. Sharma informed that the BioNEST-PU has also been selected for a greater role to be played as a regional center for i-TTO. Innovation Technology Transfer office (i-TTO) is a regional TTO established at Foundation for Innovative and Technology Transfer (FITT) under National Biopharma Mission of BIRAC with a mandate to assist the individual innovators, startup, bioincubators for IP, technology transfer and Academia- Industry collaborations. Dr Tripta Dixit, Deputy Project Manager at I-TTO briefed the audience about the significance of iTTO.

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Chandigarh July 14, 2020

Study of Covid 19 in the Five Adopted Villages by PU

Panjab University, Chandigarh conducted an impact assessment study of COVID-19 in the five adopted villages of Panjab University namely Khuda Ali Sher, Kudda Lahora, ,Khudda Jassu, Dhanas and Sarangpur. The study was carried out to understand the awareness level, various challenges posed and the best strategies adopted by each village to combat COVID-19.

Findings revealed that every village was taking steps to sanitise their village, create awareness and help the people in kind to tackle this hour of crisis. Prof V.R. Sinha, Dean Research initiated this work and allocated the responsibility to Dr. Monica Munjial Singh, Chairperson, Centre for Social Work, Dr. Navdeep Sharma NSS Coordinator, Dr. Shivani Sharma, Chairperson, Department of Philosophy and Dr. Savita Prashar, Coordinator, Centre for Public Health for conducting the research survey.

A study related to Pandemic of 1918 was also carried out alongside by the Chairperson, Department of History Prof. Anju Suri wherein she studied and listed out the symptoms and the fury, government’s initiatives to tackle the situation and the relevance of the 1918 pandemic in today’s time. The findings from the five villages and the Pandemic of 1918 were complied and a comphrensive report was submitted to the University Grants Commission.