Chandigarh May 17, 2019
PU undergraduate student appointed as Visiting Fellow
Rasmeet Singh, 2nd year student of B.E (Chemical) at Dr. S. S. Bhatnagar
University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology Panjab University,
Chandigarh (SSBUICET) has been appointed as a visiting fellow in the Faculty of
Engineering and Information Technology, Sydney, Australia for the period of two months
to participate in an Australian research project w.e.f 2nd June, 2019. Its first such
case of UICET.

Rasmeet is pursuing his research work along with his bachelor’s degree under
the supervision of Dr. Sanjeev Gautam, Asst. Prof., Advanced Functional Materials Lab,
Dr. SSBUICET, Panjab University. Generally, under graduate students in UICET starts
working on some research projects, if they are interested for higher studies after
their bachelor’s degree.

He has been appointed to conduct research on “Designing and Development of
pretreatment Filtration System for Water and Wastewater” at University of Technology
Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Sanjeev Gautam has started a hydrogen based fuel cell and hydrogen storage
research along with other energy harvesting resources like photovoltaics, perovskite
solar cells and thermoelectric. Mr. Rasmeet is currently working on the development of
hybrid graphene compounds for hydrogen storage properties and wastewater purification.


Chandigarh May 17, 2019

Curtain Raiser
Seven Days’ Workshop on Qualitative Research Methods in Social Sciences
The Centre for Leadership & Education Management (CALEM), Department of
Education, Panjab University Chandigarh under the aegis of (Pandit Madan Mohan
Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching) PMMMNMTT, MHRD, Govt of India is
organizing 7 days’ national workshop from May 20-26, 2019 on Qualitative Research
Methods in Social Sciences with the theme Equity and Social Justice at ICSSR Hall,
Panjab University. The keynote speaker will be Prof. Padma M. Sarangapani from Tata
Institute of Social Science, Mumbai and the inaugural session will be chaired by Prof.
Krishna Kumar, Padma Shri and former Director NCERT, New Delhi. Prof. Devinder Singh,
Secretary to Vice Chancellor, P.U. Chandigarh will be the Chief Guest for the
inaugural session on May 20, 2019. The workshop will bring together the
educationists, academicians and researchers from eminent institutions across the
length and breadth of the country. The highlight of the workshop is to draw upon the
traditions of qualitative research methods catering to the purpose of equity and
social justice. The objective is to equip the researchers in developing a deep
understanding about the epistemological and methodological framework of qualitative
research designs along with providing participants a holistic perspective about
current social issues.
Chandigarh May 17, 2019
PUTHAT-2019 result announced
This is for the information of the public in general and students in
particular that the result of PUTHAT-2019 conducted by the Panjab University,
Chandigarh on 10-05-2019 for admission to Bachelor of Hotel Management & Catering
Technology and Bachelor of Tourism & Travel Management has been declared today. The
toppers of PUTHAT-2019 are :
Roll No. Name Rank
400194 Vaishnavi Paliwal 1
400039 Mannat Bhardwaj 2
400193 Vikas Sharma 3
The result is available on website.
Chandigarh May 17, 2019
Workshop by Public Administration, PU
Department of Public Administration, Panjab University, Chandigarh under the
UK-India Research Council's project "Transforming India’s Green Revolution through
Research and Empowerment for Sustainable Food Supplies (TIGR2ESS) organized a
workshop titled “Food Grains and Health” by Professor Richa Puri, Department of
Botany, Panjab University, Chandigarh and Dr Poonam Khanna, Assistant Professor of
Nutrition in School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Professor Ramanjit Kaur Johal, Co-Principal Investigator and Chairperson,
Department of Public Administration, Panjab University introduced the TIGR2ESS project
and opined that the project aims to define the requirements and set the policy agenda
for a 'second Green Revolution' in India focussing on skill development, health and
well being, framed by demographic changes affecting rural communities and feminisation
of smallholder farming systems. The project will develop and strengthen alliances
across a carefully selected network of UK and Indian experts, build long-term
research capacity and partnerships for sustainable agriculture that will set India on
the path to a second Green Revolution. The project is being led by University of
Cambridge in which around 20 collaborating institutions from UK and India.
Professor Richa Puri delivered an introductory lecture on “Minor cereals of
the World, India and Punjab”. Professor Puri stated that out of the estimated 75,000
species of edible plants, only about 150 have been used and of these only about 30
species provide 90% of the world’s food. She further deliberated on the history of
cereals. Professor Puri discussed at length different forms of cereals and millets of
the world, India and Punjab and also carried out a comparison of millets with wheat on
the basis of their nutrient content. She concluded that though the governments have
been initiating policies and programmes to promote cultivation of millets against the
dominating cropping pattern of wheat and rice but still the success of these
initiatives is far from satisfactory.
Dr Poonam Khanna spoke on “Growing challenges towards healthy diets”. Dr
Khanna shared with the audiences that the problem of under nutrition, malnutrition and
over nutrition remains a major challenges especially in the developing nations and
discussed its linkages with dietary patterns. An unhealthy diet is one of the key
risk factors for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). To overcome this problem, people
must be able to have adequate, diverse and safe diets in moderate quantity. She
further stated that the government policies must aim towards improving our food
systems including processes such as production, storage, transport and trade,
transformation, retail and provisioning and food environment.
The workshop was attended by faculty and researchers from Department of Public
Administration, interns from PGIMER and delegates from Mehr Baba Charitable Trust,
Fatehgarh Sahib. Both the sessions were highly interactive and were appreciated for
giving a strong understanding and awareness about food grains and nutrition.