Chandigarh July 15, 2020

Sociology and Psychology relevant in dealing with behavioral challenges emerging in the society Due to Covid

PU ISSER and Public Administration Department Collaborate to Organize Two Webinars in July

In the two-webinar series planned to be undertaken collaboratively by PU-ISSER and the Department of Public Administration, P.U. Chandigarh, the first was organized on July 10, 2020 on the topic Social Sciences in the Era of COVID in the context of a famous quotation “Philosophers have Hitherto Only Interpreted the World in Various Ways. The point is to Change it.” by Karl Marx in Eleven Theses on Feuerbach. The key speaker of the Webinar was Dr. Jaskiran Kaur Mathur, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Saint Francis College, Brooklyn, New York. Prof. Swarnjit Kaur, Coordinator, PU-ISSER welcomed the speaker, invited guests, faculty members, research scholars, students pursuing under graduate and post graduate courses. Dr. Swarnjit Kaur while introducing the theme related it to a few pertinent queries such as whether we look at Marxian ideology to bring about a change in the post COVID world in general and social science in particular. She also shared with the attendees that PU Administration has played a key role in facilitating the joint endeavour.

Dr. Mathur started her talk by stating that COVID-19 has posed an unprecedented humanitarian challenge to the world today that has brought back into focus the relevance of myriad disciplines of social sciences impacting the behavioral responses. Dr. Mathur stressed how technology has completely changed the world and despite it how the COVID pandemic has isolated human beings. She highlighted that in such situations the disciplines of Sociology and Psychology are relevant in dealing with behavioral challenges emerging in the society. Besides, the discipline of Philosophy has come to acquire greater relevance as the answers to questions of life in crisis can be found only in Philosophy. She brought into focus the paradox of development and human life. She stressed that we need to engage social sciences with philosophical queries as to what is human life? What is the nature of society? What is the goal of human life? What is the relation of human beings with its society and environment? And here she underlined the significance of normative dialogue on diversity of issues concerning social sciences with more philosophical foundation. We need to reflect on the ideas contributed by various Philosophers and philosophical systems such as the Nyaya Shastra which engages with true knowledge (Prama) and the sources in light to have true understanding of self and society. She also dwelled on the philosophy of Karl Marx engaging ideas of human needs, dignity, equality and liberty. She stressed that we need to engage social sciences with global issues where the pandemic has shown how the world has come together to save humanity and human lives across international boundaries and territories.

The talk was followed by engaging discussion on Marx, Feuerbach and society wherein faculty members and students posed interesting questions on were by various. The webinar was well attended by different faculty members of Panjab University, Chandigarh and from across India. Dr Bharati Garg, Administrative Coordinator, Department of Public Administration, P.U., Chandigarh proposed the vote of thanks to all.

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Chandigarh July 15, 2020

Seven Days FDP Commenced at PU

With the initiatives of Ministry of Human Resource and Development, under the aegis of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching, the Center for Academic Leadership and Education Management (CALEM) running in Panjab University Chandigarh has taken an initiative to arrange an Online seven days Faculty Development Programme from July 15-20, 2020 on the theme of “Technology and Instructional Reforms with reference to Online Teaching, Learning and Evaluation”.

More than 700 participants from 35 universities from India got registered for this workshop. The course is coordinated by Dr Vishal Sharma (Coordinator, Swayam), Dr Kanwalpreet Kaur (Chairperson, IETVE), Prof. Kirandeep Singh (Chairperson, Deptt. of Education); Prof. Jatinder Grover (Coordinator CALEM and Dean, Faculty of Education), Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh in his address , while welcoming all the dignitaries and participants, shared that the main objective of this faculty development programme is to create awareness among faculty members about the online teaching-learning tools. Learning of these tools and techniques will help the faculty members to design their own online courses as well as E-content for the online teaching, learning and evaluation. He said that our teachers have to use this opportunity to refine their skills for managing instructions in the virtual classroom.

Prof. Manoj Dixit, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh inaugurated the workshop. He highlighted that classroom teaching has its own place but the situation like lockdown has provided enough space as well as an opportunity to the faculty for learning and practicing the various tools and techniques of online teaching. He has very rightly pointed out the problems of internet connectivity be taken care of in remote areas. He stressed on the need to use offline tools to cater the needs of the students of remote areas. The need is to train the teachers about using the technology tools to supplement and complement the learning.

