PU VC holds Meeting with Principal Investigators

CHANDIGARH,23.09.20-On the initiative of the Vice Chancellor,Panjab University Chandigarh,Prof Raj Kumar, a Virtual Interaction with Principal Investigators of different Science departments was held today which was chaired by the Vice Chancellor along with Dean Research, Prof V R Sinha.

During the meeting different challenges and difficulties faced by the PIs during this unprecedented pandemic situation were asked. Further, many significant progress or outcome of the current projects along with their area of research were also shared by the PIs during this interaction.

During this interaction, many PIs suggested that digital management system for their research projects may be evolved for smooth functioning of the projects as well as physical movement, during this current situation also be avoided by adopting this system.

Dean Research assured them that their suggestions and feedback will be considered favorably.

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A two days National Seminar on the theme ‘Transition from School to Higher Education in the context of National Education Policy 2020’ was organised from September 21-22, 2020 by Centre for Academic Leadership & Education Management (CALEM) Panjab University, Chandigarh .

Chandigarh September 23, 2020-A two days National Seminar on the theme ‘Transition from School to Higher Education in the context of National Education Policy 2020’ was organised from September 21-22, 2020 by Centre for Academic Leadership & Education Management (CALEM) Panjab University, Chandigarh under the aegis of PMMMNMTT, MHRD (GOI). About 280 participants from various Universities and Colleges around the country attended the seminar.

On the second day, Professor Pankaj Arora from Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi deliberated on ‘Restructuring School Education’. He discussed on the various aspects covered for school education in fifteen years of schooling. This policy suggests providing vocational education from class VI; play way method a focus at elementary level; instead of IQ based assessment, EQ based assessment has been proposed. He stated that NEP 2020 refers to “No hard Separation” in choice of stream of subjects taken up by the students. School Complexes will help in collaboration and resource pooling among them.

Professor Padma M. Sarangapani from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai discussed the recommendations of NEP 2020 for Preparing Teachers for School and Higher Education. She critically overviewed the existing structures in teacher education institutions. She raised some pertinent questions on the good curriculum to support the teacher education programmes; schools do not view the teacher training institutes as partners in teacher training; continuous linkage with the alumni shows the need to prepare them to be faculty in teacher education institutions. She suggested that we can have senior school teachers to act as mentors to the student teachers who go for training to the schools. It is a challenge for the teacher education institutions whether they are preparing student teachers as adaptive experts.

Professor M.A. Sudhir, UGC Emeritus Professor Gandhigram Rural University deliberated on ‘Reflections on NEP 2020 in the context of School Education’. He said the NEP 202 focuses on strategic reforms and innovative reforms. He referred to Mahatma Gandhi’s school of thought on basic and rural education. This policy will help the learners, people and future generations. A major change seen in this policy is by restructuring of school education by including early childhood care and education in the main school set up.He proposed we should now go in for videogogy than to pedagogy. We need to focus on independent thinking and innovative ideas.

In the valedictory session, Professor Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor Panjab University delivered the valedictory address and he said that NEP 2020 focusses on multiple entry and exit policy wherein giving lot of opportunity to students as per their resources. This policy has given flexibility for choice of courses. It has given lot of scope in terms of knowledge and infrastructure in available competency of all the Universities.

Guest of Honour of valedictory session, Professor Sudhir Gavhane, Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi Missions University, Aurangabad propounded that the basis of higher education is school education, a pioneering brain shifting where for instance if we make our basement strong, the building of higher education will be very strong. He said education has become digitalized, these technological interventions, school education has improved with COVID-19 situation. NEP 2020 aligns higher education structures to global education structures and promoting Research Intensive Universities.

Chief Guest of valedictory session, Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Padma Bhushan Awardee and Member NITI Aayog, Government of India in his presidential remarks spoke on the topic ‘Higher Education in the Context of National Education Policy’. The foundational skills and numeracy skills was not really good. Their foundation being weak, they could not do much in higher education. GER is starting point for evaluating program in Higher Education. It does not examine ‘Learning Outcomes’. How can our higher education system respond and prepare to skill, reskill and upskill this massive cadre which is being produced in schools? He said the traditional methods followed have not worked well and find a radically different approach to education and learning. The challenges of higher education in India have been enrolment, equity, quality, poor infrastructure, faculty shortages and inability of the state educational system to attract and retain good resource. He emphasized that for good education it is essential to have met knowledge i.e creativity and innovations. He stressed on the Education 4.0. The challenge of today is to move from content to connections, and teachers need training to stay relevant. It is important to instill 4Cs i.e communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. The NEP 2020 has proposed to follow Industry 4.0 where Government, Industry, University Research all to be aligned.

The Valedictory Session ended with a vote of thanks by Prof. Jatinder Grover, Dean Faculty of Education and Coordinator CALEM, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

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Chandigarh September 23, 2020

There are 50 seats vacant in Certificate course in Chinese Language and all 57 seats vacant in Certificate course in Tibetan Language for session 2020-21.These seats are open for offline admission. The candidates interested to take admission are advised to download the form from the Notice Board of the department website ,fill it up and submit the duly filled up form with required documents and the fee receipt of Rs.3000/-as late fee charge deposited under the Code T0190. They can submit their duly filled forms with fee receipt either in office or by sending it to Email ID chairperson_ctl@pu.ac.in on or before 26th September, 2020. The basic qualification for admission in these courses is + 2 pass.

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Chandigarh September 23, 2020

Act of Kindness Discussed at a webinar by PUAA

Panjab University Alumni Association in collaboration with Sustainable Development Goals, Choupal organized a curtain raiser for the upcoming October Conference named ‘Act of Kindness’ , an initiative by UNESCO which has been planned for furthering the cause of kindness. UNESCO is providing a salutary platform wherein people belonging to the age group of 15-35 years can come forward and share their stories of kindness which will further ensue a ripple effect, galvanizing many others. SDG Choupal is handling this initiative in India. The participants will be awarded with a certificate from UNESCO.

The event was moderated by Prof. Shruti Bedi, Prof. of Law, UILS, Panjab University, who is also the Coordinator of the October Conference. Prof. Bedi introduced all the speakers. Prof. Deepti Gupta, Dean Alumni Relations formally welcomed the speakers and the participants. She shared some of her experiences in life that she presented as examples of Acts of Kindness.

The invited speakers of the event were Mr. Vivek Atray, Ex IAS officer, Mr Sandeep Saxena, Rotarian and Mr. Abel Caine, Senior project officer, Head of Youth Programme, UNESCO MGIEP and Rtn Deepak Dwivedi, Chairman, Editor in chief, Dainik Bhaskar, Noida. Mr Dwivedi is also chairman SDG Choupal.

Mr. Deepak Dwivedi started the conference by introducing the initiative taken by SDG Choupal. He shared a video of SDG Choupal’s initiatives in India. Mr. Abel Caine explained in detail the Kindness initiative by UNESCO. He explained about the free Compassion Integrity Training and the internships offered by UNESCO. He shared relevant links with the participants in the chat.

Then Mr Vivek Atray gave a motivating speech to the participants about Inspiration, Innovation and Integrity and said that the youth need to add these to their repertoire. He gave simple examples of being kind and helpful to others and concluded by saying one has to change himself or herself to create a ripple effect to change the world.

The participants asked a few questions from Mr Abel Caine about the UNESCO internships. Prof. Shruti Bedi gave a vote of thanks and the curtain raiser ended.

For further enquires, contact: Prof. Deepti Gupta, Dean, Alumni Relations: 9815602090