Dr.Manpreet Singh Manna, SLIET, Longowal deliberated on scope of Digital Education in India and initiatives take by Govt. of India in this direction. He demonstrated how we can move from face to face education to digital education. For countering this pandemic situation, teachers and students have to be receptive to digital technology. Teachers have to make their lesson interactive and interesting to maintain the interest of students in online teaching. He suggested that teachers have to use open education resources for developing E-content. As learners are looking for change in the system of one-way digital education, teachers have to transform to ICT based teaching pedagogy. Participants raised the issues of institutional support and technical training as roadblocks in their initiatives to adopt online teaching learning procedures. During the period of COVID-19, teachers have to learn about the synchronous or asynchronous mode of blending. Television and Radio networks have to be used to cater to the needs of students living in hilly and inaccessible areas.

In the third session,Ms. Unnati Gulaty, Ex Academic Coordinator at CEC, New Delhi deliberated on the topic of Formulation & Submission of a MOOC proposal to SWAYAM. She guided the participants about framing the application for developing the MOOCs. She shared all the probable causes for rejection of the application for seeking grant to develop MOOC courses.

Prof.Jatinder Grover, Dean Faculty of education and Coordinator CALEM shared that Centre for academic Leadership and Educational Management has organised four FDP’s during the lockdown period. In the current COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rise in search on google on the themes “how to teach online”, “best virtual learning platforms”, “online teaching tools”, and “open education resources” etc. Teachers who were not ready to use technology, now have to take the bull by its horns. Others who are efficient in using all these resources and platforms require some re-learning.

Prof.Kirandeep Singh, Chairperson, Department of Education, earlier welcomed all the dignitaries and participants and elaborated on the theme of the workshop and shared that finding the right online teaching platform is just the first step of online teaching -learning. Learning how to use the various features correctly is important. But using a platform and its features to teach effectively and ensure that all students are learning is paramount .Dr. Vishal Sharma, Coordinator, SWAYAM Cell, proposed vote of thanks to all dignitaries and participants.

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Chandigarh July 15, 2020

ENACTUS PU TEAM AND DIR DISTRIBUTES FACE MASKS AND RATION KITS TO THE IMPOVERISHED

Enactus SSBUICET, Panjab University team along with Developing Indigenous Resources- India (DIR) distributed reusable and washable face masks and ration kits to the needy people in the village of Nayagaon. Also in Maloya village, face masks were distributed to the potter community working under project Dhra of Enactus team. The team is successfully running two projects - Dhra and Uday. Project Dhra aims to enhance the lives of potters by promoting the art of pottery as well as eradicating the use of plastic ware. Project Uday works on similar lines by eliminating the use of plastic bags by bringing up cloth bags into function. Both the projects were started with an aim to curb plastic menace, conveyed Prof. Seema Kapoor, Faculty Advisor, Enactus team.

DIR in collaboration with Enactus team has been working in Nayagaon Punjab for the upliftment and welfare of the underprivileged families particularly women to promote women empowerment. These Basti women, working under project Uday of Enactus team were given cloth to make reusable masks to earn some livelihood especially during the lockdown period when their husbands had no livelihood. During these rough times of uncertainty, the two bodies came together to work and to help them. The ration kits were distributed to extremely poor needy families who are dependent on day to day wages to earn the livelihood, identified by health promoters i.e medical team of DIR.

With COVID-19 being a major threat to health and economy globally, the team realized that it was not just the government implementing rules for safety but we also must take steps to maintain social distance and personal protection. It was a great opportunity for the community to use the up cycled material to make these non-surgical face masks for general use. The use of face masks in social spaces is therefore likely to play a vital role in mitigating disease spread. These masks are hand washable and comfortable to wear.

A total number of 128 grocery kits including 5 kg atta, 3 kg rice, 1 kg daal, 1 kg sugar, 100 gms haldi, 100 gms mirchi powder, 250 gms tea leaves & lifebuoy soap were distributed along with one bottle of supplements with 180 tablets. And a total of 250 number of stitched face masks were distributed in Nayagaon and Maloya, told Harleen Singh, President, Enactus team.

Dr. Asha Katoch, CEO, DIR-India conveyed that she is extremely grateful to Enactus team who is deeply involved in this mission of social cause. The team makes us all proud as the future and growth of India is only possible with dedication of such young blood.

Harleen Singh informed that DIR will soon start selling these masks in the local market at affordable prices to provide a stable income to the ladies working under Project Uday. The team seems to be optimistic and confident about this new challenge.

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Chandigarh July 15, 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. Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management and Security 1st Sem.
Dec. 2019.
2. B. Pharmacy 7th Sem. Dec. 2019.
The students are advised to see their result in their respective
Departments/Colleges/University website.